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The Kitchen
Julius Eastman: That Which Is Fundamental

January 19 - February 10


A large-scale and interdisciplinary project that explores the life, work, and resurgent influence of Julius Eastman, a gay, African-American composer and performer who was active internationally in the 1970s and ‘80s.

This project brings more than four years of research by curators Tiona Nekkia McClodden and Dustin Hurt to The Kitchen, an early supporter of Eastman's work, with contributions from Katy Dammers, Tim Griffin, Matthew Lyons, and Christopher McIntyre.

Julius Eastman: That Which Is Fundamental includes a performance series and a two-part exhibition including both archival material and contemporary works. Please see below for the entire program.
When & where
Friday January 19 – Saturday February 10, 2018
the Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street
New York

Exhibition: A Recollection. Predicated
Friday January 19 – Saturday February 10, 2018

A Recollection maps Eastman's archival matter as a way of inviting viewers to discover new pieces and forge relationships between ephemera held by different informal archivists and approaches a historical exploration and remembrance of Julius Eastman as a master of artifice. Predicated., a group exhibition in conversation with the work of Eastman, explores notions of absence, trace presence, duration, and the politics of exhaustion, featuring works by Ash Arder, Beau Rhee, Carolyn Lazard, Chloë Bass, Courtney Bryan, James Maurelle, Jonathan Gardenhire, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Raúl Romero, Shawné Michaelain Holloway, Sondra Perry, Texas Isaiah, Wayson Jones, and Yulan Grant. Curated by Tiona McClodden and organized with Katy Dammers and Matthew Lyons.
Full Schedule of performances

Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste Evil Nigger
January 19, 8pm; January 20, 12am, 11:30am, 3pm, 6:30pm.
Co-presented with ISSUE Project Room as part of Toussaint-Baptiste’s ISSUE residency in collaboration with interdisciplinary artist LaMont Hamilton.
Julius Eastman Femenine + Joy Boy with the S.E.M. Ensemble
January 25, 8pm.
A concert of music by Julius Eastman performed by the S.E.M. Ensemble with a performance by poet Tracie Morris and electronic musician Hprizm.
Julius Eastman Thruway plus Gerry Eastman and Moor Mother
January 27, 8pm.
This concert features one of Eastman's earliest works—Thruway—in its New York City debut performed by the Arcana New Music Ensemble. The program also includes Eastman's piece Buddha and performances by Moor Mother and Gerry Eastman.
Julius Eastman Crazy Evil Gay
January 28, 8pm.
This concert held at The Knockdown Center feature three works by Julius Eastman from the late 1970s, each of which is scored for multiple instruments of the same kind.
Julius Eastman and Dance Molissa Fenley, Andy de Groat and more
January 30, 8pm.
This evening will shed new light on Eastman’s deep and abiding work in dance with an screening of never-before-seen video and other archival material detailing Eastmans’s own work as a choreographer and his collaborations with artists including Andy de Groat. Molissa Fenley presents a reconstruction of her work Geologic Moments, created in collaboration with Eastman in 1986.
Julius Eastman Macle, Trumpet, Joan d'Arc
February 3, 8pm.
For the final concert, vocal ensemble Ekmeles performs Macle, TILT Brass presents the modern premiere of Eastman's recovered work Trumpet, and American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) performs Julius Eastman's powerful work for 10 cellos The Holy Presence of Joan D'Arc. This work is accompanied by its introspective companion vocal piece Prelude to The Holy Presence of Joan d'Arc performed by soloist Julian Terrell Otis.

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January 19
February 10
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