A key element of “Julius Eastman: That Which is Fundamental” is an exhibition in two interwoven parts. “A Recollection.” approaches a historical exploration and remembrance of Julius Eastman as a master of artifice and features original and rarely seen archival material related to the composer's evolving practice, while “Predicated.” features 14 contemporary artists whose work—steeped in notions of absence, trace presence, duration, and the politics of exhaustion—both illuminates and is illuminated by Eastman's legacy. Curated by Tiona Nekkia McClodden and organized by Katy Dammers and Matthew Lyons of The Kitchen.

Julius Eastman the trickster. Julius Eastman the brother. Julius Eastman the son.
Julius Eastman the composer. Julius Eastman the provocateur. Julius Eastman the pianist.
Julius Eastman the painter. Julius Eastman the dancer. Julius Eastman the vocalist.
Julius Eastman the one who got away.


Did Julius want us to have a hold on his life, or did he want the residue of his life and work to remain as cunning as he was?

“A Recollection.” approaches a historical exploration and remembrance of Julius Eastman as a master of artifice. The audio, artifacts, and ephemera in this exhibition examine the music, literature, and choreography of Eastman’s life through the people who knew him best. The archive of Eastman that emerges after his death is fractured—partially by his own hand. Julius Eastman concentrated on the present, with little regard to the past and especially not the future during his life and often treated his work as ephemeral. The artifacts of his life remain spread among friends, family, lovers, resisting traditional forms of centralization under the roof of a single institution. Using this shape-shifting as a conceptual framework, "A Recollection." maps archival matter as a way of inviting viewers to discover new pieces and forge relationships between ephemera held by different informal archivists. "A Recollection." leans into the breaks and rests there for a moment, considering what is present and said, as well as absent and unsaid. Celebrating Eastman, a master of artifice engaged in a range of improvisation gestures, "A Recollection." explores truth, fact, and the liminal and is ultimately an invitation to look at remains and imagine what remains to be seen.

“Predicated.”—an exhibition in conversation with the work of Julius Eastman—explores notions of absence, trace presence, duration, and the politics of exhaustion. The exhibition examines the interplay between composition and improvisation through video, sculpture, and photography. Featuring the work of fourteen contemporary artists, "Predicated." considers Eastman’s lived experience as an experimental artist during his time as a member of the Creative Associates, during his time living in New York’s Lower East Side and his many performances at The Kitchen. Mapping the relationships between Eastman's practice and the present workings of fourteen contemporary artists, this interdependent installation space articulates narratives about both art objects, and the methods of their production. These works examine absence as a foundational concept highlighting the unavailable body, the missing trace, improvisation, and the evasion of presence within the distanced narrative. Artists presenting work in this exhibition include: 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.

January 19–February 10
Exhibition Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 11am–6pm

Opening Reception: January 19, 6–8pm

ARTIST ACTIVATIONS + CURATOR TALK

Chloë Bass
January 26, 2018
7pm

Kameelah Janan Rasheed
February 1, 2018
7pm

Raúl Romero
February 9, 2018
7pm

Gallery Walk Through with Curator Tiona Nekkia McClodden
February 10, 2018
3pm

The exhibition is part of “Julius Eastman: That Which is Fundamental,”curated by Tiona Nekkia McClodden and Dustin Hurt, organized by The Kitchen with the Eastman Estate and Bowerbird.

photo: James Mandella

Raul Romero

Untitles, tape loop in D, 2017

Analog tape, found speakers, multi-track reel to reel tape recording machine, audio cables, and audio amps


photo: Naima Green

photo: James Mandella

Chloe Bass

A Glossary of Proximity Verbs (The Book of Everyday Instructions, Chapter Four: It's amazing we don't have more fights; 

Appendix A: Personal), 2016

photo: Naima Green

Wayson Jones

Changing Mind, 2013

Dimensions: 48 x 60”


photo: James Mandella

photo: James Mandella

Courtney Bryan

9 Graphic Score Slides

Shedding Skin for Orchestra composition score, 2013

Audio: Shedding Skin for symphonic orchestra, a reading by American Composers Orchestra, Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute, Miller Theatre, New York, NY, 2013.


photo: Naima Green

photo: James Mandella

photo: James Mandella

James Maurelle

Ouidaheja, 2015

Sculpture

52 x 41 x 10”


photo: James Mandella

Ash Arder

And we danced, 2016

Mixed media

Dimensions: 36 x 76”


photo: Naima Green

Sondra Perry

Double Quadruple Etcetera Etcetera I & II, 2013

2 channel video installation, loop, color, silent;

Performed by Danny Giles & Joiri Minaya

TRT: 09:00


photo: James Mandella 

photo: James Mandella 

Jonathan Gardenhire

Untitled (A Mighty Fortress is Our God/Imperfect Man) , 2017

Variable


photo: James Mandella 

Carolyn Lazard

Score for Convalescing 1, 2, and 3, 2017 


photo: James Mandella

photo: James Mandella 

Yulan Grant

DIS/PLACE, 2016

SD Video

Dimensions Variable


photo: Naima Green

photo: James Mandella 

Texas Isaiah

My Grandson’s Stretch, 2016

20 x 30 Digital C - Print


photo: James Mandella 

Kameelah Janan Rasheed

Unto Itself (Activation III), 2017

Inkjet prints, vinyl, acetate, xeroxes, acrylic


photo: Naima Green

shawne' michaelain holloway

THE CHAMBER SERIES (1st - movement_4/4).form, 2017

Ink on carbonless copy paper


THE CHAMBER SERIES (2nd - movement_2/2).form, 2017

Ink on carbonless copy paper


photo: Naima Green

photo: James Mandella 

photo: James Mandella 

photo: James Mandella 

photo: James Mandella 

Beau Rhee

Diptych #1

Body-space diagram (central axes & initiation points)

2016

India ink on archival paper

Dimensions: 8.5”x11”

Shape transmission

Credits: photograph by Shanita Sims, ceramics by Romy Northover

2016

Photograph, Digital print

5”x7”

Diptych #2

Body-space diagram (weight)

2017

India ink on archival paper

9”x12”

Body-space diagram (proportion/measurement)

2016

India ink on archival paper

8.5”x11”


photo: Naima Green

photo: James Mandella 

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