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Tina Girouard: Pinwheel

By Lumi Tan

Nov 25, 2019

In collaboration with Anat Ebgi Gallery, Los Angeles, The Kitchen will present a historic restaging of Tina Girouard’s Pinwheel (1977) for the inaugural Meridians sector at Art Basel Miami Beach from December 4–8 with daily performances at 3pm. The nearly hour-long piece features four performers creating a stage-like environment in four quadrants using silk-patterned fabrics. As the action unfolds, each performer incorporates base objects and elements all connected to their given personae of ANIMAL, VEGETABLE, MINERAL, and OTHER. The performers activate the space and enact rituals defined by Girouard’s symbolic language according to a detailed set of instructions and diagrams. The original staging of Pinwheel—which included Girouard acting as both director and performer—took place in t... Read On

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In Conversation with L’Rain

By Rayna Holmes

Nov 21, 2019

In 2017, Brooklyn-raised multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and tape manipulator Taja Cheek used the moniker L’Rain to release her first eponymous album on Astro Nautico Records. Though this project was dedicated in name and spirit to Cheek’s mother Lorraine, who passed away shortly before its release, the material on the album has gone on the take many forms and now takes shape through live performance as a three-piece band. Alongside her bandmates, Long Island-native Ben Chapoteau-Katz and Buz Donald, who moved to New York from LA five years ago, Cheek constantly breathes new meaning into the compositions. Individually, the members of L’Rain have been a part of Kitchen programming in various ways over the past year, in performances and L.A.B. programs. Now, on November 21 L’Rain will... Read On

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In Conversation with Roland P. Young

By Jacob Gorchov

Nov 18, 2019

On November 21, renowned jazz clarinetist Roland P. Young will take the stage for a rare solo performance—his first in over ten years—as part of a double bill with the band L’Rain presented by The Kitchen at Public Records.  Born in Kansas City, Young was trained in both jazz and classical clarinet and began his professional music career in San Francisco in the 1960s as a radio DJ and performer. While in San Francisco, Young recorded albums both with the improvisation ensemble Infinite Sound and as a solo act. Young moved to New York in 1979 and continued to create music solo and in various bands, including The Offs. Young’s first solo record, Isophonic Boogie Woogie (1980), incorporated both electronic and acoustic instruments (including clarinet, saxophone, kalimba, and bells),... Read On

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The Kitchen L.A.B.: Regeneration

By Alison Burstein

Nov 6, 2019

Each season at The Kitchen, artists working across disciplines present a wide range of performances, exhibitions, screenings, and events. Since 2012, our annual L.A.B. series has run in parallel with this programming, creating opportunities for practitioners to speak with one another and with audiences while addressing terms that are relevant to our contemporary social, cultural, and artistic landscape; past words include presence, audience, relation, and representation. This year our curatorial team selected the term “regeneration” with the aim of probing its various registers of meaning and engaging with its combined evocations of looking to and moving on from the past. We launched this year’s L.A.B. season on September 18 with a conversation among Taja Cheek, Catherine Damman, ... Read On

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The Making of Turning Towards a Radical Listening

By Alison Burstein

Oct 23, 2019

Last week, James Allister Sprang premiered his performance Turning Towards a Radical Listening at The Kitchen. Culminating his five-week residency, this performance in our black box space is the first full realization of a project that the artist has been developing over several years in various contexts.  Sprang has drawn inspiration from a number of writers, researchers, and thinkers while creating Turning Towards a Radical Listening. Additionally, he has collaborated with a range of practitioners to develop specialized software and equipment to bring his vision for this sound-based sculptural installation to life. To give insight into Sprang’s process, this post aggregates a bibliography of texts that have been central to his thinking and a set of digital drawings that a... Read On

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