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From the Archives: koosil-ja

By Diana Ryu

May 25, 2020

“From the Archives” is a series that spotlights The Kitchen’s history. As a complement to our Archive Website, these posts offer focused reflections on the artists, exhibitions, events, and institutional practices that have defined and shaped The Kitchen since its founding in 1971. This From the Archives post is written by Diana Ryu, Winter/Spring 2020 Curatorial Intern. A WAVE OF EXCITEMENT sweeps over me when I rummage through The Kitchen’s archive. It holds a trove of events, experiments, gatherings, and ideas that do not merely dwell in the past, but also offer diverse perspectives that remain applicable today. Take for example Memoryscan , a dance performance choreographed by koosil-ja that was presented at The Kitchen in 1999. In this work, koosil-ja challenges the red... Read On

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Oral History: JoAnn Fregalette Jansen

By Alison Burstein and Matthew Lyons

May 18, 2020

As The Kitchen approaches its 50th anniversary in 2021, we have been working to expand the collective understanding of our institution’s history by organizing a series of public conversations among artists who have presented work at the institution across the decades. Alongside these public programs, we have been conducting a series of oral histories with artists and other practitioners who have both shown at The Kitchen and served on staff in various capacities. One area that has been central to our research thus far is the history of The Kitchen’s dance program in the 1980s and 1990s: the now-postponed Choreographers Convening (which had been scheduled to take place on March 21, 2020) will bring together a range of artists to discuss their experiences presenting and programming wo... Read On

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From the Archives: Lynn Hershman Leeson

By Mack Somers

May 11, 2020

“From the Archives” is a series that spotlights The Kitchen’s history. As a complement to our Archive Website, these posts offer focused reflections on the artists, exhibitions, events, and institutional practices that have defined and shaped The Kitchen since its founding in 1971. This From the Archives post is written by Mack Somers, Winter/Spring 2020 Curatorial Intern. KNOWN FOR HER PIONEERING WORK in media art, performance, and film, Lynn Hershman Leeson has been exploring the relationship between humans and technology since the late 1960s. She has collaborated with The Kitchen on three occasions: as part of the New Works, First Runs screenings in 1990, as the host of TV Dinner No. 3 in 1999, and as a contributor to the 2019 Editions Portfolio. During the last decade, Her... Read On

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From the Archives: Arthur Russell at The Kitchen

By Elana Engelman-Lado

May 4, 2020

“From the Archives” is a series that spotlights The Kitchen’s history. As a complement to our Archive Website, these posts offer focused reflections on the artists, exhibitions, events, and institutional practices that have defined and shaped The Kitchen since its founding in 1971. This From the Archives post is written by Elana Engelman-Lado, Fall 2019 Curatorial Intern. IN NOVEMBER 2019, Audika Records released Iowa Dream, a compilation of demos Arthur Russell recorded for major labels. This album is the most recent addition to a collection of at least nine posthumous releases of Russell’s work, indicating a seemingly ever-growing interest in the artist and his music. Best known as a cellist, singer-songwriter, composer, and electronic musician, Russell wove together danc... Read On

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A Dialogue with Ka Baird and Max Eilbacher

By Keenan Saiz

Apr 27, 2020

Ka Baird and Max Eilbacher⎯two innovative and celebrated musicians, producers, and performers⎯are teaming up in an exciting collaboration for The Kitchen titled Vivification Exercises. Each of their extensive bodies of work balance playful experimentation with a sense of deep introspection that invites listeners into a world both engaging and disorienting. With years of experience in multiple bands and collaborative projects behind them, the two artists are now working together to interweave elements of perception, embodiment, exaggeration, and humor into an aural and visual play on the depths and limits of human awareness. By merging computer-intensive electronic spatialization with physical performance, Baird and Eilbacher construct a demanding experience that questions the relationsh... Read On

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