By The Kitchen
November 1, 2022
Season Continues to Engage Artists Within a Durational Programming Model that Nurtures Collaborative Experimentation
Red, White, Yellow, and Black: 1972—73, March 7–April 29, 2023 Claire Chase: Density @ 10, The Kitchen at Westbeth and Carnegie Hall, May 19–25 Dance and Process: Martita Abril, Jonathan González, and Anh Vo, American Academy of Arts and Letters, June 3–4 Ethan Philbrick: Re:Group Works, The Kitchen at Westbeth, June 7 Winter/Spring Video Viewing Rooms, The Kitchen OnScreen, ongoing The Kitchen x Montez Press Radio , various locations, September 2022–September 2023 The Kitchen L.A.B. Residency x Simons Foundation x School For Poetic Computation, September 2022–September 2023
The Kitchen announces Winter/Spring 2023 programming, resulting from durational engagements that give experimental artists and collectives an abundance of time and organizational support to pursue their ideas. Within and beyond The Kitchen’s temporary home in the West Side Loft at Westbeth Artists Housing (163B Bank Street, 4th Floor Loft, New York), the organization features culminating presentations from two 12-month residencies in conversation with The Kitchen’s archive and new media roots; an exhibition reexamining formative multimedia concerts from the early days of The Kitchen; the retrospective continuation of a bold and generative 24-year series of commissioned music; and more. The Kitchen continues this season to untether performance from the finite realm of one-evening presentations (and often from finite space), with works evolving through process, accumulation, and recontextualization.
Legacy Russell, Executive Director and Chief Curator of The Kitchen said, “This season focuses on experimental definitions of collective practices, avant-garde collaboration, and pedagogical exchange. Defying the mythology of creative work advanced individually by solo practitioners, these artists show us how to embed the world in the act of making, and model sustainable communities adaptive to the future of art we want to live in. The Kitchen in this way remains a networked site of interdisciplinary and multigenerational transformation.”
Following celebrated composer, pianist, vocalist, filmmaker, and multidisciplinary artist Samora Pinderhughes’s season-long Fall 2022 GRIEF, a sprawling multimedia presentation including three distinct live performances and screenings of multiple films, The Kitchen, in Winter/Spring 2023, continues to present work that lets audiences into processes of creation and progression. Over the past 10 years, Claire Chase, “perhaps the flute's most imaginative living advocate” (The New Yorker), has commissioned and presented new work for solo flute to build a bold repertory for the instrument, with new contributions being added annually for 24 years. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Density 2036 project, Chase will perform eight performances at The Kitchen at Westbeth and at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall (in residence May 1–18; free performances: May 19 & 20, 23 & 24 at The Kitchen at Westbeth as part of Carnegie Hall Citywide, May 18 and 25 at Zankel Hall), revisiting the pieces the project has generated, and debuting a new composition from Craig Taborn.
Two 12-month residencies continue with boundary-pushing presentations in Spring 2023. In a collaboration with the Simons Foundation —whose Outreach, Education, and Engagement division seeks to provide opportunities for people to forge a connection to science—The Kitchen launched in Fall 2022 a year-long L.A.B Research Residency focused on the histories of art, science, and technology represented in The Kitchen’s archive. For this inaugural year of the program through Fall 2023, the School for Poetic Computation (SFPC) is in residence. Working collaboratively with The Kitchen, SFPC has brought together four Research Groups to pursue collective study using archival materials. Public programs resulting from this process will be announced in Spring/Summer 2023. Experimental broadcasting and performance platform Montez Press Radio has similarly been in residence since Fall 2022, exploring questions of narrative in relation to place through a series of offsite productions, transmitting both The Kitchen and Montez Press Radio beyond the respective walls within which they’re based. They will present a series of performances throughout Spring 2023, from Salome Oggenfuss and The Working Theater (April), writer and harpist Esther Sibiude with a five-musician ensemble (June), singer-songwriter Mat Kastella (July), and Lamb (Nala Duma) (June).
This year, The Kitchen’s longest-running series, Dance and Process, becomes the site of an exciting collaboration with American Academy of Arts and Letters, who will host participating dance artists-in-residence Martita Abril, Jonathan González, and Anh Vo as they engage in a group process of creation and feedback, culminating with performances on June 3 and 4. Dance and Process is organized by Moriah Evans and __Yve Laris Cohen__—two visionary artists whose work challenges the industry, exigencies, and corrosive norms of dance—with Matthew Lyons, Curator, and Angelique Rosales Salgado, Curatorial Assistant.
From March 7–April 29, in Westbeth’s West Side Loft—a space that recalls The Kitchen’s original locations at the Mercer Arts Center and, later, the loft it occupied on the corner Wooster and Broome Streets—the organization will present an exhibition recognizing the 50th anniversary of the “multimedia concerts” organized by the multicultural, female-led coalition Red, White, Yellow, and Black: 1972-73 (formed by Shigeko Kubota, Mary Lucier, Cecilia Sandoval, and Charlotte Warren-Huey) at The Kitchen in 1972 and 1973. On June 7, a group of artists presents readings and responses to Ethan Philbrick’s forthcoming book Group Works: Art, Politics, and Collective Ambivalence, which examines ways artists engage with the group as a medium—including a focus on several case studies of group works created at The Kitchen over the years. The evening program will feature solo contributions from Morgan Bassichis and Mariana Valencia and responses from collaborative duos Lauren Bakst and Niall Jones and Brandon Lopez and Fred Moten.
The Kitchen’s Video Viewing Room similarly hearkens back to The Kitchen’s past, when between 1975 and the 1990s, its buildings featured a designated space for video presentations. The Video Viewing Room, which now makes new and recent video works and archival recordings available online, as of January 27 features a new work from Brian Fuata. Video Viewing Room premieres for Spring 2023 will be announced soon.
Image: Still from Brian Fuata, of a house besieged (preposition tweaked), 2020. Single-channel video, 11:49 minutes. Commissioned by the Art Gallery of New South Wales for Together in Art New Work, 2020. Supported by the Tindale Foundation. Image courtesy of the artist.
Image description: An image of Brian Fuata performing as a ghost behind a blue backdrop and a projected image, with a microphone and speaker set on the ground, alongside a banner of text that reads "diving gushing water sounds" in yellow at the top center of the image, with other text on the right side that reads "Aodhan wrote me a poem about ghosts doing their laundry."