FYA @ 6020: X-TRA's 15 Years in 15 Days

X-TRA’s 15 Years in 15 Days

ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd.
October 1-15, 2012 

X-TRA celebrates 15 years in Los Angeles with 15 days of programming at ForYourArt. Explore the history of X-TRA, hear supporters and enthusiasts in conjunction with the unveiling of their new design and new website.

X-TRA is the longest running critical art journal in Los Angeles; X-TRA has chugged on for 15 years and 57 issues. They begin the next fifteen years with a 15-day celebration and the launch of a new format, design, and website.

Please join X-TRA each and every night! Check out the schedule below. Unless otherwise specified, all events begin at 7:30 pm.

During their 15 day stay at ForYourArt, X-TRA will present an installation at ForYourArt of the complete library and ephemera of X-TRA and Project X Foundation for Art & Criticism.

Visit the X-TRA store with back catalogue and artist editions, where you can find special offers and their 15th Anniversary shopping bag.

Browse all 57 issues of X-TRA – take home your favorites.


Monday, October 1, 2012
Stephen Berens presents The Los Angeles Times and Me.

A live performance based on the 1998 video of the same name. The video script is comprised of a series of text drawings that compare word usage between the articles Stephen Berens wrote for X-TRA in 1997 and the articles written about art by the four art critics of the Los Angeles Times during the same period. Performed with Ellen Birrell, Leslie Dick, Karen Dunbar, Elizabeth Pulsinelli, and Damon Willick.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Why start an art magazine now? (1997 / 2012)
Part 1: Ellen Birrell and Stephen Berens discuss the conditions under which X-TRA came into being.
Part 2: Travis Diehl talks about his new publication, 
Prism of Reality, and Andrew Berardini and Sarah Williams discuss their new online publication, The Art Book Review. Prism of Reality is an artist-run journal that treats art as de facto and absolute, itself constitutive of reality.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Drawing Party
In honor of their Sketchbook Issue, join X-TRA for a drawing night at ForYourArt. Still-lives, paper and pens provided, please bring other materials.

Thursday, October 4, 2012
Off-site Event:
Join X-TRA at the MAK Center to support
“What Is The Common Ground For Artists And Institutions?”

MAK Center at the Schindler House (West Hollywood)
7-9 PM
For more information, see ARTISTS+INSTITUTIONS or MAK Center.

Friday, October 5, 2012
Revisiting the revisiting of feminism.

In 2003, X-TRA published “Something Like A Bridge: Roundtable discussion with Leslie Dick, Sharon Hayes, Mary Kelly, and Kerry Tribe. A Conversation on the Occasion of Gloria: Another Look at Feminist Art in the 1970s.” This 2012 roundtable will take that 2003 conversation as a starting point and invite the participants to take another look at Feminist art, now, after the last ten years of looking at a lot of feminist art. Leslie Dick, Mary Kelly, and Kerry Tribe. Organized and moderated by Shana Lutker.

Saturday, October 6, 2012
X-TRA celebrates MATERIAL.
In honor of our peer publication MATERIAL, join X-TRA in Frogtown at Blow Your Noses!, 8-11pm,  at Studio. Details here. Learn more about MATERIAL here.

Sunday, October 7, 2012
Jan Tumlir presents Black and White Paintings and Albums: A talk with images and music
Volume 7 featured four excerpts from Jan’s The Magic Circle: On The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper and the Invention of Art Rock. The current issue contains his feature, “Dark-Side Minimalism.” This talk will bridge the two.

Monday, October 8, 2012
William Leavitt presents Habitat
Habitat is a dialog environment for two groups of neighbors who engage each other in adjoining suburban backyards of a small mid-western town. It is meant as a kind of ambient theater, where casual dialog and stage action lessen the emotional force of an operatic plot.

A full production of the play will be presented in April 2013 at The Kitchen in New York City. William Leavitt’s artist project, Organism (a theatrical habitat), appeared in X-TRA Volume 8 number 1 in fall 2005.

See Leavitt’s related artist’s project from Volume 8 here.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Micol Hebron presents 1 Image 1 Minute
1 Image 1 Minute was a written column and live event in which invited participants select a significant photograph that they discuss for 1 minute. The inspiration for the “1 Image 1 Minute” column in X-TRA was a similar project produced by Belgian director Agnès Varda (and later written about by Rosalind Krauss) for French television in 1983. In this live version for X-TRA’s 15th anniversary celebration, 30 Angelenos from various facets of the art world discuss an image they find interesting, inspiring, or thought-provoking. The “1 Image 1 Minute” column in X-TRA began in 2008 and there have been live versions produced at REDCAT, the Creative Artist’s Agency, and the Pacific Design Center with the support of Art Los Angeles Contemporary. Over 200 people have participated thus far.

Participants to include (list in progress): Jerri Allyn, Sarah Beadle, Cassandra Coblentz, Michael Dahan, Corazon del Sol, David DiMichele, Chloe Flores, David Burns, Farah Karapetian, Dennis Keeley, Devin Kenny, Ellina Kevorkian, Joseph Llanes, Alan Nakagawa, Lara Jo Regan, John Spiak, Dani Ohana Tull, and Jodi Wille.
Read a “1 Image 1 Minute” column here

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The Art of Criticism, a panel discussion
Organized and moderated by Damon Willick with Sharon Mizota, Doug Harvey, and Aram Moshayedi.
Read Christopher Bedford’s piece on 
Art Without Criticism, and Damon Willick’s responseCriticism After Art.

Thursday, October 11, 2012
Hosted by Vanessa Place
Join Vanessa Place for a rigorous performance of critical and corporeal engagement of class and the right movement of art. Wear comfortable shoes.
Read one of Vanessa’s first pieces for
X-TRA, a review of Phantom Sightings at LACMA.

Friday, October 12, 2012
Leslie Dick’s “Boundary Lines” & performance by CamLab
Leslie Dick presents her text/image piece on the mother’s idealization of the body of the child.
CamLab is an artists’ collaboration between Anna Mayer and Jemima Wyman initiated in 2005 at California Institute of the Arts, Valencia. Mayer and Wyman are united by a common interest in phenomena such as scopophilia (the sexual pleasure derived from looking at objects), embodied knowledge, and the destabilization of a singular subjectivity. In 2007, CamLab’s emphasis shifted from producing sets and costume for videos to staging live performances and developing a social practice. Creating scenarios where bodies come together for intimate exchanges involving touch and language, the collective initiated a number of strategies of engagement that they continue to develop. (bio from here.)

Read Leslie Dick on Walid Raad in Volume 12

Saturday, October 13, 2012
Eugenia Butler’s Kitchen Table Talks
Topic: What does an idea look like?
Hosted by Corazon del Sol, Karen Dunbar, and Leila Hamidi
This conversation—hosted by X-TRA editor Karen Dunbar, along with Corazon del Sol, Eugenia’s daughter, and Leila Hamidi, Eugenia’s friend and archivist—is inspired by Eugenia P. Butler’s Kitchen Table talks (1993) and her Fire in the Library project (2000-04). Both artworks took the form of conversations in which the artist invited others to join in a discussion about questions that mattered to them, as human beings and within their various disciplines. Eugenia believed that “there is an order of intelligence that we access collectively” and was convinced that active dialogue, face-to-face, between people could create change in the world. It was her hope that the conversations that she initiated through the Kitchen Table and Fire in the Library would proliferate, like “a benevolent virus,” effecting such change.

The open-ended question that will be posed is: “What does an idea look like?” The question was important to Eugenia in her practice and recurs as a theme in her work. It is a question that remains pertinent today as ideas circulate, are represented and gain value or have impact in powerful ways via technology. In accordance with Eugenia’s commitment to interdisciplinary thought, we are inviting people from various fields who can bring their own experience and perspective to the conversation. The space will take the form that Eugenia developed for the Fire in the Library conversations where the participants are seated in a circle, surrounded by their audience, who were invited to be active listeners and witnesses to the conversation.

Read X-TRA’s series of excerpts of Eugenia Butler’s Kitchen Table Talks.

Sunday, October 14, 2012
Chinese Cocktail listening party with Robert Wilhite
Originally performed in 1978 at the San Francisco Art Institute as Chinese Cocktail and then at the Newport Harbor Museum of Art as Ido Ceremonial Music, Wilhite’s musical performances attempt to demonstrate the potential sounds of otherwise mute objects. The concert is played on Wilhite’s musical sculptures––a combination of original instruments from 1978 and a number of re-imagined objects produced specifically for this event, including Cone,Cube, Sphere, Silent CubeBlack BoxBlack BallSilent Harp, and SpinnersX-TRA presented a re-staging of Robert Wilhite’s Chinese Cocktail as part of the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival on January 24 2012.
Learn more about’s presentation of Chinese Cocktail here.

Monday, October 15, 2012
The finale of our 15 Days, to celebrate the new issue and the future of X-TRA.
Featuring live music hoe-down with the Harmonica Rascals and x-tra special desserts.
LA-based Harmonica Rascals play old-time Americana music. The string band was formed by artist David Bunn (guitar & vocals) in collaboration with champion fiddler Heather Bennett.  The project takes its name and inspiration from visual artist, Thomas Hart Benton’s old-time music band of the same name, formed in the 1930s in New York City. Made up of Benton, other artists and his students, including Jackson Pollack, his was the first urban revival Americana music band. Joining the Rascals for this performance will be Trevor Linsey on upright bass, Lynn Shipley Sokolow on clawhammer banjo  and Sadie Cibula on vocals…plus special guests.

X-TRA Covers, courtesy of X-TRA