Gary Dauphin is an award-winning storyteller and digital team leader whose work encompasses the worlds of print, digital, television, education, and museums.
He helped create some of the web’s most influential African American sites—AOL Black Voices, Africana.com, and BlackPlanet.com—and also reimagined the digital platforms of KCETLink and the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. In the museum digital space, he relaunched the California African American Museum’s web infrastructure and helped open the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
His writing has appeared in venues ranging from Artforum to The Root, from Interview to Bidoun. He was also a contributor to The Village Voice for over a decade and was Vibe Magazine’s first film critic. He has also appeared in several print anthologies.
Associate Curator, Digital, Academy Museum of Motion Pictures - Los Angeles, CA - 5/20-present
- Oversees all aspects of digital content creation, digital interpretation (in-gallery and online), and user experience strategy for the nation’s largest museum of film art, science, and history.
- Lead product manager, producer, and editor on an innovative suite of digital experiences designed to extend and interpret exhibitions, including web articles, in-gallery augmented reality, location-aware audio tours in six languages, and bespoke digital projects such as Hollywood Past & Present and the award-winning Academy Awards History Digital Timeline.
Co-Founder, CARGA1804, Los Angeles, CA - 2010-present
- CARGA 1804 is a Caribbean-focused art collective co-founded with Colombian American artist Carolyn Castaño. Its installations and videos have shown at QiPO Fair, CDMX, Mexico; ARTSHARE LA, Los Angeles; Surplus Space, Portland; PØST, Los Angeles; and other venues.
Independent Digital Strategist and Product Manager - 2005-present
- Maintains an active consultancy that helps mission-based organizations develop digital content management, staffing, community, and storytelling strategies. Past clients include NPR West, the ACLU of Southern California, The USC Race and Equity Center, and others.
- Won a competitive bid to become the lead product manager and editorial strategist on the 2017 redesign of caamuseum.org, the webite of the largest state museum of African American art and history in the US. Developed a suite of new blog types and a new exhibition page format for the museum.
Writer and Essayist - 1995-present
- Several hundred articles, essays, and multimedia pieces on film, fine art, and popular culture for a range of national and international print and digital publications. Visit garydauphin.com/portfolio for an annotated selection of articles.
Adjunct Lecturer, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA - 8/13-12/19
- Taught Journalism and New Media, Reviewing the Arts and the LMU journalism major's digital capstone course, where graduating seniors pursued semester-long projects.
- Created and taught the first installment of a course on the history of ethnic media in Los Angeles.
- First faculty advisor for LMU's student chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists.
Editor-in-Chief, annenberg.usc.edu, Los Angeles, CA - 5/14-2/16
- Managed all digital operations for one of America’s premier journalism schools.
- Product manager for the 2015 re-launch of annenberg.usc.edu, which increased year-to-year traffic to the school’s journalism master’s degree area 18,611%.
- Developed new web editorial and faculty recognition formats that are still in use by the school.
KCET and KCETLink, Los Angeles, CA and San Francisco, CA - 9/09-5/14
- Managed a team of thirteen at its peak in two cities and a seven-figure budget.
- Repeatedly recognized for delivery of innovative digital content through promotion and selection for mission-critical start-up initiatives.
- Vice President, Digital - 5/13-5/14: Managed all digital operations at KCET and LinkTV. Product manager and editorial lead on the StandUp Planet show site, the LinkTV and KCET.org video streaming portals, and the Link World News mobile app.
- Director, New Media - 1/11-5/13: Introduced new storytelling formats such as show recaps, geo-located video content, and election explainers that increased site visitors by 245%, this as broadcast ratings declined. Took over direct responsibility for KCET’s online fundraising tools, as well as creative direction for online donor and membership campaigns. Launched the KCET Food subscription vertical.
- Site Manager & Editor, KCET.org - 9/09-1/11: Created, edited, or top-edited all editorial and seasonal packages for KCET.org, including Departures: Chinatown, an immersive, community history experience. Primary strategist and information architect on the 5/10 re-launch of KCET.org. Launched KCET Facebook and Twitter accounts.
AOL, Cambridge MA, Dulles, VA, and New York, NY - 4/02-7/05
- Managed a team of over twenty-five at its peak in three cities and a seven-figure budget.
- Held multiple, overlapping senior positions at one of the world’s largest digital brands. Repeatedly recognized for exceptional performance through fast-track promotions.
- Director, AOL African American Programming Group and Founding Editor-in-Chief, AOL Black Voices - 3/04-7/05: Primary content strategist and information architect on the development and 10/04 launch of AOL Black Voices, the first AOL brand offered outside the dial-up “Walled Garden.” Managed acquisition of BlackVoices.com from the Tribune Company. Launched the “Black Focus” AOL Welcome screen within the dial-up AOL product. Set editorial direction and business strategy for the African American category across all AOL businesses.
- General Manager and Editor-in-Chief, Africana.com - 4/02-3/04: Managed all editorial, community, marketing, sales, and technical operations at Africana.com, a daily updating website focusing on the art, politics, and culture of the African Diaspora. Assigned, edited, and top-edited articles for all sections. Primary strategist on the February 2003 re-launch of the site, which introduced new blogging, multimedia, and community features that moved African from #8 on CommScore’s African American ranking to #4 despite sharp budget cuts. Created and wrote “The Africana A-List” news roundup, which became the site’s most visited feature.
Community Connect, New York, NY - 11/99-4/02
- Site Manager, BlackPlanet.com - 4/00-4/02: Promoted to manage all day-to-day editorial, community, and technical operations for BlackPlanet.com, which became the #1 African American web property during this period.
- Editor, BlackPlanet.com, 11/99-4/00: Took a job as a section editor at a then-fledgling site called BlackPlanet in 1999, and would eventually become charged with managing the site's day-to-day editorial, sales integration, technical integration and community operations. A thrilling, transformative experience.
Contributing Writer, The Village Voice, New York, NY (1/95-4/02)
- Wrote weekly film reviews, profiles, essays, and festival round-ups.
Writer-at-Large, Vibe Magazine, New York, NY (1/97-1/00)
- Vibe's first film critic.
- Yale University, BA, Cinema Studies
- Clarion West Workshop, Certificate
- National Association of Black Journalists
- Museum Computer Network (MCN)
- Winner, four (4) W³ Awards, for The Academy Awards History Digital Timeline, 2021
- Winner, LA Press Club Best News Website Award, for SOCAL Connected (KCET), 2012
- Notable Essay, The Aloha President (Bidoun), Best American Essays, 2010
- Winner, LA Press Club Best Online Multimedia Package, for “Photos by Sammy Davis” (NPR’s News & Notes), 2008
- Webby Award Nominee, Lifestyle and Social Networking categories, for AOL Black Voices, 2005
APPEARANCES, CITATIONS, COLLABORATIONS
- Reader, Graffiti, Skylight Books, Los Angeles (2019)
- Contributor, Graffiti; Pallavi Dhawan, Devi S. Laska & Tamika Thompson, eds., Aunt Lute Books (2019)
- Participant (as part of CARGA 1804), QIPO 01, Curated by Claudia Huiza Presents; CDMX, Mexico (2019)
- Presenter, ”Victory Conditions,” The International Expanded Field, Human Resources, Los Angeles (2019)
- Panelist, “Local journalism, Trust, and Corporate Media Consolidation,” Wikipedia Day LA, The Ace Hotel, Los Angeles (2019)
- Presenter, “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough: How to Listen to Michael Jackson,” Omniaudience: Triple Canopy in residence at the Hammer Museum, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2018)
- Walkthrough Presenter, “Stories of Almost Everyone,” The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2018)
- Participant, National Forum on Advancing Art Libraries and Curated Web Archives, SFMOMA, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco (2018)
- Presenter, “Palm Talks,” High Desert Test Sites, Twentynine Palms (2017)
- Cited, “Bidoun, an Influential Magazine of the Middle East, Extends Its Reach,” The New York Times (2017)
- Collaborating Artist (as part of CARGA 1804), Latin American Stuffable (Arepa); video (2017)
- Collaborating Artist (as part of CARGA 1804), Pablo's Hippps, site-specific work for "Consort," ART SHARE LA; Los Angeles, CA (2016)
- Collaborating Artist (as part of CARGA 1804), El Reporte Femenil / The Female Report; video (2016)
- Panelist, “Sandow Birk and Gary Dauphin: American Qur’an,” The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2015)
- Presenter, “1 IMAGE 1 MINUTE,” X-TRA and Project X at the LA Art Book Fair, Los Angeles (2015)
- Author, A Portrait of the Jihadist as a White Negro, Bidoun Singles (2015)
- Participant, The People’s United Nations, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2015)
- Participant (as part of CARGA 1804), "Over & Back, Surplus Space;" Portland, OR (2015)
- Collaborating Artist (as part of CARGA 1804), Africa is a Country t-shirt collaboration (2014)
- Guest Lecturer, Digital Studies Symposium, USC School of Cinematic Arts, Los Angeles, CA (2014)
- Curator, “Afrofuturist Film,” Inglewood Public Library, Inglewood, CA (2013)
- Panelist, “The International Documentary Association’s Doc U: What’s next for documentary filmmaking?” The Cinefamily, Los Angeles (2013)
- Reader, “Los Angeles Bidoun Launch,” Ooga Booga, Los Angeles (2013)
- Contributor, Charles Burnett: Interviews, Robert E. Kapniss, ed., University of Mississippi Press (2011)
- Notable Essay, Best American Essays 2010, ed. Christopher Hitchens, for “The Aloha President” in Bidoun (2010)
- Collaborating Artist (as part of CARGA 1804), Asesinados United, PØST; Los Angeles, CA (2010)
- Contributor, John Singleton: Interviews, Craigh Barboza, ed., University of Mississippi Press (2009)
- Reader, “Bidoun Presents,” The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles (2009)
- Reader, “A Night with Bidoun,” The Kitchen, New York (2008)
- Translator, Documentary (Haitian Kreyol to English), Secondhand - Pepe, Cambridge, MA (2008)
- Contributor, The Time of My Life: Writers on the Heartbreak, Hormones, and Debauchery of the Prom, Rob Spillman, ed., Crown/Archetype (2008)
- Panelist, “Showings: Internet Cultures of Self Display,” Telic Gallery, Los Angeles (2007)
- Panelist, “Yale Access to Knowledge Conference,” New Haven, CT (2007)
- Panelist, “New Media and Publishing,” Summer Literary Seminars, Nairobi, Kenya (2006)
- Panelist, “Making Films in Haiti,” Haiti on Screen Film Festival, NYU, New York (2004)
- Panelist, “Digital Diasporas,” South Street Seaport Museum, New York (2004)
- Funding Panel Member, The National Black Programming Consortium, New York (2003)
- Panelist, "The Haitian Diaspora: Contributions and Challenges,” American Museum of Natural History, New York (2003)
- Jury Member, Urbanworld Film Festival, New York, 2000
- Contributor, The Vibe History of Hip Hop, Alan Light, ed., Three Rivers Press (1999)
- Funding Panel Member, LEF Foundation New England Film Fund, Cambridge, MA (2003)
- International Jury Member, Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Oberhausen, Germany (1993)
- Talking Head, appearances dating back to 1995 on television and radio venues such as CNN’s Saturday Morning, Good Day New York, NPR West’s News & Notes, MSNBC and others