Critic, curator, and editor Nora N. Khan has been tapped to guide the Undertaking X Basis for Artwork & Criticism, writer of X-TRA Modern Artwork Journal, LA’s longest-running arts criticism journal. Khan, who makes a speciality of supporting and shaping long-form criticism, has traditionally targeted on experimental practices and is especially excited by digital visible tradition, the politics of software program, and the philosophy of rising know-how. She replaces outgoing govt director Shana Lutker, who departed in 2021 after seventeen years with the group.
“We sit up for working with Nora at this momentous juncture within the historical past of X-TRA, as we method our twenty-fifth anniversary,” stated Jeff Beall, founding chair of Undertaking X Basis. “Along with her deep expertise in artwork criticism, publishing, and curatorial undertaking administration, Khan is completely poised to information the group into the subsequent chapters of our historical past. We’re assured that Nora will assist us assume boldly about how X-TRA can place itself as a mannequin for criticism, artists’ writing, and mentorship of younger critics.”
Khan from 2018 to 2021 was a professor at Rhode Island Faculty of Design, the place she was nominated for the John R. Frazier Award for Excellence in Instructing in recognition of her authentic programs on technological criticism, artists’ writing, and important concept. With Andrea Bellini, she is cocurating the 2023 Biennale de L’Picture en Mouvement, hosted by Centre d’Artwork Contemporain Genève. She curated the 2020 exhibition “Guide Override” at The Shed, in New York, which included important new commissions by Sondra Perry and Morehshin Allahyari and works by Simon Fujiwara and Martine Syms. Khan has contributed to publications together with Artforum and Artwork in America and has held numerous editorial roles at Topical Cream, HOLO, and Rhizome.
“X-TRA has a singular historical past that has made it synonymous with severe criticism in Los Angeles and on the West Coast,” she stated in a press release. “Established by artists for artists, it has grown to be a cultural establishment with an distinctive give attention to artists figuring out the phrases of criticism as a lot as established critics. The editors and employees are fiercely dedicated to publishing the best stage of writing in a subject of quickly dwindling areas for important considering in print. The final years have introduced us right into a tumultuous publishing subject. This solely affirms how very important it’s to take care of the well being and attain of journals like X-TRA, which have tirelessly labored to make criticism an energetic, lived, collective exercise. I’m significantly trying ahead to collaborating with X-TRA’s good editorial board, our dedicated employees, and the Undertaking X Basis board to create a sustainable future for the very important work of writers and artists.”