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John Cale and Lawrence Weiner

By Katy Dammers

Apr 12, 2017

We are honored to celebrate John Cale and Lawrence Weiner at our Spring Benefit Gala this year. Both artists have had long relationships with The Kitchen throughout their careers, and as the gala nears we look back on their history here through a collection of images and ephemera from our archive.  JOHN CALE In the fall of 1982 John Cale appeared on a split bill with Bob Neuwith at The Kitchen entitled Convergence . They each presented solo works, and Cale’s rendition of “Heartbreak Hotel” was a noted favorite on the program of artists who exemplified what Christian Science Monitor reviewer David Sterritt described as the “try anything brashness that goes over well at the unpredictable Kitchen.” Neuwith and Cale performed a work together at the beginning of the conc... Read On

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Today's #BreakLunch

By The Kitchen

Feb 17, 2017

During the past month, The Kitchen has been proud to present Cory Arcangel and Olia Lialina’s “Asymmetrical Response,” an exhibition that takes up not only the ambiguous character of contemporary media—questioning, in effect, the levers of power and flow of information within the Internet’s historical apparatus—but also, and as important, the fundamental value of simple dialogue among people today. As much as Cory and Olia’s exhibition offers an incisive account of social structures and behaviors as they are shaped by digital technology, it is also a record of a decades-long conversation between two people with common interests. By committing to such continuing dialogues, whether in art or life, the most remarkable observations can be made—and the most lasting collective goals accompli... Read On

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Plans for January 20

By The Kitchen

Jan 19, 2017

Dear Friends, Describing The Kitchen’s very beginnings, founders Woody and Steina Vasulka once recalled how an informal gathering among like-minded individuals devoted to video quickly grew into a venue for artists of all stripes, working in music, dance, performance, literature, and art: “Basically, The Kitchen became a place for everybody who didn’t have a home.” It’s something casually said, yet with incredible implications. Such a premise extends to the fundamental concept of nonprofit and alternative organizations as they came into being during the past half century: that there is a living need for institutions whose very existence is defined through our recognizing, accommodating, and sustaining the value of diversity and difference. And this idea continues to guide the organizat... Read On

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The Kitchen announces its Winter 2017 season!

By The Kitchen

Dec 13, 2016

Dear Friends, The Kitchen is proud to announce its Winter 2017 season, which presents remarkable new works and premieres by artists from New York and around the world. Opening the year, Philippe Quesne’s singular La Mélancolie des dragons makes its New York debut (January 10–14), featuring a band of travelers whose car breaks down in the forest, prompting them to create a heavy-metal-themed amusement park. Also in January, artists Cory Arcangel and Olia Lialina collaborate on their exhibition, “Asymmetrical Response,” which traces the Internet’s cultural shift from a military technology to a platform for the free exchange of information, and, finally, the ambiguous “content delivery system” we know today. And Paulina Olowska teams with choreographer Katy Pyle and composer Sergei ... Read On

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From the Archives: We Interrupt this Program

By Samantha Rose Kohl

Oct 26, 2016

“To turn our private grief at the loss of friends, family, lovers and strangers into something public would serve as another powerful dismantling tool. It would dispel the notion that this virus has a sexual orientation or the notion that the government and medical community has done very much to ease the spread or advancement of this disease.” - David Wojnarowicz in October, 1989 Still from We Interrupt this Program (1991), directed by Charles Atlas and produced by Robin Schanzenbach, Mary Ellen Strom and Barbara Tsumagari in conjunction with The Kitchen and Visual AIDS. Pictured: Lucy Sexton of DANCENOISE. By 1991, New York was rocked by AIDS. Many artists recall that it seemed one either knew-someone or knew-someone-who-knew-someone who had died of the epidemic. Lucy Sexton ... Read On

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