Aug 7, 2014
The Kitchen is pleased to announce the release of their fall season from September 5–December 13. Executive Director and Chief Curator Tim Griffin said, “The fall season is among the most ambitious presented by The Kitchen, in terms of artists’ incredible undertakings of new directions in their work. In fact, what’s particularly remarkable as a common thread among these artists is a desire to engage and, in many cases, overturn established narratives both in art and culture more generally. We can’t wait to see what stories unfold.”
The season begins with the U.S. premiere of Berlin-Based artist Lothar Hempel’s Mäusebunker, a science-fictional film in the vein of Chris Marker, featuring figures from the Berlin art scene and presented with live dance. Genre-blurring art continues with “Metal,” a collaboration between Vietnamese conceptual artist Danh Vo and Los Angeles-based musician Jamie Stewart. The landmark exhibition, running September 27–October 18, features two Thai gold leaf pounders, working alongside Stewart and two percussionists from his band, Xiu Xiu. The Kitchen will also present the first American institutional consideration of the under-recognized Swiss-born artist and filmmaker Klaus Lutz (1940–2009). On view October 30–November 20, the exhibition will feature a selection of Lutz’s 16mm film loops, as well as some of his meticulous work on paper and artist books.
Writer Claudia La Rocco will read from her new book The Best Most Useless Dress on September 8 with special guest Ralph Lemon. On September 24–25, The Kitchen presents the U.S. premiere of French philosopher, anthropologist and sociologist Bruno Latour’s Gaïa Global Circus, a one-of-kind theatrical experiment that attempts to unpack society’s ambivalence toward mankind’s greatest threat: global warming.
Fifty years after its storied New York premiere, visionary German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen’s response to the Happening, titled Originale, gets a 21st-century staging on November 7–8. Some of the composer’s most noted works, including Kontakte, will be performed by Iktus Percussion while contemporaries such as Caden Manson, A.L. Steiner, and Justin Vivian Bond present new pieces.
Synth Nights, The Kitchen’s series of live electronic music, continues September 9 with Laurel Halo, a Berlin-based electronic musician and composer. Flutist and MacArthur Fellow Claire Chase returns to The Kitchen on October 2 with density 2036: part ii, part of her 22-year project to commission a new body of work for the solo flute. Composer and vocalist Samita Sinha comes to The Kitchen for the New York premiere of Cipher, a theatricalized music work for live voice and electronics, on October 31 and November 1. The electric guitar quartet Dither will make a raucous evening of John Zorn’s Game Pieces on December 13.
Film enthusiasts will gather on September 29 for a discussion of the writings of Greek-American filmmaker Gregory Markopoulos (1928-1992) along with an unprecedented screening of one reel of Eniaios, his magnum opus. Film combines with live music in The Measure of All Things, the newest live documentary by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Sam Green. The work features a live soundtrack by yMusic on November 21 and by Brendan Canty (Fugazi), T. Griffin and Catherine McRae on November 22.
The Kitchen continues to support bold new work by today’s leading choreographers. From September 14–20, choreographer Trajal Harrell brings together all “sizes” of his arresting work Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at the Judson Church for the first time in America. In johnbrown, running October 16–25, multidisciplinary dance artist Dean Moss creates a wry meditation on the legacy of the white 19th century abolitionist John Brown. This world premiere takes place on the 155th anniversary of the radical activist’s raid on Harper’s Ferry.
The Kitchen L.A.B. (its acronym stands for “language,” “art,” “bodies”) series continues this fall and focuses on the word narrative. Starting in October The Kitchen invites artists to unpack ambiguous vocabularies in contemporary art by responding to them both in conversation and artworks, creating hybrid events—and, over time, hybrid audiences—that underline points of commonality among disciplines and real differences.
Tickets will go on sale on August 26 and will be available online at www.thekitchen.org; by phone at 212.255.5793 x11; and in person at The Kitchen (512 West 19th Street), Tuesdays–Saturdays, 2:00–6:00 P.M.