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In Conversation with James Allister Sprang

By Tim Griffin

Sep 30, 2019

For five weeks from today through the end of October, artist James Allister Sprang is in residence in The Kitchen’s first-floor space, developing a new iteration of his ongoing project Turning Towards a Radical Listening . Sprang will begin his residency by organizing a sound-based sculptural installation, which will become a stage for public conversations with poets Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Tracie Morris, and M. NourbeSe Philip regarding their understandings of language and its interior codes. Recorded exchanges from these discussions will become the sound material for Sprang’s installation, with performances during the final two weeks of his residency consisting of the recordings being run through voice-to-text software and other applications to highlight—and potentially to make new... Read On

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From the Archives, On the Archive: John Miller

By Ava Goldwyn

Sep 20, 2019

“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. The Kitchen has a history of acting as a hotbed for artistic experimentation: it has staged early exhibitions of numerous artists who later went on to gain prominence. One such artist is John Miller, who is best known as a visual artist and critic and whose artwork is distinguished by a sometimes tongue-in-cheek critique of society and by a subversion of the boundaries between media. Miller’s first exhibition at The Kitchen, Recent Work , opened in April 1983. It was his second solo exhibition as a youn... Read On

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Announcing Our Fall 2019 Season!

By Tim Griffin

Sep 12, 2019

For our Fall 2019 season, The Kitchen returns in a sense to our loft-culture roots, with artists recasting and redefining our spaces according to the changing contours of their individual projects. Following the lead of artists is hardly new for The Kitchen. During the past decade, we’ve periodically given over our entire building to individual artists such as ANOHNI, Charles Atlas, Gretchen Bender, Ralph Lemon, and, most recently, Kevin Beasley as their installations forged groundbreaking institutional languages. But this season we will take this approach a step further: artists’ projects over the course of their engagements will move from residency to open studio to final presented performance and/or exhibition, continually changing the function of the spaces they inhabit. W... Read On

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In Memoriam Stanley Love

By The Kitchen

Aug 28, 2019

The Kitchen mourns the untimely loss of our friend, choreographer Stanley Love. As a catalytic force in the downtown scene for nearly thirty years, Love and his Stanley Love Performance Group impacted so many lives through their ecstatic, insistent, and radical practice of dancing together. Hailing from Iowa, Love came to New York to attend The Juilliard School. He founded Stanley Love Performance Group in 1992 and first performed at The Kitchen as part of the Dance and Process program in December 1995. He later premiered an evening-length work entitled coven with an x here in 1998. In the press release for coven, Stanley stated, “One of my neuroses in creating a dance is finding a choice that connects ten levels of meaning at once.” Recently, SLPG made a show-stopping appearance at ou... Read On

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Remembering Douglas Crimp (1944–2019)

By The Kitchen

Jul 10, 2019

The Kitchen is deeply saddened by the passing of our friend and inspiration Douglas Crimp. As art historian, critic, and activist, Crimp had a profound and immeasurable impact on contemporary art and culture, and his work and generous spirit informed The Kitchen’s programming directly and indirectly in meaningful ways over the decades. We had the honor of hosting several recent events with Crimp, including ones marking the publication of his books “Our Kind of Movie”: The Films of Andy Warhol (2012) and Before Pictures (2016) and a conversation between Crimp and Charles Atlas about the artist’s body of work in 2015. And we will never forget the night when Crimp (pictured above on the right) took the podium at our 2016 Spring Gala honoring Atlas, stepping up in our time of need and imp... Read On

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