Aug 15, 2017
During the past year, The Kitchen has regularly been gathering artists to reflect on the organization's role at an urgent moment in both art and culture. And among their most energizing comments is that artists—and especially emerging ones—are able to see themselves within the organization's history. The place creates a sense of belonging to a common legacy of innovation across generations that is felt all too rarely in these times.
This autumn we're proud to present work by numerous artists presenting at The Kitchen for the very first time, as well as others who were here in our earliest years.
Opening in the gallery on September 13 is Meriem Bennani , whose immersive video installation will consider intergenerational conflicts in Morocco around chickha performances, which provide entertainment for important celebrations and spread lyrics of resistance during the era of French colonization. Following her in November will be Nikolas Gambaroff , who takes author Karl Kraus's WWI-era play, The Last Days of Mankind, as his inspiration for an exhibition comparing that time's loss of meaningful language with the perils of our own moment's "fake news" and social media.
Among artists returning to The Kitchen at long last are choreographer Stanley Love , whose large-scale dance, as the title says, Brings Swings, Sings Chimes Rings Wings, Flings Zingahlings-Spirit Party Things. And, in November, The Raincoats— the first group of punk women actively to call themselves feminists—return to our stage on the occasion of a new book recalling the recording of their first album. Soon thereafter, Jonathan Richman appears with Tommy Larkins , visiting our stage for the first time since redefining the downtown music scene with a concert here during the 1970s.
Among other amazing music this autumn, Greg Fox celebrates the release of his new album, The Gradual Progression. In an evening organized by Blank Forms, members from Yarn/Wire perform a composition by Maryanne Amacher not heard since 1966, before the ensemble presents a new composition by the German composer Enno Poppe , who is rarely heard on these shores.
And as part of our continuing Synth Nights series of electronic music, Laurel Halo returns with Eli Keszler, while Catherine Lamb visits for the first time with Prisma Interius: III, a composition made with the Secondary Rainbow Synthesizer, developed in collaboration with Bryan Eubanks. Later, Sahra Motalebi performs material from her new opera about her relationship with a sister living in Iran, with whom she has never corresponded except through online exchanges.
Also appearing will be Adam Pendleton 's Black Dada Reader, Soft Skull Press , Kembra Pfahler with Dirty Looks, Metropolis Video , and Ugly Duckling Presse , while we kick off a new series of conversations as part of our Kitchen L.A.B. taking up Édouard Glissant's Poetry of Relation.
Stay tuned for Winter / Spring 2018 season announcements including Julius Eastman, Moor Mother, Charles Atlas, and The Racial Imaginary Institute, and much more.
In the meantime, best wishes for a restful summer, and we'll look forward to seeing you soon at The Kitchen!
Executive Director & Chief Curator
This is a great time to join as a member to enjoy reduced price tickets for all of these upcoming performances. As always, exhibitions, literature programs, and The Kitchen L.A.B. are free of charge. To learn more about the benefits of becoming a member, visit thekitchen.org/contribute.
Image: Meriem Bennani, Siham drinking Fanta Citron, 2017.