Constance de Jong
Eiko & Koma
Bill T. Jones
Jackson Mac Low
Nam June Paik
Rock Steady Crew
Steina and Woody Vasulka
The Kitchen's Soho Years, 1971-85. The show offers a perspective on the vibrant, interconnected downtown New York arts scene of the 1970s and early 1980s and features single-channel videos and other artworks presented alongside audio, video, and print documentation related to the institution's programming during its fifteen years in Soho (1971-85). Works by Vito Acconci, Ambitious Lovers, Dara Birnbaum, Trisha Brown, Bush Tetras, John Cage, Meredith Monk, Bill Viola and many more.
Curated by Debra Singer, Matthew Lyons, and Lumi Tan
New York, NY, May 23, 2011—The Kitchen presents The View from a Volcano: The Kitchen’s Soho Years, 1971-85, an exhibition featuring single-channel videos and other artworks presented alongside video, audio, and print documentation related to the institution’s programming during its first fifteen years, which were spent in Soho.
There will be an opening reception for The View from a Volcano at The Kitchen (512 West 19th Street) on Wednesday, June 29, 6:00–8:00 P.M. The exhibition will be on view Thursday, June 30 through Saturday, August 27. The Kitchen’s gallery hours are Tuesday—Friday, 12:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. and Saturday, 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. Admission is free.
Curated by Debra Singer, Matthew Lyons, and Lumi Tan as part of The Kitchen’s 40th anniversary season, The View from a Volcano reveals the depth of the organization’s early history as a home for both experimental performance-based work and new developments in the visual arts, offering a unique perspective on the vibrant, interconnected downtown New York arts scene of the 1970s and early 1980s.
The exhibition will include work, and/or documentation of work, by ground-breaking artists who were redefining what art, music, dance, and performance could be. Those artists include Vito Acconci, Laurie Anderson, Karole Armitage, Robert Ashley, Charles Atlas, Beastie Boys, Dara Birnbaum, Eric Bogosian, Trisha Brown, Rhys Chatham, Lucinda Childs, Tony Conrad, Simone Forti, Philip Glass, Gary Hill, Joan Jonas, Bill T. Jones, Mike Kelley, George Lewis, Arto Lindsay, Robert Longo, Christian Marclay, John Miller, Meredith Monk, Matt Mullican, Tony Oursler, Charlemagne Palestine, Arthur Russell, Carolee Schneeman, Cindy Sherman, Stuart Sherman, Sonic Youth, Elizabeth Streb, Talking Heads, Woody and Steina Vasulka, Lawrence Weiner and many more.
This exhibition is made possible with support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Dedalus Foundation Inc., and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. About The Kitchen
The Kitchen is one of New York City’s oldest nonprofit performance and exhibition spaces, showing experimental work by innovative artists, both emerging and established. Programs range from dance, music, and theatrical performances to video and media arts exhibitions to literary events, film screenings, and artists’ talks. Since its inception in 1971, The Kitchen has been a powerful force in shaping the cultural landscape of this country and has helped launch the careers of many artists who have gone on to worldwide prominence.
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Opening Reception: Thursday, June 29, 6-8pm
512 West 19th Street, New York, NY
Exhibition Hours: Tues-Fri, 12-6 pm; Sat 11-6 pm