The Kitchen Fall Season
The Kitchen announces its fall season, and it looks great. Full line-up after the jump.
One Minute More
Kate Gilmore, Jamie Isenstein, Oliver Lutz, Clifford Owens,
Georgia Sagri, Aki Sasamoto, and Josh Tonsfeldt
September 10‹October 31, 2009
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 10, 6:00 P.M.‹8:00 P.M.
Panel Discussion: Tuesday, October 13, 7:00 P.M.
Performances by Aki Sasamoto: Tuesday, September 15, 7:00 P.M.; Tuesday,
October 6, 7:00 P.M.
Gallery Exhibition Hours: Tuesday‹Friday, 12:00 P.M.‹6:00 P.M.; Saturday,
11:00 A.M.‹6:00 P.M.
Curated by Debra Singer, Matthew Lyons, and Miriam Katz
The New York-based artists in this group exhibition create performance-based
videos, photographs, and sculptural installations that experiment with
various approaches to presenting and documenting durational actions or live
events. Some of the artists structure their work around carefully
choreographed, task-based activities relating to self-imposed constraints,
while others develop more intricate, narrative scenarios responding to a
given environment. In both cases, the artists alternatively explore a range
of issues relating to labor and stamina, risk and vulnerability, as well as
questions of identity that together form of a larger investigation into the
physical and mental conditions of contemporary life.
The Kitchen will host a free panel discussion with the artists on Tuesday,
October 13, addressing various approaches, methods and implications related
to the documentation of performance, an underlying concern within many works
in the show. In conjunction with the exhibition, Aki Sasamoto will perform
in the gallery at 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, September 15 and Tuesday, October 6.
Blarvuster and Electric Kulintang
Thursday and Friday, September 17 and 18, 8:00 P.M.
Curated by Nick Hallett
This vigorous evening of composer-driven “band-sembles” reveals two
approaches to the fusion of experimental and folk formulas, drawing heavily
upon Eastern traditions and the sensibilities of storytelling to weave
together magical musical textures.
Blarvuster is the ³border-busting² sextet convened by composer Matthew Welch
to play his original compositions, which connect the driving pulse of
post-minimalism and rock to dynamic Balinese vocal melodies and rhythms. The
ensemble features Leah Paul (flutes), Max Mandel (viola), Mary Halvorson
(guitar), Ian Riggs (bass) and Tomas Fujiwara (drums), while Welch helms
with virtuosity, alternating between the Highland Bagpipe and full-throated
vocalism. For more information, http://www.myspace.com/blarvuster
A collaboration between celebrated drummer-composer Susie Ibarra and veteran
percussionist Roberto Rodriguez, Electric Kulintang draws upon Filipino
musical and folklore traditions to create new kinds of trance music, played
on electronics, kulintang gong, and western drum kit. Electric Kulintang’s
compositions also incorporate recordings of indigenous culture the pair has
taken on recent voyages to the Philippines. For more information,
http://www.electrickulintang.com/ <http://www.electrickulintang.com/> .
With MGM Grand
Thursday, September 24, 8:00 P.M.
Visual artists and musicians John Miller, Jutta Koether, and Tony Conrad
join forces as XXX Macarena to create noise-based soundscapes with guitar,
synthesizer, and violin. Starting off the evening will be TONIGHT, a dance
by MGM Grand, a new collaborative performance project by Felicia Ballos,
Biba Bell, Jmy Leary, and Robert McNeill.
The Kitchen Block Party: A Free Neighborhood Street Fair
Saturday, September 26, 12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Kick off the fall season with a free, family-friendly street festival
featuring an afternoon of live performances alongside dozens of artist-led
activities and crafts, including face-painting, puppet and mask-making,
temporary tattoos, cookie decorating, collaborative sculpture projects,
unusual photo booths, hula-hoop and drumming workshops, and many, many more.
Big Dance Theater: Comme Toujours Here I Stand
Thursday‹Saturday, October 1‹4, 8:00 P.M.
Wednesday‹Saturday, October 7‹10, 8:00 P.M.
Big Dance Theater’s new work, Comme Toujours Here I Stand, re-invents Agnès
Varda’s classic New Wave film, Cléo From 5 to 7, as a piece of theater. Shot
in Paris in 1961, the original film captures the early evening hours in the
life of a marginally-talented pop singer waiting for the results of a
medical examination. The ensemble uses the film¹s script as a found object,
moving three rolling walls and low-budget video to collide the agility of
film and the endearingly burdensome nature of theater. In this unique
collaboration, costumes, set, and wallpaper merge through video into one
expressive medium that brings the vivid, colorful interiors of a cinematic
world to life. The show features performances by Tymberly Canale, Chris
Giarmo, Molly Hickok, Ryutaro Mishima, and Kourtney Rutherford.
Jason Samuels Smith: Charlie¹s Angels
Thursday‹Saturday, October 22‹24, 8:00 P.M.
Saturday, October 24, 3:00 P.M.
Curated by Rashida Bumbray
Produced by Divine Rhythm Productions and Dulé Hill
In less than a decade, Emmy Award-winning choreographer and hoofer Jason
Samuels Smith has emerged as a leader in the tap dance world. For the New
York premiere of his new dance work, Charlie¹s Angels, he considers the
complex intersections between inspiration, re-interpretation, and creative
process, using Charlie Parker¹s revolutionary harmonic ideas and tonal
vocabulary as a point of departure. Revisiting Parker¹s early, influential
recordings, Samuels Smith relates them to the history of tap dance, as well
as to his personal development as a choreographer.
Developed in collaboration with, and performed by, three of the most
innovative women tap dancers in the world, Chloe Arnold, Michelle Dorrance,
and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, and also featuring Samuels Smith, the piece
recontextualizes Parker¹s music in the present moment. Samuels Smith takes
us on a ride through fast tempos, virtuosic technique, and improvisation
based on the harmonic <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harmony> structure that
has become the legacy of bebop music.
An Evening with Bidoun
Monday, October 26, 7:00 P.M.
This evening of texts, images, evocations and echoes draws from Bidoun¹s
recent INTERVIEWS issue and its forthcoming NOISE issue. Created in 2004,
Bidoun is dedicated to commissioning original writing on the visual arts,
architecture, film, and music, as well as producing artist projects from,
in, and around the Middle East region. The magazine is published in New
York; edited in Dubai, Cairo, and New York; and distributed worldwide. For
more information, visit www.bidoun.com <http://www.bidoun.com/> .
Sue de Beer and Andy Comer: Radio Play
Thursday and Friday, October 29 and 30, 8:00 P.M.
This new collaborative work between video artist Sue de Beer and musician
Andy Comer takes the format of a traditional radio play, narrating a mystery
whose structure is based on a Gothic Romance novel. With a new text written
and read live-on-stage by de Beer, Radio Play alternates segments of the
story with songs written and performed by Comer amidst a haunted set created
by de Beer.
Nancy Garcia: I need more and Chase Granoff: The Art of Making Dances
Thursday‹Saturday, November 5‹7, 8:00 P.M.
Curated by Matthew Lyons
Choreographers Nancy Garcia and Chase Granoff premiere new works in this
shared evening of dance.
In I need more, Garcia draws inspiration from tropes found in noise, punk
rock, and rock¹n¹roll music history as a source for movement material and
choreographic structures, tapping her own involvement in both the worlds of
experimental music and dance. Incorporating live music and video, this new
performance also coincides with the release of Garcia¹s latest solo album,
composed specifically to be integrated into the dance and vice versa,
offering the possibility of experiencing one, overarching choreography
through both forms. Collaborators include Felicia Ballos, Xavier Cha, Robbie
Cook, Eleanor Erdman, Danny Johnston, and Sarah White-Ayón.
Granoff’s The Art of Making Dances uses choreography as a platform for the
production and distribution of information. The piece transmits the
performance work and writings of Doris Humphrey (The Art of Making Dances,
1959), Simone Forti (Handbook in Motion, 1974), and the films Le gai savior
(1969) and One plus One (1968) by Jean-Luc Godard through a disjunctive
montage of text, sound, and movement. The production begins with the
creation of a book that will be released at the performance. Collaborators
include Jennifer Sullivan, Jenn Joy, and Ei Arakawa. Special guest
appearance by Kate Bush Dance Troupe.
Lighting design for I need more and The Art of Making Dances by Joe
Keren Cytter: The Secret Diaries of Linda Schultz
Wednesday and Thursday, November 11 and 12, 8:00 P.M.
Presented by Performa and The Kitchen
Israeli visual artist Keren Cytter¹s first theatrical production combines
dance, video, and music to tell the story of liberal activist John Webber
and graphic designer Linda Schultz. Webber and Schultz are unexpectedly
transformed into the opposite sex. Influenced by science fiction,
contemporary feminism and soap operas, The Secret Diaries of Linda Schultz
is performed by Cytter¹s dance company, D.I.E. Now (Dance International
Europe Now), and uses the artist¹s trademark ³kitchen-sink existentialism²
to wittily address the frustrations and confines of social roles.
Performa 09 (November 1-22, 2009) is the third edition of the
internationally acclaimed biennial of new visual art performance presented
by Performa, a non-profit multidisciplinary arts organization dedicated to
exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of twentieth
century art and to encouraging new directions in performance for the
twenty-first century. www.performa-arts.org
Besides, With, Against, And Yet: Abstraction and The Ready-Made Gesture
November 13, 2009‹January 16, 2010
Opening reception: Friday, November 13, 6:00 P.M.‹8:00 P.M.
Gallery Exhibition Hours: Tuesday‹Friday, 12:00 P.M.‹6:00 P.M.; Saturday,
11:00 A.M.‹6:00 P.M.
Curated by Debra Singer
This group exhibition brings together more than twenty New York-based
artists whose works engage diverging conceptual approaches to abstract
painting and question the fundamental roots of the medium¹s modernist
legacies. Renegotiating histories of painting with a mixture of both irony
and sincerity, these artists appropriate aspects of non-narrative
abstraction as ³ready-made² vocabularies to be reinvented. Whether resulting
from detached and mechanized modes of production or more direct,
hand-rendered means, the works¹ formal gestural qualities are offered up in
relation to conceptual, minimalist, process, and pop art traditions. The
artists in the show are: Richard Aldrich, Kerstin Brätsch, Jessica
Dickinson, Cheryl Donegan, Keltie Ferris, Wade Guyton, Jaya Howey, Alex
Hubbard, Jacqueline Humphries, Jacob Kassay, Nate Lowman, Seth Price, R.H.
Quaytman, Blake Rayne, Davis Rhodes, Josh Smith, Cheyney Thompson, Patricia
Treib, Charline von Heyl, and Kelley Walker, among others.
An Evening with Cabinet: Picturing Objectivity
Tuesday, November 24, 7pm
This panel discussion will center on the history and current practices of
pictorial representation in the sciences and will address how such changes
how influenced (and been influenced by) artistic practices. What does it
mean to make an “objective” image of a natural object? How have ideals of
fidelity to nature changed over the last 400 years? What have been, or could
be, the implications for the visual arts? The evening will feature historian
of science Peter Galison (co-author of the breakthrough book Objectivity,
which offers a major reinterpretation of the relationship between the
sciences and arts in the nineteenth century) in conversation with artist
Terry Winters and others about the place of objectivity and subjectivity –
historically and analytically – in the making of images. The discussion will
be built around “readings” of a set of paradigmatic paintings, diagrams, and
drawings spanning the arts and the sciences. The discussion will be
moderated by D. Graham Burnett, an editor at Cabinet.
An Evening with n+1
Monday, November 30, 7pm
This evening will feature readings by and discussion with recent
contributors to the twice-yearly print journal n+1. Nonchalantly blending
pop culture, literary esoterica, and academic theory, n+1 presents politics,
literature and literary theory, culture, and philosophy in language free of
jargon. For more information, visit www.nplusonemag.com.
Cubic Zirconia and Gordon Voidwell
Friday and Saturday, December 4 and 5, 8:00 P.M.
Curated by Rashida Bumbray
Singer/songwriter Tiombe Lockhart is known for her darkly lyric,
transgressive version of experimental soul music. Her most recent project,
Cubic Zirconia, consists of Lockhart and her new partners in crime ‹ former
Glassjaw member Todd Weinstock, his Men Women and Children bandmate Nick
Hook, and David Sturdivant. This genre-defying group of downtown,
acid-soaked, space-house soul searchers will perform their newest
collaborative compositions for vocals, electronics, and drum machines.
Gordon Voidwell is a fictional character ‹ the alter ego of a Bronx-born,
ex-chorister-turned-rap geek called Will Johnson. As a live act, the Gordon
Voidwell lineup comprises Tecla Esposito, Kassa Overall, and Guillermo
Brown. As partners that have influenced Johnson¹s worldview, they too are
Gordon Voidwell. This electrified grit-pop draws from Johnson¹s roots, folk
music of the South Bronx ghetto, and electro standards.
Dance and Process: Renée Archibald, Neal Beasley, and Steven Reker
Friday and Saturday, December 11 and 12, 8:00 P.M.
Curated by Yasuko Yokoshi
The culmination of an extended group process of sharing work and receiving
structured feedback, this evening features three new works by choreographers
Renée Archibald, Neal Beasley, and Steven Reker. Dance and Process, one of
The Kitchen’s oldest ongoing programs, annually showcases the work of
dancers emerging as choreographers. In a two-month residency, an
accomplished choreographer serving as the program¹s guest curator mentors
her/his up-and-coming counterparts. The Kitchen contributes technical and
administrative support, in addition to its black box theater for weekly
sessions with the curator and the culminating public performances.
Nature Theater of Oklahoma: Romeo and Juliet
Thursday‹Saturday, December 17‹19, 8:00 P.M.
Tuesday‹Wednesday, December 22‹23, 8:00 P.M.
Wednesday‹Saturday, January 6‹9, 8:00 P.M.
Wednesday‹Saturday, January 13‹16, 8:00 P.M.
This one-of-a-kind performance is the result of a series of phone calls to
people who were asked to tell, in their own words, the story of Romeo and
Juliet from beginning to end. With some rather surprising twists and turns,
given that no one seems to remember the exact plot, the myriad versions of
the story compound in an array of competing scenarios. The participants try
to invent themselves out of their own narrative blind alleys. Where memory
fails, a kind of necessary creativity steps in to fill the void. What we are
left with is a highly personal and original series of the famous story,
infused with emotion and thoughts about love, need, and the complex nature
Romeo and Juliet features Anne Gridley and Robert M. Johanson with Elisabeth
Conner. The piece was conceived and directed by Pavol Liska and Kelly
Copper, and drawn from conversations with Linda Copper, Eliotte Crowell,
Anne Gridley, Teresa Gridley, Jo Liegerot, Robert M. Johanson, Zachary
Oberzan and Kristin Worrall. The design is by Peter Nigrini. The production
manager is Robert Saenz de Viteri.