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The following are participants in The Last Word, the seven-hour finale to Maurizio Cattelan: All that begins at 6 pm on Saturday, January 21.

Aquila Theatre is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit company founded in London in 1991 by Peter Meineck and based in New York since 1999. Aquila's mission is to bring the greatest theatrical works to the greatest number. To this end, Aquila presents a regular season of plays in New York, at international festivals, and tours to approximately seventy American towns and cities each year. Aquila produces an extensive educational program and is also professional company in residence at the Center for Ancient Studies at New York University. This evening's performers are John Buxton, Nathan Flower, James Knight, Jay Painter, April Yvette Thompson, and Michele Vazquez.

Robert Boyd is an interdisciplinary artist working in video installation, photography, and sculpture. His work has been exhibited at C/O Berlin (2011); Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany (2010); MoMA/PS1, New York (2008); PinchukArtCentre, Kiev, Ukraine (2008); and Participant Inc, New York (2006). His video Xanadu (2007) was an official selection of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. His work is represented in the Guggenheim Museum collection.

Slater Bradley works in photography, drawing, painting, film, and video, and explores the melancholia embedded in popular culture, often through the guise of his "doppelganger." He was recently featured in a solo exhibition at the Aspen Art Museum (2011–12). His work is represented in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, and Guggenheim Museum, all New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

Doryun Chong is Associate Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture,  Museum of Modern Art, New York. He formerly worked at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, where he organized Haegue Yang: Integrity of the Insider (2009–10); Tetsumi Kudo: Garden of Metamorphosis (2008–09); and Brave New Worlds (2007–08). Chong is a contributing editor to ArtAsiaPacific magazine. He is currently working on an exhibition on the art of Tokyo from 1955 to 1970.

Simon Critchley is Hans Jonas Professor, New School for Social Research, New York. He is the author of many books, including The Book of Dead Philosophers (2008), and both Impossible Objects: Interviews and The Faith of the Faithless; Experiments in Political Theology are forthcoming. He also writes for the New York Times.

Drew Daniel  is Director of Undergraduate Studies and Assistant Professor, Department of English, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. He is the author of Twenty Jazz Funk Greats (2008) and The Melancholy Assemblage: Affect and Epistemology in the English Renaissance (forthcoming). He lives in Baltimore and is one half of the band Matmos.

Arthur C. Danto is Johnsonian Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Columbia University, New York, and was the art critic for the Nation from 1984 to 2009. He is the author of several books on analytical philosophy and the philosophy of art, and winner of the National Book Critics Prize for Criticism in 1990 as well as 2003 Le Prix Philosophie for The Madonna of the Future: Essays in a Pluralistic Art World (2000).

Tracey Emin is an artist who has been the subject of numerous solo shows, including the widely acclaimed midcareer retrospective Tracey Emin: Love Is What You Want (2011) at the Hayward Gallery, London. She was also recently the focus of a 20-year retrospective at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2008), and in 2007 represented the UK at the Venice Biennale. She is a Royal Academician and Eranda Professor of Drawing at the Royal Academy Schools, London.

Marc Etkind is the author and editor of —Or Not To Be: A Collection of Suicide Notes (1997), a book that has developed a cult following and inspired art projects, musical performances, and staged readings. Along with Philip Roth's Portnoy’s Complaint  (1969), Maurizio Cattelan featured it as an artist choice in his Phaidon monograph. Etkind has spent the last 20 years working in television and is currently Senior Vice President, Discovery Communications.

Amy Hollywood is Elizabeth H. Monrad Professor of Christian Studies, Divinity School, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Author of Sensible Ecstasy: Mysticism, Sexual Difference, and the Demands of History (2002), she writes about Christian mysticism, psychoanalysis, and philosophy.

Stewart Home has been a cultural activist since the late-1970s, organizing punk bands and fanzines and moving on to gallery exhibitions, live art, and commercial publication in the 1980s and beyond. From 1990 to 1993 under the aegis of an "art strike," he stopped writing and making art for three years. He is the author of thirteen novels, one story collection, and six nonfiction works as well as the editor of various anthologies. His most recent novel is Blood Rites of the Bourgeoisie (2010). His most recent solo exhibition was Again, a Time Machine (2011) at White Columns, New York.

Tehching Hsieh was born in Taiwan. He came to America illegally in 1974 and was granted amnesty in 1988. Using long-duration performances, making art and life simultaneous, Hsieh made five One Year Performances between 1978 and 1986 and a Thirteen Year Plan (1986–99). He stopped making art in 2000.

Pierre Huyghe  explores the intersection between history and memory and fact and fiction in his multimedia work. He has had solo exhibitions at the Tate, London (2006);  Dia Art Center, New York (2003–04); and Castello di Rivoli–Museo d’arte contemporanea, Italy (2004), among other venues. In 2001 he represented France at the Venice Biennale and in 2002 was awarded the Guggenheim Museum's Hugo Boss Prize. He has an upcoming exhibition at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, in fall 2013.

Thomas Lawson is an artist with a multifaceted practice. He has been exhibiting paintings and publishing essays for over 30 years. With Susan Morgan. he edited and published REALLIFE magazine through the 1980s. He is currently editor-in-chief of East of Borneo and Dean, School of Art, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia.

David Lipsky is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and author of Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace (2010), which was a New York Times bestseller and an NPR Best Book of the Year. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s, The Best American Short Stories, New York Times, New York Times Book Review, and many other publications.

Courtney Love is a rock musician and actress. She is the lead vocalist, lyricist, and rhythm guitarist for alternative band Hole, which she formed in 1989. Its most recent album is Nobody’s Daughter (2010). Love has had acclaimed roles in Man on the Moon (1999) and The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996).

Matmos is M. C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel, aided and abetted by many others. In their recordings and live performances over the last nine years, Schmidt and Daniel have worked to change our perceptions of what music means and where it comes from, creating peculiar electronic sound assemblages of rhythm and noise that often feel like musical versions of Alexander Calder's mobiles.

Adam McEwen is an artist based in New York. He wrote obituaries for the Daily Telegraph in London before he turned the genre into various artworks. McEwen's sculptures and conceptual practice are primarily concerned with the blurred line between fiction and history.

Rick Moody is the author of the novels The Four Fingers of Death (2010), Purple America (2005), the Pushcart Press Editors’ Book Award winner Garden State (1997), The Diviners (1997), and The Ice Storm (1995). He is also the author of two story collections and a memoir, The Black Veil (2002), winner of the PEN/ Martha Albrand Award. He has received the Addison Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Paris Review's Aga Khan Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Sarah Murray is the author of Making an Exit: From the Magnificent to the Macabre—How We Dignify the Dead (2011) and Moveable Feasts: From Ancient Rome to the 21st Century, the Incredible Journeys of the Food We Eat (2007). A longtime Financial Times contributor, she lives in New York.

Sina Najafi is Editor-in-Chief of Cabinet magazine and the editorial director of Cabinet Books. Najafi has also curated or cocurated numerous exhibitions, including The Museum of Projective Personality Testing, Manifesta 7, Trento, Italy (2008); Odd Lots: Revisiting Gordon Matta-Clark’s Fake Estates, White Columns and Queens Museum of Art, New York (2005–06); Philosophical Toys, Apex Art, New York (2005); and the traveling exhibition The Paper Sculpture Show (2003–07).

Francis Naumann is a scholar, curator, and art dealer, specializing in Dada and Surrealism. He has authored numerous articles and exhibition catalogues, including his most recent, Marcel Duchamp: The Art of Chess (2009). Naumann currently owns and operates a gallery in New York.

Nancy Northup is President and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, a global human-rights organization that uses constitutional and international law to secure women's reproductive freedom. Under her leadership, the center has expanded its international program and helped build the legal capacity of women's rights advocates in over 45 countries.

Not an Alternative is a hybrid arts collective and nonprofit with a mission to affect popular understandings of events, symbols, and history. Cofounded by Beka Economopoulos and Jason Jones, it hosts programs at a variety of venues, including its Brooklyn-based gallery No-Space.

Brian O'Doherty has worked at Barnard College, New York; the National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D.C.; and Art in America. He is the author of Inside the White Cube: The Ideology of the Gallery Space (1986). O'Doherty has adopted various personae, including Sigmund Bode, Mary Josephson, and Patrick Ireland (born 1972), whom he buried in 2008. Beyond the White Cube: A Retrospective of Brian O’Doherty/Patrick Ireland traveled to New York University's Grey Gallery in 2007.

Philippe Parreno considers the exhibition to be an integral element in his art, which also comprises publications, lectures, and performances. Solo shows of his work have been organized by numerous international institutions, including Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2009); Kunsthalle Zürich, Zurich (2006); and Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris (2002 and 1998). He was featured in theanyspacewhatever (2008–09) at the Guggenheim Museum, and his work will be the focus of an exhibition at the Fondation Beyeler, Basel, later this year.

Sandhini Poddar is Associate Curator, Asian Art, Guggenheim Museum. As a key member of the Asian Art Initiative, she is responsible for developing exhibitions and educational programs as well as helping acquire modern and contemporary Asian art for the Guggenheim's international network. Her exhibition Being Singular Plural will open at the Guggenheim on March 2.

Proenza Schouler is a New York–based women’s wear and accessories brand founded in 2002 by designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez. Drawing inspiration from contemporary art and youth culture, Proenza Schouler is defined by its fusion of craftsmanship and attention to detail with a sense of refined ease.

Michael Rush is Founding Director, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing. The former director of the Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, is an award-winning curator and widely published author and critic on media art. Rush also cofounded the Contemporary Art Museum Directors Association.

Virginia Rutledge is no longer affiliated with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, or Creative Commons. She remains an art historian and most recently was the curator of the 2011 Texas Biennial. She heads PIPE Arts Group and is an attorney in private practice, focusing on art, intellectual property, and cultural organizations.

Steven Schwartz is Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal, New York, a firm that works in global forensics and dispute services. He specializes in economic litigation. His areas of concentration are antitrust and competition policy, patent damages, other intellectual-property matters, and damage estimation in complex commercial disputes.

Nancy Spector is Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Guggenheim Foundation, for which she has organized exhibitions on conceptual photography, Marina Abramović, Matthew Barney's Cremaster cycle (1994–2002), Louise Bourgeois, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Richard Prince, and Tino Sehgal. She is the curator of Maurizio Cattelan: All.

Mark Taylor  is Chair, Department of Religion, Columbia University, New York. A leading figure on postmodernism, Taylor has written on topics ranging from philosophy, religion, literature, and art to education, science, technology, and economics. He is a contributing writer to the New York Times and author of over 25 books, including most recently Refiguring the Spiritual: Beuys, Barney, Turrell, Goldsworthy (2012) and Field Notes From Elsewhere: Reflections on Dying and Living (2009).

George Vecsey is a nonfiction writer and contributing sports columnist for the New York Times. He has covered many subjects, including interviews with the Dalai Lama, and his sports topics include the World Cup, Tour de France, Olympics, and all American sports. He has written books about Loretta Lynn, Martina Navratilova, coal mining, and alcoholism. His biography of Stan Musial was a 2001 best seller.

Jamieson Webster is a psychoanalyst in New York. She teaches at Eugene Lang College and the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. She is an author, most recently of The Life and Death of Psychoanalysis (2011). 

Donelle Woolford is an artist and performer based in Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx, Philadelphia, London, and Vienna. Her next show, Dick’s Jokes, will take place at Air de Paris in September.

Matt Wrbican is Chief Archivist, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, and oversees the artist's archives and Time Capsules (1974–87). He has curated over 20 Warhol exhibitions in 20 years, including Twisted Pair: Marcel Duchamp / Andy Warhol (2010). While he is no longer a practicing artist, he has an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh.