The Kitchen

Art, music, dance, performance, film, and literature.

May 16

The Kitchen spring Gala honoring Nan Goldin and Lydia Lunch

The Kitchen celebrates two essential artists: photographer Nan Goldin, renowned for capturing her generation’s post-punk, New Wave scene (notably, slides from Ballad of Sexual Dependency were first shown at The Kitchen in 1980) ; and musician and artist Lydia Lunch, a radical progenitor of No Wave music whose numerous films and performance works at The Kitchen have engaged power structures and political systems from an unapologetically feminist perspective.

May 23, 6:30pm 

The Kitchen L.A.B. 

Please join us for the final gathering in this year’s L.A.B. series, featuring Rizvana Bradley, Aria Dean, and Autumn Knight, revolving around the term relation. mThe Kitchen L.A.B. (its acronym stands for “language,” “art,” “bodies”) invites artists, authors, and curators to unpack ambiguous vocabularies in contemporary art by responding to them both in conversation and artworks.

May 21, 8pm

Midori Takada

With encyclopedic knowledge of Asian and African percussive traditions that clear kinship with Reich and Glass, the enigmatic percussionist and composer, renowned in Japanese vanguard circles, creates lucid yet expansive sonic textures — variously labeled a ambient, mimicl, or mystical.


May 24, 8pm

UDP: Anne Boyer & Simone White (in conversation)

The Kitchen welcomes back Ugly Duckling Presse to celebrate the launch of new books by
Anne Boyer (A Handbook of Disappointed Faith) and Simone White (Dear Angel of Death) with readings by both authors followed by a conversation (moderated by their editor, Anna Moschovakis) touching upon issues ranging from popular music to the poet’s essay. The authors will take questions from the audience, with a reception and book signing to follow.


May 24 – June 16
Opening reception: May 24, 5–8pm
Gallery hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 11–6pm

ISP: “Omnipresence”

This exhibition presents a diverse range of critical strategies that render the infrastructure, media, and iconography of authority in the lived everyday. Through architectural intervention, sculpture, performance, and the moving image, the works displayed explore how control becomes an environmental condition, how “Omnipresence”—the name of New York City’s new strategy for a heightened saturation of police presence—calls for hyper-vigilance. In Kafka’s words, “there are only control agencies.”


May 30, 8pm

Hands Free: Album Release

The Hands Free celebrate the release of their self-titled debut album on New Amsterdam Records with a lively evening of acoustic music. Comprised of composer/performers James Moore(guitar/banjo), Caroline Shaw (violin), Nathan Koci (accordion) and Eleonore Oppenheim(bass), The Hands Free draw on a breadth of influences from traditional folk music, classical styles, and avant-garde experimentation to create a mash-up of evocative melodies, ethereal soundscapes, and explosive improvisations. The Hands Free are joined by special guests, Mary Halvorson(guitars) and Robbie Lee (woodwinds), who will perform music from their upcoming album Seed Triangular, slated for release on New Amsterdam in September 2018.


June 8 – 9

Bakst, Kay, Kokoronis, and Pittman: Dance and Process

This event features new works and is the culmination of a ten-week group process of sharing work and feedback. Facilitated by Moriah Evans and Yve Laris Cohen, and featuring work by Lauren Bakst, NIC Kay, Athena Kokoronis, and Angie Pittman.


June 11, 8pm

Laura Parnes: A Tour Without End

Tour Without End is a multi-platform project/film by Laura Parnes that casts real-life musicians, artists and actors as bands on tour, and expands into a cross-generational, Trump–era commentary on contemporary culture and politics. Live musicians, included BB TAY VEE, Macy Rodman, and JD Samson with Michael O’Neill, Roddy Bottum, Caitlin Frame and Lee Free, will accompany this screening.


June 13, 7pm

“Shut It Down!”: Reframing the Art of Protest

Marking the publication of Aruna D’Souza’s critically important new book, Whitewalling: Art, Race & Protest in 3 Acts, 4Columns hosts a conversation regarding the power of protest to counter institutional racism within the art world.


June 23, 7pm

Z’EV Memorial

The Kitchen will host a memorial for the artist Z’EV, after his recent passing this winter. Remembrances will be offered by friends, colleagues, and community members. In addition, a number of musical events presented by friends and collaborators will honor Z’EV.


June 28 – August 3
Opening reception: June 28, 5–8pm
Gallery hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 11–6pm

The Racial Imaginary Institute: “On Whiteness” Exhibition

In their first year, The Racial Imaginary Institute has focused on whiteness as a starting point, stating” Whiteness as a source of unquestioned power, and as a ‘bloc’, feels itself to be endangered even as it retains its hold on power.” “On Whiteness” seeks to create a collaborative space to disorient bodies habituated to spaces of white dominance through a large-scale group exhibition; symposium chaired by Claudia Rankine; residency series with artists Dark Noise Collective, Vijay Iyer, and Jackie Sibblies Drury; and performances with artists Marguerite Hemmings, Seung-Min Lee, and Angie Pittman.


June 30, 10am

The Racial Imaginary Institute: “On Whiteness” A Symposium

The Kitchen in collaboration with The Racial Imaginary Institute presents a day-long interactive symposium on the phenomenology, distortions and diagnostics of white dominated space, featuring keynote addresses, panel discussions, and a musical performance.


July 2, 7pm

Marguerite Hemmings: we free lab

Marguerite Hemmings guides an evening of looking at relationships through movement and sound and media. Audience members will be asked to join the circle and participate in guided and unguided improv exercises with sound and movement facilitators. Issa jam. This performance is presented as part of The Racial Imaginary Institute: On Whiteness.


July 6 – 20

Dark Noise Collective: “On Whiteness” Residency

During their residency with the Racial Imaginary Institute at The Kitchen, the Dark Noise Collective (Fatimah Asghar, Franny Choi, Nate Marshall, Aaron Samuels, Danez Smith, and Jamila Woodwill) conduct a week-long retreat, focusing on internal writing workshops, artist talks, and discussions around race and how their work disrupts white dominance. This residency is presented as part of The Racial Imaginary Institute: On Whiteness.


July 23

Seung-Min Lee

Seung-Min Lee’s performance takes on the conflicted symbolic power of milk: As the once–booming dairy industry in New York state suffers with the steady decline of milk consumption, a new generation of Neo-Nazis takes pride in lactose tolerance, instrumentalizing the optical purity of milk as a emblem of white supremacy. This performance is presented as part of The Racial Imaginary Institute: On Whiteness.


July 27, 7pm

Angie Pittman: Sequined Kisses and Vazlean

Sequined Kisses and Vazlean is a diptych that grapples with ways to give love, receive love, be cool, be resilient, achieve survival, and daydream. This performance is presented as part of The Racial Imaginary Institute: On Whiteness.

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