The Kitchen area, the nonprofit arts room in Chelsea, celebrates its 50th anniversary this 12 months. Its timeline doubles as a heritage of downtown experimentalism: it has assisted expose artists like Laurie Anderson and Simone Leigh, while continuously privileging investigate procedures, adventurous formats and cross-disciplinary exchange.
Now Legacy Russell results in being executive director and chief curator in September, succeeding Tim Griffin. Russell has been the affiliate curator of exhibitions at the Studio Museum in Harlem since 2018.
A dynamic curator with a solid desire in general performance, electronic and world-wide-web-based mostly procedures, Russell expanded the Studio Museum’s investment in those people fields. She is also a theorist with an acclaimed 2020 ebook, “Glitch Feminism: A Manifesto,” and a next ebook, “Black Meme,” forthcoming.
In a phone job interview, Russell explained expanding up in the East Village, frequenting what she named the “broad constellation” of downtown progressive artwork areas including the Kitchen, as nicely as the club scene. From the culture of individuals venues, she reported, she discovered that producing art occasions is not just about programming but also “thinking about how to heart the physique in accomplishing that do the job — the human beings who do the treatment and carrying.”
She gained a graduate degree in artwork history from the office of visual cultures at Goldsmiths, College of London. She will be the Kitchen’s to start with Black executive director, stated Griffin, her predecessor.
In a phone job interview, Griffin lauded Russell’s “macrocosmic being familiar with of the artwork discipline,” adding: “She results in visionary relationships amid artists.” And in an email, Thelma Golden, director of the Studio Museum, explained Russell as “a primary author, theorist and curator of her technology, vitally alert to the present second and fearless in her exploration of long run opportunities.”
Russell reported the Kitchen’s longevity testifies to the pressure of avant-garde art even in a city that has developed a lot more expensive and complicated for artists, and has been buffeted by the pandemic.
Her part, she mentioned, would be to have that momentum forward.
“I believe deeply about intersections — throughout Blackness, queerness, feminist histories — and the foreseeable future choices of having pitfalls,” Russell claimed, “and how art establishments can play a essential role in making that achievable, by providing artists the assistance to choose monumental threats.”