Sep 13, 2022
THE KITCHEN ANNOUNCES FALL 2022 SEASON, KICKING OFF THE ORGANIZATION’S WITHOUT WALLS CHAPTER AS ITS CHELSEA HOME UNDERGOES MAJOR RENOVATIONS AND THE ORGANIZATION MAKES A TEMPORARY MOVE TO WESTBETH
As it Embarks on New Collaborations and Partnerships, The Kitchen Engages Artists Working Across the City, at Westbeth, at Partner Venues and in the Digital Realm, Collapsing the Boundaries Between Platforms and Disciplines
Fall 2022 Programming includes:
Live! From The Kitchen Archives , The Armory Show, September 9–11
The Next Chapter Party , The Kitchen, September 16–17
Beau Bree Rhee: Shadow of the Sea , Madison Square Park, September 21, October 12, and 20
June Canedo de Souza: Every Memory Belongs to a Myth , The Kitchen OnScreen, October 2022
Sharmi Basu: Decolonizing Sound , Westbeth, October 27
Will Lee: All it does is turn , The Kitchen OnScreen, November 2022
Tyler Morse and Nia Nottage: NYC Performance Archive 1980–2005 , Throughout Fall 2022
Samora Pinderhughes: GRIEF , Westbeth, November 2022–January 2023
The Kitchen x Simons Foundation x School for Poetic Computation , throughout Fall 2022
The Kitchen x Montez Press Radio , throughout Fall 2022
The Kitchen x Dia Art Foundation , throughout Fall 2022
The Kitchen announces Fall 2022 season programming launching the influential, experimental interdisciplinary organization beyond the walls of its Chelsea building as it undergoes renovations and moves temporarily to another location with a rich avant-garde history: Westbeth. Throughout the fall and into next year, The Kitchen partners with numerous other peer organizations and collectives; engages artists in residencies with a durational programming model; and presents exhibitions and performances at Westbeth, at partner venues in New York, and in the digital realm. Treating place as a flexible medium that transcends the containment of given platforms, The Kitchen expands its history of deconstructing and challenging formal categories to expand possibilities for artistic futures. In tandem with this multi-layered season of programming, The Kitchen also announces the launch of an engaging digital guide for both in-person and online visitors on Bloomberg Connects—a free mobile app created by Bloomberg Philanthropies built to centralize access to programs from cultural institutions around the world.
In Westbeth's West Side Loft—a space whose vast potential recalls The Kitchen’s own original locations at the Mercer Arts Center and, later, the loft it occupied on the corner Wooster and Broome Streets—acclaimed pianist-vocalist-composer Samora Pinderhughes continues to explore and expand the world of his newest interdisciplinary album GRIEF. The New York Times has described the recording as a “visionary” work from “one of the most affecting singer-songwriters today, in any genre” that “turn(s) the experience of living in community inside-out, revealing all its personal detail and tension, and giving voice to registers of pain that are commonly shared but not often articulated.” Through the portal of the album and its accompanying visuals, Pinderhughes wrestles with the meeting points of abolition, healing, and the grieving process. He unfurls the many intimate damages that our society’s systems of prison, detention, and structural violence do to people, and pays tribute to the beautiful, vulnerable, complex, and deep ways that people figure out how to heal themselves and others. In a debut presentation with The Kitchen, Pinderhughes and collaborators perform selections from the album in new renditions made especially for the Westbeth space, alongside a rotating presentation of moving image works to be screened at intervals between live performances (November 2022—January 2023).
Throughout the season, The Kitchen and artists tap into the organization’s extensive and dynamic archives to continue to expand and make intersections across the over-50 years of The Kitchen’s creative history, community, and program. The Armory Show this year inaugurated a new program, Armory Spotlight—providing a complimentary booth to a premier New York cultural institution—with a booth for The Kitchen, which presented rarely seen selections from its archive (September 9-11). The Kitchen’s 2021 Research Residents in Fall 2022 present projects based on their engagements with the archive: multimedia performance artist, curator, composer, and arts organizer Sharmi Basu presents Decolonizing Sound , an evening performance with an accompanying intervention into the archive foregrounding experimental musicians of color (October 27); in The Kitchen’s Video Viewing Room, artist Will Lee presents All it does is turn , a new videogame for which he drew inspiration from multiple historical artists’ projects at The Kitchen (November 2022); and Tyler Morse and Nia Nottage of Steph Christ Collective begin to conduct oral histories in Fall 2022, for a new open-source platform the NYC Performance Archive 1980–2005, which will be launched publicly in Spring 2023.
Exploring the potentiality of work made beyond institutional walls—activating virtual and public space—programming in Fall 2022 refracts The Kitchen into new corners of New York and the web. In a collaboration with the Simons Foundation—whose Outreach, Education and Engagement division seeks to foster connections to science—The Kitchen begins a momentous extension of The Kitchen L.A.B as a year-long residency. Running from September 2022 to September 2023, the program will host the School for Poetic Computation in residence for a year to engage with The Kitchen’s archive as a resource for studying connections between computation, critical theory, new media art, and poetry. Another year-long residency, with experimental broadcasting and performance platform Montez Press Radio, explores questions of narrative in relation to place through a series of offsite productions, as both Montez Press Radio and The Kitchen are transmitted beyond the respective walls within which they’re based (September 2022–2023). In collaboration with Madison Square Park Conservancy, The Kitchen presents visual artist and choreographer Beau Bree Rhee’s Shadow of the Sea , a “dance poem” conceived in dialogue with Cristina Iglesias’s exhibition Landscape and Memory at Madison Square Park that includes eight stanzas of vastly differing qualities (September 21, October 12, October 20).
Executive Director and Chief Curator Legacy Russell said, “The growth of this moment now at The Kitchen offers us an opportunity to reflect and reimagine: How can we bring new voices into the institution who extend and challenge the application of our mission? Who are the makers of what we want The Kitchen to look like in this next fifty years? As our vision and institutional presence enter into dialogue with the Dia, Madison Square Park Conservancy, the Simons Foundation, and the School for Poetic Computation—as well sites of profound artistic significance like Westbeth and The Armory Show—we are thrilled to explore all that a Kitchen without walls can be, and how it might eventually inform our future back in our transformed home.”
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Image: Film still from Beau Bree Rhee, Les Parages East West (2021), made in collaboration with Jeremy Dennis. Courtesy of the artist.
Image description: Performance photograph of Beau Bree Rhee wearing a blue leotard and standing on top of a white piece of fabric with blue and brown markings on it, resting on the sand of a beach. They are bending over at the waist, with their arms outstretched in a T-shape. Their shadow extends in a diagonal to the right away from them, across the fabric and onto the sand above.