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Made Real Everyday

By Tim Griffin

Dec 17, 2018

Among the most fulfilling aspects of working at The Kitchen is a sense of offering artists not only a platform for their work and ideas, but also, maybe more important, a home.

In other words, there is a sense of belonging here, and of being part of a continuing history, made palpable every day. As one artist recently told me after their production ended, “It was like being part of a temporary family.”

That fundamental authenticity has been a hallmark of The Kitchen since the 1970s, and propels artists to create productions that continually take new risks. And audiences see work here that they would not experience anywhere else.

Just during the past year, such highlights have included Charles Atlas’s video installation The Past Is Here, The Futures are Coming and incredible theater production, The Kitchen Follies, which featured live-edited video performances by artists from DANCENOISE to The Illustrious Blacks. Last summer, Claudia Rankine and The Racial Imaginary Institute collaborated with The Kitchen to present an exhibition, symposium, and performances, On Whiteness, subverting whiteness’ ostensibly neutral ground in culture. Mexico City-based Abraham Cruzvillegas collaborated with choreographer Bárbara Foulkes to create an astounding performance, using a suspended sculptural assemblage from materials found in our rapidly developing Chelsea neighborhood.

The Kitchen also returned to its history, teaming with artist Tiona Nekkia McClodden and Philadelphia’s Bowerbird to present Julius Eastman: That Which is Fundamental , an unprecedented series of performances and exhibitions celebrating the composer’s legacy. And there were so many others more recently, from composer Tyshawn Sorey’s genre-defying survey to Trajal Harrell’s dance installation and Nora Chipaumire’s performances inspired by Patti Smith, Grace Jones, and Rit Nzele.

But to sustain this spirit in these times, we need your support. Please make your contribution today in any amount—from $5 to $500, or more—so we can help artists create groundbreaking, genre-defying work during the season ahead.

Everyone donating $100 or more by December 31 will be entered into a drawing for a seat at our Spring Gala, which will take over all floors of The Kitchen in 2019.

Also, every individual contributing $500 or more by December 31 will be entered into a drawing for a signed, limited-edition print by Charles Gaines ($4,000 retail value) created on the occasion of Tyshawn Sorey’s concerts at The Kitchen this year.

Thank you for all that you do for The Kitchen, and we look forward to seeing you in the new season as part of our continuing family. Happy Holidays!

 

Please enjoy these highlights from our 2018 Season:


 

 

Image: The People (installation view), 2018, Jibade-Khalil Huffman—from Tempo, October 31–December 15. Image © Jason Mandella, courtesy of The Kitchen.

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