Robert Stearns Blog

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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From the Archives: Richard Maxwell

By Christine Gwillim

Nov 5, 2014

Obie-award winning director and playwright Richard Maxwell will present a new work this spring at The Kitchen. Maxwell and The New York City players have previously shown The End of Reality (2006) and Natural Hero (2012) at The Kitchen (for the company’s full production history please visit While anticipating Maxwell’s new work, we took a moment to look back at past critical reception of his works and saw themes that are particularly resonant with recent current events. In fact, one wonders, when looking at historical reviews from The Kitchen Archive, whether the artist’s productions—who is often described as taking up the banality of Americana, given his writing’s stinted language and his staging’s minimalist violence which appears more like contact improv... Read On


Three Haikus

By Jamie Stewart

Oct 14, 2014

As part of our continuing effort to highlight artists' perspectives on The Kitchen program, we regularly invite artists, choreographers, musicians, and others to pen columns for our online blog. This week, musician and composer Jamie Stewart—whose "Metal" is currently on view through Saturday, October 18—inaugurates our occasional series of haikus by artists presenting work under the organization's banner. here are some gloomy haikus paint "LIFE" on the wall become homeless and then piss where you would have slept -- the mask of the dead not indistinguishable from Aladdin's lamp -- weep up in the sky for you almost don't exist moon like a bullet —Jamie Stewart     photo by Paula Court Read On


Trajal Harrell on Twenty Looks

By Tim Griffin

Sep 24, 2014

As the presentation of Trajal Harrell’s Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at the Judson Church (curated by Matthew Lyons) came to a close last week, director and chief curator Tim Griffin spoke with the artist. Tim Griffin: What was the genesis of the series? Or better, what prompted your question, “What would have happened in 1963 if someone from the voguing ballroom scene had come downtown to perform alongside the early postmoderns?” Trajal Harrell: Around 2007 or 2008, my work started to be shown internationally, and I realized that no one abroad understood where the work was coming from. Although Judson had become well known in European contemporary dance, they weren’t familiar with the voguing tradition. And they certainly hadn’t seen how my own research on these things ha... Read On

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