Chitra Ganesh continues her exploration of gender and power in a futurist imaginary in this solo exhibition taking as a point of departure the utopian, feminist, sci-fi novella from 1905 called Sultana's Dream by Bengali author and social reformer Begum Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain. These new works in printmaking, sculpture, and video engage art historical and literary sources to further reimagine the roles of the individual and the collective during periods of societal turbulence.
Curated by Matthew Lyons.
September 14–October 20
Opening reception: September 13, 6–8pm
Gallery hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 11–6pm
An Evening With Experimenta India
Saturday, September 15, 7pm. FREE.
The Kitchen is pleased present an evening of historical and contemporary experimental short films from India curated by filmmakers Shai Heredia and Shumona Goel. These films by Pramod Pati, Ruchir Joshi, SNS Sastry, and Goel & Heredia offer a small window onto India’s extensive and eclectic avant-garde cinematic landscape, while also connecting to themes explored in Ganesh’s exhibition, such as the organization of the self in relation to the organization of the city, and others.
Priya Sen: Yeh Freedom Life Thursday, October 4, 7pm. FREE.
The Kitchen is pleased to present the recently completed documentary film Yeh Freedom Life / This Freedom Life by Priya Sen. Filmed over the course of a year in Ambedkar Nagar, a dense, largely working class area in South Delhi, Yeh Freedom Life moves between the two very different worlds of its protagonists and tries to keep up with the currents and swings of their respective loves. Sachi works at a local beauty parlor; Parveen runs the family’s small cigarette counter at a crowded intersection. They are surrounded by a cacophonous city; they are both in love with other women. The film accompanies them through their desire to find and live, according to Sachi, their “freedom lives”–lives that are outside of the constant scrutiny and sanction of society and family.
A Small Iridescent Fire, Friday, October 19, 6:30pm. FREE.
In this talk, Alexander Keefe, who writes about art, media and aesthetics in South Asia, will offer an exploration of and tribute to the late artist Shridhar Bapat, including a number of Bapat's rarely seen videos. Almost completely forgotten today, Bapat was a key figure in New York's downtown video community in the early 1970s and one of the first people to organize video programming at The Kitchen. His friends and associates included Shirley Clarke, Nam June Paik, Steina and Woody Vasulka, and Charlotte Moorman, with whom he organized many Avant Garde Festivals of New York during the ‘70s. His own work was shown at The Kitchen, the Whitney, and the Mudd Club, but his personal life was troubled; he died in 1990.
Chitra Ganesh: Her garden, a mirror is made possible with support from a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant; annual grants from Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts, and The Cowles Charitable Trust; and in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Special thanks to Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at NYU, Contemporary Aesthetics Research Collaborative, Asia Art Archive, and Mary Nittolo / The Studio NYC.
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