• Project X Forum 1: The First Show, 1992

    Next Event: March 11, 2015 7pm 18th St Arts Center, Curator's Lounge, 1629 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404

    March 11, 7 PM

    THE FIRST SHOW, 1992
    A Roundtable Conversation

    About Project X’s first exhibition, “The First Show,” and the formation of Project X and X-TRA in response to the art climate of Los Angeles in the early 90s.

    With Stephen Berens, Kellie Lanham, Shana Lutker, Jan Tumlir, and Anuradha Vikram.
    Witnesses: Eric Kim, Hailey Loman of LACA / Kris Paulsen, Ry Wharton of COR&P

    Join us in the first of a series of public forums investigating the exhibitions Project X produced in the 90s, with a focus on the conditions facing Los Angeles artists at that time, and the way they shaped artist-run organizations, alternative exhibitions and publications. What can the nineties tell us about now?

    • Listen to the audio recording of this forum here.

    Project X originated as a roving organization. A team of artists curating exhibitions in the wake of the art market boom of the nineties, they strove to fill the absence of conceptual art criticism in Los Angeles. Project X’s curatorial projects illustrate the crucial role of the artist’s voice in shaping and sustaining the Los Angeles art community.

    For more information check out: “From X to XV: Conversation with X-TRA
    Founders Ellen Birrell and Stephen Berens” in X-TRA 15.4

    Beginning: THE FIRST SHOW, 1992

    Wednesday, March 11, 2015
    18th Street Arts Center
    Curator’s Lounge
    1629 18th Street
    Santa Monica, CA 90404

    18th Street Arts Center is pleased to announce Project X as its third Curator in Residence. This is a year-long residency designed to support curatorial research and promote the development of critical discourse in the field of contemporary art. Los Angeles-based collective Project X began in the early nineties. Spearheaded by Stephen Berens and Ellen Birrell, with a rotating group of other artists and writers, Project X curated a series of exhibitions from 1991 to 1998, and the group founded X-TRA contemporary art quarterly in 1997.

    As Curator(s) in Residence at 18th Street Arts Center, Project X, under direction of Shana Lutker with Kellie Lanham, will delve into the research of the Project X artist-organized exhibitions in the nineties, with an active public conversation about the particular characteristics of “LA artists” in the nineties and now. At 18th Street, the public face of this research will be monthly events in the Curator’s Lounge, the space dedicated to the Curator in Residence. These forums will engage their research with invited guests and encourage public participation.

    Project X will host forums EVERY 2ND WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH
    through 2015.

    The Curator in Residence program at 18th Street Arts Center is generously supported by the the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Thank you to LACA for hosting the Project X Forums Archive.


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