The Kitchen's Soho Years

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Deb Singer and Eric Bogosian discuss the 40th anniversary of The Kitchen, and the exhibition “View from a Volcano: The Kitchen's Soho Years, 1971-85.” The show offers a unique perspective on the vibrant downtown New York arts scene of the 1970s and early 1980s and features audio, video, and print documentation from The Kitchen’s years in Soho, as well as single-channel videos and other artworks by Eric Bogosian, Laurie Anderson, Vito Acconci, John Cage, Bill T. Jones, Meredith Monk, Steve Reich, Carolee Schneeman, Bill Viola, and others. "View from a Volcano: The Kitchen's Soho Years, 1971-85" is on view at The Kitchen through August 27.


Eric Bogosian and Deb Singer

Comments [5]

adam from brooklyn

i can't help but make this correction: despite the guests' claim that they witnessed the first "break dancing concert outside of harlem" in 1981, b-boying was actually first developed in the bronx in the 70's, most notably with afrika bambatta and in crews like rock steady. even forgiving that they didn't know that, it bothered me that the they would assume that was the first time anyone saw b-boying downtown just because they hadn't!

Jul. 07 2011 01:21 PM
RLewis from the bowery

How do your guests feel about the fact that the ground they broke back in the day is now being done in bushwick and bed-sty?

Jul. 07 2011 01:02 PM
Michael Azerrad from manhattan

I'd like to know if Deb or Eric think there's anything comparable to the Kitchen SoHo going on now.

Jul. 07 2011 12:48 PM
mary from downtown

BOB ASHLEY! Perfect Lives!

Jul. 07 2011 12:44 PM

Here's an early live video piece that was performed at The Kitchen by Bill Etra and preserved on 16mm by Woody Vasulka. I did this restoration with Bill's approval:

Jul. 07 2011 12:11 PM

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