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Celebrate the 2017–18 season!

By The Kitchen

Jun 11, 2018

Through your support this season, so many artists at The Kitchen have created and presented incredible artwork, both making history and forging new connections with it: from the warped video of Meriem Bennani to the cavernous sound of Camae Ayewa/Moor Mother and Catherine Lamb, and from the legendary chords of The Raincoats to the giant steps of the Jazz Passengers. And this is to say nothing of an unprecedented performance program celebrating the legacy of Julius Eastman , with an exhibition curated by Tiona Nekkia McClodden; the continually radical choreographies of Sarah Michelson and Stanley Love; and a genre-redefining installation and cabaret by Charles Atlas with Julianna Barwick, The Illustrious Blacks , and IMMA, among so many others. It has been a remarkable season. Ye... Read On

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Nan Goldin and Lydia Lunch at The Kitchen

By Mary Oleary

May 15, 2018

Last month, The Kitchen was thrilled to celebrate artists Nan Goldin and Lydia Lunch at our 2018 Spring Gala. During the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, icons Goldin and Lunch were vanguards of post-punk New York. Both women have presented their work at The Kitchen throughout the years, consistently returning to premiere new works that went on to exemplify their careers. Nan Goldin’s portraiture of her close-knit circle of friends in New York became emblematic of a generation’s grappling with the social issues of the time, from the epidemic of drug addiction to the AIDS crisis. Lydia Lunch is revered as a radical progenitor of No Wave music, fronting the influential Teenage Jesus and the Jerks and collaborating with acts like JG Thirlwell, Birthday Party, and Sonic Youth. Lunch has a broad ar... Read On

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From the Archives: Café Barbie

By Juliana DeVaan

May 4, 2018

By now we know that the future is most definitely femme, but the question still remains: what is feminine and who decided what it should be? Since her invention in 1959, Barbie has served as a body onto which ideas of womanhood and femininity have been mapped. As cultural critic and journalist M.G. Lord wrote in her book Forever Barbie: The Unauthorized Biography of a Real Doll (Walker & Company 1994), "At worst, Barbie projected an anomalous message; at best, she was a sort of feminist pioneer. And her meaning, like her face, has not been static over time." Some of Barbie's many reconstructions include her 1967 twist-able waist and a swath of mascara, and her 1971 post-sexual revolution, Malibu edition, whose painted-on eyes, for the first time in Barbie's history, gazed outward... Read On

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The Kitchen in Chelsea

By Sara O'Brien

Mar 20, 2018

This year marks The Kitchen’s thirty-third year in Chelsea, where the organization has resided in the same brick structure since relocating to this now bustling neighborhood in the fall of 1985. A steady fixture in a vastly altered environment, The Kitchen has presented hundreds of performances, exhibitions, and events that have been attended by thousands of individuals since programming began here in January 1986. For me, working at The Kitchen as a curatorial intern during the past year, this extensive program’s diversity and abundance becomes uniquely resonant whenever a performance begins in the ground floor theater given how a multitude of performers have adapted and refined their craft in this space over the years. In the context of Abraham Cruzvillegas' upcoming performance Autor... Read On

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Sounding Out: CIE at The Kitchen

By Sara O'Brien

Mar 19, 2018

Synth Nights: Composers Inside Electronics (March 29–31) celebrates forty years since CIE first performed at The Kitchen. In advance of this three-night series, Sara O'Brien spoke with founding members Phil Edelstein and John Driscoll about these early performances and the evolution of CIE over the years, as well as to Cecilia López about her own work and recent involvement with CIE. For Phil Edelstein, a long-standing member of Composers Inside Electronics (CIE), their early performances at The Kitchen in the 1970s were integral to the development of the collective: “CIE performances at The Kitchen have always been milestones to refine works to more essential renderings and as an inflection point to launch new directions and dimensions. The 1977 and 1978 CIE performances were a form... Read On

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