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From the Archives: Carnival of Sleaze

By Christine Gwillim

Mar 19, 2015

Carnival of Sleaze is a title that grabs attention. A simple Google search brings up Guns ‘n Roses, GWAR and some touchy political accusations. The 1988 press release from The Kitchen’s Carnival of Sleaze promises much more than rock music and political satire. It claims “Carnival of Sleaze tests the outer limits of artistic subject matter while offering a response to ‘the new propriety’ in performance.” More specifically, the carnival dealt with what many considered to be “sleazy” art. Though the term has fallen out of favor, it evokes the abject imagery that many late twentieth–century artists were using to make larger political statements about American taboos. The AIDS epidemic was creeping into popular culture, and along with it a renewed paranoia around body fluids and sexual di... Read On

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From the Archives: before and after ambient

By Katie Giritlian

Jan 28, 2015

Over the course of two November nights in 1994, The Kitchen hosted before and after ambient. Curated by Ben Neill, the event was also the inaugural event for the series, Electronic Café. Electronic Café was a program in which many artists stationed at various studios and workshops in Los Angeles (including the Electronic Café’s headquarters in Santa Monica), Paris, London, Denmark, Asia, and South America collaborated via video conferencing, then a revolutionary technology. Before and after ambient filled the theater and gallery spaces (the first and second floors) of The Kitchen with simultaneous live performances by various experimental music artists, including artists performing and video conferencing from Santa Monica and London. This event, through its simultaneous shows, global i... Read On

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From the Archives: Zazou-Bikaye

By Colleen Daly

Dec 18, 2014

1986. The year the United Nations declared as the first International Year of Peace. The year that Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was first observed as a federal holiday. The year President Ronald Reagan instituted sanctions against Libya, South Africa began severe censorship of their press, Oprah premiered her first national broadcast, and Elie Wiesel accepted the Nobel Peace Prize. The year that musical group Zazou-Bikaye premiered in the US at The Kitchen with what UK music magazine Sounds described as mind-bending “textures married to an Afro-electro beat.” While a performance and a UN declaration may not appear immediately connected, a concert from a collective led by two African men (one white and one black) from two separate countries (one north and one sub-Saharan, the latter one s... Read On

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Robert Stearns: 1947–2014

By The Kitchen

Dec 10, 2014

The Kitchen is deeply saddened to share the news of the passing of its first director, Robert Stearns, who died last Wednesday at the age of 67. Once recalling his arrival on the New York arts scene in 1970, Stearns described staying in the loft of a friend who was departing from his job at a local gallery. Stearns asked the simple question, “What do you do running an art gallery?”: “Well, you answer the phone and you take care of the photographs and you talk with clients.” I said, “I could do that.” He said, “Well, OK, I’ll call [the gallerist] tomorrow morning and tell her that I’m going to leave and then you call about an hour later and say that you’re looking for a job.” So that’s how I met Paula Cooper.* Soon, Stearns was spending time with local artists Jennifer Bartlett... Read On

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Making a Move: Support The Kitchen

By Tim Griffin

Dec 2, 2014

Please make your contribution here today to make innovative programs possible at The Kitchen during the year ahead. And view artists' projects below that your support made possible in 2014! Allowing artists to take chances has been The Kitchen’s mission going back to its beginnings in 1971, giving early shows to Cindy Sherman, Robert Mapplethorpe, Joan Jonas, Christian Marclay, Laurie Anderson, and so many others. And yet this aspiration today requires that we do more than give artists a gallery or theater in which to work. In fact, to help artists, dancers, and musicians to realize their visions to the fullest, The Kitchen regularly provides residency time, allowing artists to engage new threads in their development without the pressure of presenting finished pr... Read On

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