Critical Karaoke

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February 24, 7:30pm
512 West 19th Street
Tickets: sliding scale: $5-15. On-sale now

This public program provides ASL interpretation. The program will contain music and low-lighting.

Join madison moore “at the bar” of Sadie Barnette’s installation The New Eagle Creek Saloon. The evening will unfold in sonic exchange and dialogue with a dynamic round of ‘Critical Karaoke’: each presenter invited will be asked to share a song that has had meaning to them through and beyond nightlife and club space, and to speak to the song’s impact and resonance. Afterwards, stick around at the bar for some tunes and chat with moore and friends.

Presenters include: madison mooreSadie Barnette, McKenzie WarkTiona Nekkia McCloddenTavia Nyong'o, and Jasmine Infiniti.


madison moore, Ph.D. (American Studies, Yale), is an artist-scholar, DJ and assistant professor of Queer Studies in the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. They are broadly invested in the aesthetic, sonic and spatial strategies queer and trans people of color use to both survive and thrive in the face of rolling catastrophe. His first book Fabulous: The Rise of the Beautiful Eccentric (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018), offers a cultural analysis of fabulousness as a practice of resistance. Other articles have been published in venues including The Atlantic, Theater, and the Journal of Popular Music Studies. madison has performed internationally at a range of nightclubs, parties and art institutions, including the Perth Festival, Performance Space Sydney, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, American Realness, Tate Britain, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. madison is currently writing a book titled Dance Mania: A Manifesto for Queer Nightlife. In Summer 2022, madison will be an artist-in-residence at the Santa Fe Art Institute.

Sadie Barnette (b. 1984, Oakland, CA) has a BFA from CalArts and an MFA from University of California, San Diego. Sadie Barnette’s multimedia practice illuminates her own family history as it mirrors a collective history of repression and resistance in the United States. The last born of the last born, and hence the youngest of her generation, Barnette holds a long and deep fascination with the personal and political value of kin. Barnette’s adept materialization of the archive rises above a static reverence for the past; by inserting herself into the retelling, she offers a history that is alive. Her drawings, photographs, and installations collapse time and expand possibilities. Political and social structures are a jumping off point for the work, but they are not the final destination. Her use of abstraction, glitter, and the fantastical summons another dimension of human experience and imagination. She has been awarded grants and residencies by The Studio Museum in Harlem, Artadia, Art Matters, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Headlands Center for the Arts, and the Carmago Foundation in France. She has enjoyed solo shows in the following public institutions: ICA Los Angeles, The Lab and the Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco; MCA San Diego, CA; Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College, PA; the Manetti Shrem Museum, UC Davis; and the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College and Pitzer College Art Galleries, CA. Her work is in the permanent collections of: the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; Brooklyn Museum, NY; Pérez Art Museum, Miami, FL; Guggenheim Museum, NY; JP Morgan Chase Collection; Blanton Museum at UT Austin, TX; San José Museum of Art, CA; Oakland Museum of California, CA; the Berkeley Art Museum, CA; Studio Museum in Harlem, NY; and the Walker Art Center, MN; as well as a permanent, site-specific commission at the Los Angeles International Airport forthcoming in 2024. She is the inaugural Artist Fellow at UC Berkeley's Black Studies Collaboratory. She is represented by Jessica Silverman, where her first solo exhibition Inheritance is on view November 20, 2021–January 8, 2022. Barnette lives and works in Oakland, CA.

McKenzie Wark is the author, most recently, of Capital is Dead (Verso), Reverse Cowgirl (Semiotexte) and Philosophy for Spiders: on the low theory of Kathy Acker (Duke). Her next book, called Raving, will be out from Duke next fall. She is professor of culture and media at Eugene Lang College, The New School, in New York City.

Tiona Nekkia McClodden [she/her] is a visual artist, filmmaker, and curator whose work explores and critiques issues at the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and social commentary. McClodden’s interdisciplinary approach traverses documentary film, experimental video, sculpture, and sound installations. Most recently, her work has explored the themes of re-memory and narrative biomythography. Her works have shown at the Institute of Contemporary Art-Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Museum of Modern Art (New York); the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York); the New Museum (New York); Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) – Berlin; MOCA LA; MCA Chicago, and MoMA PS1. Most recently she is the recipient of the 2021-2023 Princeton Arts Fellowship, a Bucksbaum Award for her work in the 2019 Whitney Biennial, a Guggenheim Fellowship in Fine Arts (2019), among others. In 2017-18 she curated A Recollection. + Predicated. as a part of the multi-artist retrospective Julius Eastman: That Which is Fundamental at both the Slought Foundation in Philadelphia and The Kitchen in New York. Her writing has been featured on the Triple Canopy platform, in Artforum, Cultured Magazine, ART 21 Magazine, and many other publications. She is the recipient of a 2021 Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. Tiona lives and works in North Philadelphia, PA, and is the Founder + Director of Philadelphia-based, Conceptual Fade, a micro-gallery and library space centering Black thought + artistic production. She is represented by Mitchell-Innes & Nash Gallery in NYC.

Tavia Nyong’o is a critic and curator with a focus on black performance, queer theory, and contemporary art. His award-winning books include The Amalgamation Waltz (2009) and Afro-Fabulations: The Queer Drama of Black Life (2018). He is Chair and William Lampson Professor of Theater and Performance Studies at Yale University, and the Curator for Public Programs at the Park Avenue Armory. A music nerd of long standing, he grew up listening to rock, funk, disco, acid house, and techno, and had his first formative encounters with performance at 2am in the club.

Jasmine Infiniti is a New York-based DJ and producer, who started her career in Oakland, CA. She’s affiliated with Club Chai, who released her EP SiS last year. She’s a longtime member of House of Infiniti and became the mother of its Bay Area chapter. In her sets, Jasmine blends dark and industrial sounds, ambient techno, breakbeat and beyond.

Season programming is made possible in part with support from The Kitchen’s Board of Directors and The Kitchen Leadership Fund. To learn more, click here.

Image: Installation view of Sadie Barnette: The New Eagle Creek Saloon, The Kitchen, New York, January 18, 2022–March 6, 2022. Photo: Adam Reich.

Image Description: A u-shaped bar with a shiny pink surface.

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