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An Institution of Domination is Anti-Love

By Legacy Russell

Dec 21, 2021

Dear friends, Writer, feminist, activist, and author bell hooks in her essay “Love as the Practice of Freedom” (2006) reminds us, “A culture of domination is anti-love.” I write to you today from The Kitchen in consideration of this “culture of domination”, and the ways it keeps manifesting itself. The work, then, together, is to consider the ways in which domination and institution intersect in art and life, compounding one another. It’s a complex dilemma: building structures of refusal that constantly require deconstruction and decolonizing in order to remain equitable. Our volatile and dynamic work, then—as an experimental arts institution built for and by artists, generously shaped by their collective creative imagination—is to think through how to build without domination, how t... Read On

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The Kitchen is Hiring!

By The Kitchen

Dec 7, 2021

Join Our Team The Kitchen is currently seeking two new full-time staff members to join our team! Please see the excerpts below for some preliminary information regarding these available positions, and click each link to read the full listing and job description on Curatorial Assistant Reporting directly to the Executive Director & Chief Curator alongside members of the Curatorial team at The Kitchen, this position will provide critical support to the Curatorial Department and liaise across departments in support of expanding and amplifying The Kitchen’s program in this pivotal moment of the institution’s growth and change. As The Kitchen prepares for a significant renovation of its 19th Street building on the occasion of its 50th anniversary, the Curatorial Assist... Read On

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Announcing Our Winter/Spring 2022 Season

By The Kitchen

Dec 1, 2021

Announcing The Kitchen's Winter/Spring 2022 Season Sadie Barnette: The New Eagle Creek Saloon , January 18–March 6madison moore: Nightlife-in-Residence , January 18–March 6In Support, featuring work by Fia Backström, Francisca Benítez, Papo Colo, and Clynton Lowry, through March 12  stefa marin alarcon: Born With An Extra Rib: The Film, March 17 E. Jane: Where there’s love overflowing , April 1–May 16 Winter/Spring Video Viewing Rooms on The Kitchen OnScreen, featuring work by Abbey Williams and more The Kitchen today announces its Winter/Spring 2022 season, initiating new collaborations and activating the boundless potential of The Kitchen’s spaces in advance of its building’s upcoming renovation beginning Spring, 2022. Works this season, the ... Read On

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A First in Leadership Is Never Truly First

By Legacy Russell, Executive Director & Chief Curator

Sep 7, 2021

Dear Friends, In September 1980—41 years ago, and less than a decade beyond The Kitchen’s initial founding—Linda Goode Bryant, founder of avant-garde art space Just Above Midtown Gallery, launched an exhibition titled Dialogues, which brought into conversation artists from diverse backgrounds and disciplines, alongside fifteen New York City spaces deemed part of the “alternative art scene.” The Kitchen was one of the participating organizations.* As an intersectional collaboration, Bryant’s orchestrating of this show was a timely critique of the state of the arts and, too, enacted a call to action across the field to peer into the future, considering radical and expansive ways in which “alternative,” “experimental,” and “avant-garde” could be reassessed, reimagined, and rearticulated. ... Read On

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Announcing Our Fall 2021 Season

By The Kitchen

Aug 18, 2021

Announcing The Kitchen’s Fall 2021 Season The Kitchen Gala Benefit, September 14Moor Mother, September 19Sophia Cleary: One & Only , September 20–October 2Fall Video Viewing Rooms on The Kitchen OnScreen, featuring work by Jen Liu (September), Ilana Harris-Babou (October), and moreUndoing Language: Early Performance Works by Brian O’Doherty , October 8Alex Tatarsky: UNTITLED FREAKOUT (TELL ME WHAT TO DO) , October 20–November 22In Support, featuring work by Fia Backström, Francisca Benítez, Papo Colo, and Clynton Lowry , Opening November 2021Claire Chase: Density 2036, part viii , December 9–11 The Kitchen is thrilled to announce a series of fall programs that will connect artists and audiences in-person for programs at 512 West 19th Street and online for presentati... Read On

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