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Three Haikus

By Jamie Stewart

Oct 14, 2014

As part of our continuing effort to highlight artists' perspectives on The Kitchen program, we regularly invite artists, choreographers, musicians, and others to pen columns for our online blog. This week, musician and composer Jamie Stewart—whose "Metal" is currently on view through Saturday, October 18—inaugurates our occasional series of haikus by artists presenting work under the organization's banner. here are some gloomy haikus paint "LIFE" on the wall become homeless and then piss where you would have slept -- the mask of the dead not indistinguishable from Aladdin's lamp -- weep up in the sky for you almost don't exist moon like a bullet —Jamie Stewart     photo by Paula Court Read On

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Trajal Harrell on Twenty Looks

By Tim Griffin

Sep 24, 2014

As the presentation of Trajal Harrell’s Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at the Judson Church (curated by Matthew Lyons) came to a close last week, director and chief curator Tim Griffin spoke with the artist. Tim Griffin: What was the genesis of the series? Or better, what prompted your question, “What would have happened in 1963 if someone from the voguing ballroom scene had come downtown to perform alongside the early postmoderns?” Trajal Harrell: Around 2007 or 2008, my work started to be shown internationally, and I realized that no one abroad understood where the work was coming from. Although Judson had become well known in European contemporary dance, they weren’t familiar with the voguing tradition. And they certainly hadn’t seen how my own research on these things ha... Read On

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A Conversation with Claudia La Rocco

By Katy Dammers

Sep 6, 2014

On September 8 Claudia La Rocco will read from her new book The Best Most Useless Dress, a collection of essays, poetry and criticism published by Badlands Unlimited. La Rocco spoke with Curatorial Fellow Katy Dammers about the creation of this collection and her thoughts on writing. Katy Dammers: How did this book project get started? Claudia La Rocco: Several years ago, Paul Chan emailed me and said he had been a fan of my writing and he wondered if I was willing to have a conversation with him for the Brooklyn Rail. This was during the time of the ebook release of Waiting for Godot in New Orleans: A Field Guide. I went to his studio and we ended up talking for four hours. We talked for so long I totally forgot I was on deadline for a New York Times piece, which I never do (I had... Read On

Dance Day

From the Archives: Dance Day

By Sariel Frankfurter

Aug 12, 2014

A copy of the SoHo Weekly News from 1980 shows a grainy image from Dance Day at The Kitchen: in the shadowy space of The Kitchen’s old home at 484 Broome Street, two women dance in close proximity, facing away from each other. One runs behind with clasped hands raised overhead and the other winds down to her left as if she might reach the ground in the next scene, perhaps snaking out to grab her partner. The caption reads, “Molissa Fenley and Elizabeth Streb: Boca Raton.” For those familiar with Elizabeth Streb’s Extreme Action Company of fearless and indefatigable flying dancers, or Molissa Fenley’s sinister, impassioned State of Darkness (1988), this image is like a childhood photo—a reminder of how far someone has come—epitomizing the significance of The Kitchen’s role in the early c... Read On

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Half Straddle: "Ancient Lives" residency

By Lumi Tan

Aug 11, 2014

In their newest live performance project, the Half Straddle ensemble led by artistic director Tina Satter will be in residence over an 8-month period at the Kitchen to create and rehearse the varying layers of their new piece which include video mise en scene, video interactions, a live choral score, and live performative elements. Operating essentially as a Half Straddle Experimental Pop-Up T.V. / Movie Studio, these work days will be open to the public to watch the elements going into the rehearsal, music rehearsal, and/or video shoots being held on those days – and offer a meta-view of the company’s process; the layering in of specific aesthetic interests including the look-and-feel of the overall design, make-up, and costumes; and new experimentation with video, leading up to the ... Read On

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