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A Dialogue with Felix Bernstein & Gabe Rubin

By Diana Ryu and Mack Somers

Mar 23, 2020

Please visit The Kitchen OnScreen to read this post along with other texts published in Kitchen Magazine. Since 2010, Felix Bernstein and Gabe Rubin have been working collaboratively on live performances, film projects, and multimedia exhibitions. Their multifaceted production is primarily informed by drag performance, queer theory, greek mythology/tragedy, and social media. The video installation Vomitorium , one of their largest-scale projects to date and their first project with The Kitchen, extends Bernstein and Rubin’s ongoing analysis of madness and mimesis in drag and trans performance.  Installed at Queenslab, The Kitchen’s partner venue in Ridgewood, Vomitorium is an octagonal amphitheater comprising four screens and four sets of risers, all facing the open cent... Read On

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Winter/Spring 2020 Events Postponed

By The Kitchen

Mar 17, 2020

Dear Friends, In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, The Kitchen has postponed the events listed below. We are committed above all to ensuring the safety and well-being of our artists, audiences, and employees. We will announce new dates for these events as soon as possible. · March 16, The Kitchen L.A.B.: Lauren Bakst, Felix Bernstein, Narcissister, Gabe Rubin · March 21, Choreographers Convening: Dance at The Kitchen in the 1980s and 1990s · April 3–4, Ka Baird with Max Eilbacher: Vivification Exercises · April 6–May 2, Dance and Process: Cuyjet, Hawkins, Pourzal, and Rodabaugh · April 15, The Kitchen Spring Gala Benefit Honoring Debbie Harry and Cindy Sherman (rescheduled for September 17) · May 15–16, Claire Chase: Density 2036, part vii  ·... Read On

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Announcing Our Winter/Spring 2020 Season!

By Tim Griffin

Feb 26, 2020

For our Winter/Spring 2020 season, The Kitchen will build on our tradition of giving artists free rein of our spaces—a tradition that has been central to our organization since the earliest days. We deepened our commitment to this practice throughout fall 2019 by initiating a new residency model that allows artists to shape our facilities according to the shifting needs of their project.  This season, we are thrilled to continue in this vein with three ambitious residencies in our partner space, Queenslab, where the expansive scale and open layout invite artists to experiment with exciting new formats for exhibitions, performances, and programs. Meanwhile, in our Chelsea building, we will be working with artists to reimagine the functions of each floor—moving outside their previou... Read On

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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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