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No Longer Showing.

Kitchen Broadcast is a new livestream performance series taking place every Tuesday and Thursday at 6pm EDT.

Our artist community has been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis through the sudden loss of jobs and presenting opportunities, and we have postponed our previously scheduled Winter/Spring 2020 events. During uncertain times, our commitment to bringing artists and audiences together hasn’t changed, even if the circumstances have. Since gathering at The Kitchen is not currently possible, we have invited artists to connect from their homes to yours, through any form they see fit.

We are happy to welcome you to experience these Kitchen Broadcasts and to join the dialogue around them on our social media channels. To get announcements and updates on the series, follow us on Instagram and Facebook or sign up for our mailing list here. To contact us with questions about Kitchen Broadcast or to submit questions to the participating artists, please email broadcast@thekitchen.org.

Recordings of Broadcast Week 8 performances are below. 

To see recordings of all Kitchen Broadcast performances and to learn more about the series, please visit The Kitchen OnScreen.

Tuesday, May 19, 6pm EDT — Hal Foster (Instagram: @versobooks)

Hal Foster’s Kitchen Broadcast on Tuesday, May 19 coincided with the release of his new book, What Comes After Farce?, published by Verso Books. In his latest work, Foster probes arts and cultural movements under various regimes since 9/11, asking where the double predicament of a post-truth and post-shame politics leaves artists and critics on the left. He looks at shifts in art, criticism, and fiction under current regimes of war, surveillance, extreme inequality, and media disruption, using the cultural politics of emergency since 9/11–and the neoliberal makeover of art institutions that followed–as one of several case studies. The book also offers an opportunity to think about what happens to art, and satire, under crises such as the current pandemic, when communal experiences are forbidden.

For his presentation for Kitchen Broadcast, Foster was joined in conversation by Tim Griffin, The Kitchen’s Executive Director and Chief Curator. They will discuss the book’s many resonances for art and cultural movements today.

To order the book, please visit Verso Books or Bookshop.org.

Thursday, May 21, 6pm EDT — Xavier Cha (Instagram: @xaviercha)

On Thursday, May 21, Xavier Cha performed a guided hypnosis text she developed in collaboration with a clinical hypnotherapist for her 2019 solo exhibition at Commonwealth and Council in Los Angeles. As one part of that exhibition entitled SUB, Cha presented a participatory, immersive sound installation Hypnobirth, for which she and hypnotherapist Bianca DeGroat developed a text that was then recorded by DeGroat and accompanied by a soundtrack by Lafawndah. Cha has chosen to revisit this text, reading it herself for this livestream as part of her ongoing research into the entangled economy of personal agency and external control, especially as it relates to this new enigmatic terrain of physically distanced and highly mediated sociality.


Hal Foster is Townsend Martin Professor of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University. A co-editor of October magazine and books, he is the editor of The Anti-Aesthetic, and the author of Design and Crime, Recodings, The Return of the Real, Compulsive Beauty, and The Art-Architecture Complex.

Xavier Cha received her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles and BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. She has had recent solo exhibitions at Empty Gallery, Hong Kong (2018); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland (2016); 47 Canal, New York (2015, 2012); Aspect / Ratio, Chicago (2013); and the Whitney Museum of American Art (2011), and she has staged large-scale performance works at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (2017); Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw (2017); Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara (2015); INOVA, Milwaukee (2015); Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (2014); and the New Museum, New York (2013). Her work has shown in group exhibitions at ARCHIVE Bomm, Seoul (2017); High Line Art, New York (2017); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara (2015); Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (2014); and the 12th Biennale de Lyon (2013). Cha has received a Frieze Film Commission (2015) and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation (2014) and the New York Foundation for the Arts (2012).

Kitchen Broadcast is made possible with the support of the NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund in The New York Community Trust; annual grants from Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation and Howard Gilman Foundation; and in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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