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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 14
Moor Mother, September 19
Sophia Cleary: One & Only , September 20–October 2
Fall Video Viewing Rooms on The Kitchen OnScreen, featuring work by Jen Liu (September), Ilana Harris-Babou (October), and more
Undoing Language: Early Performance Works by Brian O’Doherty , October 8
Alex Tatarsky: UNTITLED FREAKOUT (TELL ME WHAT TO DO) , October 20–November 22
In Support, featuring work by Fia Backström, Francisca Benítez, Papo Colo, and Clynton Lowry , Opening November 2021
Claire 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 presentations on our digital platform The Kitchen OnScreen. 

Continuing our milestone 50th anniversary year and coinciding with a period of transformational potential, the upcoming season features residency-performances that enmesh and complicate the public and private aspects of art-making and presentation; the revisiting and expansion of pivotal works of performance and music; an exhibition tracing interlocking systems of support between artists, audiences, and staff members within art institutions like The Kitchen; and new online Video Viewing Room presentations showcasing recent and archival video alongside contextualizing media and writing. With this range of programs, we invite you to join us in the process of looking inward and back as The Kitchen’s history becomes a springboard, carrying the institution outward and forward into its next chapter. 

We will begin the fall with our Annual Benefit Gala on September 14—a celebration that will bridge our legacy and futurity by honoring artists Cindy Sherman and Debbie Harry and welcoming the next avant-garde with performances by Bri Blvck, L’Rain, and more. The gala will also provide an opportunity to introduce incoming Executive Director & Chief Curator Legacy Russell and to recognize Tim Griffin, who is stepping down from the role after a decade of groundbreaking work with the organization. 

Two residencies this season feature artists whose work decimates the often self-serious, self-imposed formal boundaries of art-world performance spaces. From September 20–October 2, genre-evading comedian, artist, and writer Sophia Cleary will reframe recent standup material within One & Only, a new work that outlines—and bends—the shape of the relationship between audience and performer by bringing it into a one-on-one experience. Later in the fall, from October 20–November 22, Alex Tatarsky will create a laboratory for performance research, titled UNTITLED FREAKOUT (TELL ME WHAT TO DO), with studio visits/tours open to audiences on a weekly basis. 

Several events this season feature artists who have nurtured longstanding relationships or associations with The Kitchen. On September 19, multifaceted musician, poet, and visual artist Moor Mother returns to The Kitchen with a new electronic set to celebrate the release of her album Black Encyclopedia of the Air, in an evening shared with trumpet, drums, and synth duo Anteloper (Jaimie Branch and Jason Nazary). On October 8, Undoing Language: Early Performance Works by Brian O’Doherty celebrates the 93-year-old artist and critic Brian O’Doherty, whose practice has stretched vastly across disciplines, revisiting two of his early works (performed by Ekmeles and others), alongside a new commission by vocalist and composer Holland Andrews. Claire Chase’s 26-year commissioning project Density 2036—engaging composers to create new flute works yearly, building up to 24-hours of performance in 2036—continues on December 9–11 with performances of the latest iteration, Density 2036, part viii, featuring new pieces from Ann Cleare, Matana Roberts, Lu Wang, and Bora Yoon

With the exhibition In Support, The Kitchen invites artists Fia Backström, Francisca Benítez, Papo Colo, and Clynton Lowry to reflect on what the term support means in practice within institutional contexts. Opening in November, the exhibition will feature commissioned works displayed in the interstitial spaces of the building where complex systems of support unfold among artists, audiences, and staff members. 

On The Kitchen OnScreen, our virtual programming continues with new Video Viewing Room presentations. This monthly series showcases recent and archival video alongside contextualizing media and writing. The first months of the season will feature a new video short by Jen Liu in September that responds to archival materials surrounding Fred Ho’s opera Warrior Sisters: The New Adventures of African and Asian Womyn Warriors, which was staged at The Kitchen in 2000; and recent video work, text, images, and research references from Ilana Harris-Babou in October. 

More information on public visiting hours and tickets for events will become available closer to show dates. To learn about our COVID-19 safety guidelines for in-person events, please click here

We look forward to connecting with you soon, whether in-person or online, as we continue to champion artistic innovation across disciplines!



Image: Brian O'Doherty, Structural Play: Vowel Grid, 1970. Performance, Grianan Aileach, Donegal, Ireland, 1998. Courtesy of the artist and Brenda Moore-McCann.

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