Event

The Kitchen L.A.B.: September 18, 2019

De Jong Relatives 1989 Court For Lab

Archived Event

No Longer Showing.

Inaugurated in 2012, The Kitchen L.A.B. (Language, Art, Bodies) is an annual series that brings together artists and writers across disciplines to unpack how the meaning of artistic and cultural terms may shift—and become more resonant or ambiguous—over time. 

This year, the series considers the term “regeneration” as it pertains to creating something new; as it relates to recycling or re-purposing historic issues or material; and, within the broader cultural and political landscape, as it intersects with the historical question of whether to bring about change through revolution or reform. What tools from the past remain effective, and how should they be turned over to something new? 

The L.A.B. season begins with a conversation among Taja Cheek, Catherine Damman, and Constance DeJong that grounds the exploration of regeneration within the context of The Kitchen’s past and present activities. Drawing on their sustained relationships with The Kitchen—developed through engagements including performances, public programs, and published texts—the speakers will address topics such as how exchanges between artists and institutions can be generative for both parties, how an institution’s gradual evolution might inform an artist’s work (and vice versa), and what is at stake for artists when an institution enters into a new programmatic phase.

To see videos of the entire L.A.B. series from 2012–present, please visit our Vimeo page.

Wednesday, September 18, 6:30pm

FREE

This event takes place at The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, New York, NY

Event Program

The Kitchen L.A.B. is made possible with support from Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides 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.

Image: Constance DeJong at The Kitchen, 1989. Photo by Paula Court.

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