Julius Eastman: That Which is Fundamental at The Kitchen

19 Jan - 10 Feb 2018
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011


Julius Eastman composing. Photo by Donald Burkhardt. Courtesy of Bowerbird.


Julius Eastman in Buffalo. Photographer unknown. Courtesy of Bowerbird.

Bowerbird’s Center-funded project, Julius Eastman: That Which is Fundamental will travel to The Kitchen in New York. This project explores the life, work, and resurgent influence of Julius Eastman, an African-American composer who was well-known internationally in 1970s and 80s. Eastman died at the age of 49, leaving an incomplete but compelling collection of scores and recordings. The Kitchen will present a performance series and a two-part exhibition. Please see the full program below:

A Recollection. Predicated.
On view January 19–February 10, 2018; Opening reception: January 19, 6–8 p.m.

This exhibition features two interwoven parts, curated by Pew Fellow Tiona McClodden (2016) with Katy Dammers and Matthew Lyons of The Kitchen. A Recollection. presents 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. Included are 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.


Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste 
January 19, 8 p.m.; January 20, 12 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 3 p.m., 6:30 p.m. $5
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, 8 p.m. $25/$20
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, 8 p.m. $25/$20
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, 8 p.m. $25/$20
This concert, held at The Knockdown Center, will feature three works by 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, 8 p.m. $25/$20
This evening will shed new light on Eastman’s deep and abiding work in dance with a screening of a never-before-seen video and archival material detailing Eastman’s work as a choreographer and his collaborations with artists including Andy de Groat. Molissa Fenley will present a reconstruction of her work Geologic Moments, created in collaboration with Eastman in 1986.

Julius Eastman: Macle, Trumpet, Joan d'Arc
February 3, 8 p.m. $25/$20

Vocal ensemble Ekmeles will perform Macle, TILT Brass will present the modern premiere of Eastman's recovered work Trumpet, and American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) will perform Eastman's powerful work for 10 cellos The Holy Presence of Joan D'Arc, accompanied by its introspective companion vocal piece Prelude to The Holy Presence of Joan D'Arc performed by soloist Julian Terrell Otis.