Explore and Discover w/ artist Baseera Khan


The Exhibit, on MTV and the Smithsonian Channel, introduced America to the wonderful, brilliant Baseera Khan, and she joins Studio Noize to talk all about it. Baseera has been making her performances, sculptures, and installations for years, and her work explores materials and their intersections with identity. She talks about being on the show, her approach to exploring materials, and her life's many facets. We discuss her solo exhibition, I Am an Archive, at the Brooklyn Museum and the ways that experience changed her view of her work and herself. We learn more about her psychedelic prayer rugs, her upcoming project for Highline Park in New York, and some of the work from The Exhibit. Listen, subscribe, and share!

Episode 167 topics include:

making art on The Exhibit

meeting all the artists

using identity in art

psychedelic prayer rugs

I Am an Archive exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum

being an artist during the pandemic

dealing with rejection as an artist

the excitement of exploring materials

how your practice can change after a big project

Baseera Khan is a New York-based performance, sculpture, and installation artist who makes work to discuss materials and their economies, the effects of this relationship to labor, family structures, religion, and spiritual well being. Khan is currently working on a public art commission on The High Line for fall 2023. Khan mounted their first museum solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York (2021-22), and opened their first solo touring exhibition in Houston, Texas at Moody Arts Center for the Arts, Rice University (2022-2023). Khan has representation at Simone Subal Gallery, New York where they mounted their first solo exhibition called Snake Skin (2019). They have exhibited in numerous locations such as Wexner Center for the Arts (2021), New Orleans Museum of Art (2020), Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism, Munich, Germany, Jenkins Johnson Projects, Brooklyn, NY (2019), Sculpture Center, NY (2018), , Aspen Museum (2017), Participant Inc. (2017). Khan's performance work has premiered at several locations including Brooklyn Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Art POP Montreal International Music Festival. Khan completed a 6 week performance residency at The Kitchen NYC (2020) and was an artist in residence at Pioneer Works (2018-19), Abrons Art Center (2016-17), was an International Travel Fellow to Jerusalem/Ramallah through Apexart (2015), and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2014). Khan is a recipient of the UOZO Art Prize (2020), BRIC Colene Brown Art Prize and the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant (2019), was granted by both NYSCA/NYFA and Art Matters (2018). Their works are part of several public permanent collections including the Solomon R. Guggenheim, Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Walker Art Center, MN, and the New Orleans Museum of Art, LA. Khan's work is published in 4Columns, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Artforum, Art in America, BOMB, Brooklyn Rail, and TDR Drama Review. Khan is an adjunct professor of sculpture, performance, and critical theory, and received an M.F.A. from Cornell University (2012) and a B.F.A. from the University of North Texas (2005)

See more: www.baseerakhan.com + Baseera Khan IG @baseerakhan

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