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The Art You Make Possible

By Tim Griffin

Dec 20, 2017

At the end of each year, it's humbling to step back and recognize what amazing works artists have created at The Kitchen. In our gallery, think of a generation-defining video installation by Meriem Bennani or all-night loft party by Martin Beck; radical new choreography and staging by Jen Rosenblit and Geo Wyeth; open theater and feminist ethos of Kristina Satter and Half Straddle; incisive survey of social life after the Internet by Cory Arcangel and Olia Lialina; and the humming and stretched sculptures of Aki Sasamoto. Onstage, remember the sparklers and exploding glass vases of John Armleder and Christian Marclay; or Raúl de Nieves and Colin Self's magical opera as allegorical journey; and then Adam Pendleton celebrating Black Dada with the SugarTone Brass Band; or Sarah Michels... Read On

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Composition in Real Time: An Interview

By Laura Brown, Selby Nimrod, Thomas Patier

Dec 14, 2017

In a one-night performance at The Kitchen, Volumes for Sound: Voice, experimental vocalists and performers Tatyana Tenenbaum and Odeya Nini will collaborate in improvisational interaction with Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S. Davidson’s acoustic sculptures Volumes for Sound. We speak with the artists ahead of the performance about these collaborations, taking the opportunity to “work in parallel” as a means of “collective knowledge building.” Volumes for Sound: Voice will take place on Saturday December 16, from 7pm and is organized by second-year graduate students at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. Tatyana Tenenbaum & Odeya Nini How did you come to movement and voice as your primary media? Tatyana Tenenbaum [TT]: I entered my awareness as a dancer while st... Read On

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Interview: Catching Up With The Raincoats

By Victoria Capraro

Nov 17, 2017

When you ask me if I’m a feminist  I say to hell with loneliness To hell with powerlessness Yeah there are people in positions of power But so many more left in drudgery Photo Credit: Crosby Harrison. Artists from left to right: Ana da Silva, Anne Wood, Gina Birch. This November, Ana da Silva and Gina Birch of The Raincoats returned to The Kitchen after creating their first and only live record here in December 1982. Since then, they’ve toured across the world, broken up, gotten back together, been invited to play with Nirvana, switched out band members and worked on solo projects. Though their music inspired a generation of artists at the forefront of punk, they received little recognition during their time in the United States in the 1980s. Broke and st... Read On

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From the Archives: Marcel Duchamp

By Cole Gruber

Sep 8, 2017

To what extent does Marcel Duchamp figure into a narrative of The Kitchen’s history? That was the first question that came to mind when I was told I could contribute a post to The Kitchen’s blog, home to announcements and short essays from its curators and ruminations like these from its interns. While discussions of Duchamp may be old hat for many, he is nevertheless the proverbial Rome of my thinking about art and its history—all roads lead to him. In a sense, The Kitchen owes almost everything to Duchamp, but only in the rather banal way that most art spaces dedicated to presenting work from the last fifty years or so do too. A quick look at The Kitchen’s past programming and one sees an esteemed history of experimentation in what art historian and theorist Thierry de Duve calls “ar... Read On

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Announcing The Kitchen Fall Season

By Tim Griffin

Aug 15, 2017

Dear Friends, 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, ... Read On

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