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This Week: The Kitchen L.A.B.: Regeneration

By Alison Burstein

Jan 28, 2020

Over the past months, we have convened artists, writers, and other practitioners to reflect on the notion of “regeneration” as part of four Kitchen L.A.B. programs. The next event in this series will take place here at The Kitchen this week on Wednesday, February 5, with movement-based performance artist, urban farmer, and writer mayfield brooks; cellist, composer, and writer Ethan Philbrick; and artist and filmmaker Tourmaline. In the lead up to this program, you can revisit the L.A.B. conversations that took place earlier this season: a set of posts on this blog spotlights the insights that emerged from September’s program with musician and curator Taja Cheek, writer and scholar Catherine Damman, and artist and writer Constance DeJong; November’s discussion among musicians Chris Eddl... Read On

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In Conversation with Richard Maxwell

By Elizabeth Wiet

Jan 17, 2020

Richard Maxwell is a playwright and theater director best known for his work with the New York City Players, a company he founded in 1999. Utilizing sparse sets and often laconic acting styles, Maxwell reduces theater to its most essential elements, creating plays that, in the words of critic Hilton Als, oscillate between the “mythic” and the “mundane.” A longtime friend of The Kitchen, Maxwell first presented work here in 1996 with the play Clowns Plus Wrestlers . His newest play, Queens Row , was commissioned by London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts in 2018. It opened at The Kitchen on January 8 and runs through January 25. In advance of Queens Row’s opening, Maxwell sat down with The Kitchen’s Curatorial Fellow, Elizabeth Wiet, to talk about minimalism, making theater in unconve... Read On

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Next in The Kitchen L.A.B.: Regeneration

By Alison Burstein

Jan 13, 2020

As the new year begins, we continue The Kitchen’s ongoing L.A.B. series with a program tonight, Monday, January 13, featuring artist and musician E. Jane, artist Jamian Juliano-Villani, and poet and cultural critic Wayne Koestenbaum. Since last September, we have convened three events bringing together artists, writers, and other practitioners to reflect on this year’s term, “regeneration,” in relation to both their own work and contemporary social and cultural developments. To revisit September’s conversation among musician and curator Taja Cheek, writer and scholar Catherine Damman, and artist and writer Constance DeJong, click here; and to learn about November’s discussion among musicians Chris Eddleton and Avram Fefer, poet and photographer Rachel Eliza Griffiths, and artis... Read On

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In Memorium Woody Vasulka

By The Kitchen

Dec 22, 2019

It is with deepest sadness that The Kitchen joins the artistic community in mourning the passing of Woody Vasulka, who, with his partner Steina Vasulka, founded our organization in 1971. Originally seeking to create a center for artists working in the emerging medium of video, the Vasulkas quickly found their generous and welcoming environment becoming “a home for the homeless” among artists whose innovative approaches across disciplines—particularly music—were in need of a new institutional context. To this day Woody’s example in art, where he continually pushed boundaries while making work with Steina, provides The Kitchen with its guiding spirit. As the duo wrote in their manifesto for The Kitchen (reproduced in full below): “This place was selected by Media God to perform an exper... Read On

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Steadfastly The Kitchen

By Tim Griffin

Dec 13, 2019

If you visited The Kitchen during the past year, you found this storied arts institution standing strong within a swiftly changing city landscape. While construction sites have set our Chelsea neighborhood in flux, The Kitchen has steadfastly remained itself, a home for artists across disciplines to make their most groundbreaking work. To keep our historic place as a non-profit art center in Chelsea, we need your support to ensure The Kitchen will remain such a platform for artists both now and for decades to come. Your contribution will make possible The Kitchen’s unique collaborations with artists who receive extended time in our spaces so their projects may take new turns. Just this past summer, Kevin Beasley presented sculpture and performances in our theater, gallery, and offic... Read On

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