The Armory Show, New York’s long-running art fair, will have more than 240 galleries participating in its second edition at the sprawling Javits Center in September, and among all the trade offerings will be a landmark presentation by an organization downtown’s revered nonprofit. The kitchen. The experimental and multidisciplinary institution, which recently embarked on plans to renovate and expand its building in the middle of West Chelsea’s gallery district, will dedicate its free stand to a historic display of little-seen and seldom-heard materials. from its archives. .
“As The Kitchen prepares to begin renovating its Chelsea facility and moving its program to a new temporary location downtown, it is thinking deeply about how its archive can be returned to the public with new points of interest. ‘access for the public to engage,’ says Legacy Russell, the nonprofit’s chief executive and chief curator. “The Kitchen will bring elements from the three-dimensional archives, resurrecting recordings and ephemera, with a focus on The Kitchen’s beginnings in the 1970s (when it was founded) and 1980s (when we moved to the first time at Chelsea), revealing a story that, living and breathing, arcs to the present day, paving the way for the future we are building towards now.
The collaboration with The Kitchen marks a new chapter in the fair’s collaborations with New York’s vital non-commercial spaces. The Armory Show has a long-standing partnership with many of the city’s and surrounding region’s most prominent institutions through its Cultural Partners Program, which has been running for more than a decade and this year includes the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum, Magazzino Italian Art Center, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art and others. The Kitchen’s special booth presentation will mark the start of a program dubbed “Armory Spotlight” which will see a different non-profit organization fill a booth at the fair each year.
“Now that we’ve moved to the Javits Center, we have a unique opportunity to support these important partners by sharing physical space in a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of Manhattan,” said show executive director Nicole Berry. . “We hope that such visibility at the Armory Show can be leveraged for exposure, sustainability and growth.”
The upcoming renovation and expansion of The Kitchen is part of a five-year, $28 million investment project launched last September. This will help ensure the non-profit organization’s ability to continue to present a rich array of exhibitions, performances, symposia and other events that over the years have included everyone from Cindy Sherman and Bill T. Jones to the Beastie Boys and Simone Leigh.
“As someone who has long admired The Kitchen’s experimental and innovative program, I was thrilled when they decided to join this initiative in its first year,” Berry said. “As one of the oldest and richest institutions in the city, The Kitchen has an exceptional archive that will bring everyone who attends the fair to life.”
The 2022 edition of The Armory Show, which will also focus on Latin American art, will run from September 8-11.