Autumn Knight, June 24, 2020. Performance view, The Kitchen. Photo ©2022 Paula Court.

Autumn Knight

Autumn Knight

On View: July 24-August 10, 2020

The Kitchen OnScreen

During a residency in The Kitchen’s building at 512 West 19th Street, Autumn Knight will create a new project to be viewed by online audiences. This project merges her practice of improvisation with new text, choreography, and sculpture that responds to the architecture of the space.

Knight’s work often leverages institutional resources toward inclusion through live performance and immediacy. For this project, across three durational livestreams and a final video edit, she will treat the building as her collaborator, investigating its maintenance through performance. Taking up themes related to the anxiety and gaslighting of the current moment in the US, Knight exposes the illusory circumstances of performance as it transpires without an audience and explores the generative potential of disappointment.

In Residence: July 24–August 10, 2020

Live Performance Streaming Times:

Friday, July 24, 6pm EDT Friday, July 31, 7pm EDT Friday, August 7, 6pm EDT

Organized by Lumi Tan, Curator.


Lighting Supervisor: Ali May Sound Supervisor: Philip White Video Supervisor: Ross Karre Cameras: Adele Fournet, Merve Kayan, Monica Duncan Animations: Adebukola Bodunrin Prints: Collaboration with Luther Davis, Powerhouse Arts Production Assistance: Andrew Ricci, Mike Faba, Dante Migone-Ojeda


Autumn Knight is an interdisciplinary artist working with performance, installation, video and text. Her performance work has been on view at various institutions including DiverseWorks Artspace, Art League Houston, Project Row Houses, Blaffer Art Museum, Crystal Bridges Museum, Skowhegan Space (NY), The New Museum, The Contemporary Art Museum Houston, Optica (Montreal, Canada), The Poetry Project (NY) and Krannart Art Museum (IL), The Institute for Contemporary Art (VCU), Human Resources Los Angeles (HRLA) and Akademie der Kunste, (Berlin). Knight has been an artist in residence with with In-Situ (UK), Galveston Artist Residency, YICA (Yamaguchi, Japan), Artpace (San Antonio, TX) and a 2016-2017 artist in residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem (NY). Knight is the recipient of an Artadia Award (2015) and an Art Matters Grant (2018). She has served as visiting artist at Montclair State University, Princeton University and Bard College. Her performance work is held in the permanent collection of the Studio Museum in Harlem. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2016) and holds an M.A. in Drama Therapy from New York University.


Autumn Knight’s residency is made possible with support from The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation and NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund in The New York Community Trust; annual grants from Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, and Cowles Charitable Trust; 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: Autumn Knight, Untitled Study (The Kitchen), 2020.