Maintenance Required at The Kitchen

Maintenance Required
Curated by Nina Horisaki-Christens, Andrea Neustein,
Victoria Rogers, and Jason Waite
2012-13 Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellows

May 30–June 22, 2013
The Kitchen, 512 W 19th Street
Opening Reception
Thursday, May 30
5–8 pm

Exhibition hours are Tuesday–Friday, 12–6 pm; Saturday 11–6 pm.
Admission is free.

The exhibition features works by Michael Bramwell, Goldin+Senneby, Ashley Hunt, Masaru Iwai, Yve Laris Cohen, Sam Lewitt, Park McArthur, Salvage Art Institute, Karin Sander, Taryn Simon, Pilvi Takala, and Mierle Laderman Ukeles.

Maintenance is crucial for the continuation of our physical infrastructure, our society, and our lives. The often repetitive and mundane work of maintenance sustains people, objects, and institutions, and supports our constant struggle against entropy and decay. Ubiquitous but unseen and undervalued, maintenance comprises the essential systems of support such as healthcare, trash collection and disposal, data exchange and storage, financial infrastructures, and domestic cleaning. These vital systems and activities clear the ground for all other forms of work.

Investigating the diversity of maintenance tasks, Maintenance Required examines the large-scale systems that construct our daily lives. Durational by nature, maintenance networks provide life-perpetuating mechanisms of care; yet these systems can also invisibly direct or limit life’s possibilities, or even become malevolent systems of control. By overcoming our collective blindness toward maintenance activities, we can begin to examine how they condition our lives. Bringing maintenance into view exposes a constantly shifting set of social, political, and affective relations and invites questions about what needs to be maintained and under what conditions that maintenance occurs.

The exhibition takes as its entry point to these issues Mierle Laderman Ukeles’s “Manifesto for Maintenance Art 1969!", in which the artist redefines maintenance activities as art. Maintenance Required then focuses on artistic practices that frame and critically engage these often invisible systems of life support. Many of these practices articulate the paradoxical tensions of large-scale systems of maintenance whose power to sustain life may run parallel to the power to constrain it.

Public Programs
Integral to the exhibition, performances will be occurring throughout the duration of the show in both the gallery, as well as off-stage and storage spaces usually reserved for maintenance work at The Kitchen and at Regus Offices on Wall Street.
All events are free and open to the public; seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please check for updated times and details.

Washing Stage
Masaru Iwai
Thursday, May 30
5 pm
The Kitchen
512 West 19th Street
Tokyo-based artist Masaru Iwai focuses on the aesthetic materiality of cleaning with a particular emphasis on ritualistic, bodily relationships to maintenance. Iwai's new performance for this exhibition abstracts the act of washing, thus staging its aesthetic potentials. The action transforms the pristine minimal structure of the stage into a palimpsestic surface for the material components of domestic maintenance.

Yve Laris Cohen
Saturday, June 1 and Thursday, June 20
8 pm
The Kitchen
512 West 19th Street
In a new site-specific performance, Yve Laris Cohen meditates on unused and unseen spaces of The Kitchen, responding to the history of the institution, the neighborhood, and the medium of performance. Exploring duration, perception, and the limits of human movement, Laris Cohen considers how maintenance, as well as the lack thereof, reveals our predilections and desires. Space for this event is extremely limited. Reservations required; please register by emailing

Headless at Regus
Tuesday, June 4
3:30 pm
Regus Offices
14 Wall Street, 20th Floor
A performance and video screening of the documentary Looking for Headless (2010) by filmmakers Kate Cooper and Richard John Jones will take place at Regus Offices, a firm that provides temporary meeting room and office rental. The film, commissioned by artists Goldin+Senneby, attempts to track down the offshore company Headless Ltd. through interviews with academics, private investigators, fictionalized characters, and company representatives. As the search proceeds, a complex web of obfuscation similar to the layers of bureaucracy that shroud the opaque world of international finance and its instruments is mapped. Space for this event is extremely limited. Reservations required; please register at

Ashley Hunt
Tuesday, June 18
6 pm
The Kitchen
512 West 19th Street
In his ongoing interdisciplinary series The Corrections Documentary Project, artist and filmmaker Ashley Hunt investigates the institution of the prison: how it structures and perpetuates racial and economic divisions within society. In Corrections (2001), Hunt uncovers an elaborate system of political and financial incentives that lie behind the growth of the American prison system, and incarceration emerges as a means of maintaining the status quo rather than promoting social change. At times darkly humorous and devastatingly pointed, the film reminds us of ulterior motives that can influence the legal system where order can take precedence over justice.

Künstlerhaus Stuttgart / Projektraum Lotte / Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart

Apparatus Criticus & Locus

On Dithering: Motives of Suspension, Suture, and Digression
May 25–August 4, 2013

Opening: Friday, May 24, 2013

Künstlerhaus Stuttgart6pm 
Reuchlinstraße 4B, 70178 Stuttgart

Württembergischer Kunstverein7pm 
Schlossplatz 2, 70173 Stuttgart

Projektraum Lotte8pm 
Willy-Brandt-Straße 18, 70173 Stuttgart

Apparatus Criticus & Locus
Künstlerhaus Stuttgart

Apparatus Criticus 
Artists: Aaron Angell, Ziad Antar, Andy Kania, Bouchra Khalili, Shirin Sabahi, Pilvi Takala, Rinus Van de Velde
Curator: Adnan Yıldız 

Artists: Khaled Barakeh, Ünsal İçöz, Filippa Pettersson, Frederike Vidal & Judith Groth
Curator: Didem Yazıcı

Footnotes with Apparatus Criticus & Locus artists and participation by Input/Output İzmir (Turkey) based artist collective.
Lotte Land of The Temporary Eternity

On Dithering: Motives of Suspension, Suture, and DigressionWürttembergischer Kunstverein StuttgartArtists: Bani Abidi, Pilar Albarracín, ARTIC—Texte aus der fröhlichen Wissenschaft, Robert Barry, Rolf Dieter Brinkmann, Mircae Cantor, Carlfriedrich Claus, Sigmund Freud, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, Herbordt/Mohren, Runa Islam, Anna K. E., Gerald Van Der Kaap, Mobile Academy (Hannah Hurtzig, Karin Harrasser, Chris Kondek)  / Joseph Vogl, Christian Morgenstern, Anna Oppermann, Dan Perjovschi, Lia Perjovschi, Andreas Schulze, Stefanie Seibold, Jan-Peter E. R. Sonntag, Jean-Marie Straub / Danièle Huillet
Curators: Iris Dressler, Hans D. Christ

Of Love, Pain, and Passioned Revolt at ZERO...

Of Love, Pain, and Passioned Revolt.
(Then Farewell, My Beloved, 'til It's Freedom Day)

27.05.2013, 7PM
Until 26-07-2013

at ZERO...
via Tadino 20

Edgardo Aragón
Micol Assaël
Lucas Blalock
Eloise Hawser
Michael E. Smith
Pilvi Takala

Invited by Alice Conconi and Antonio Scoccimarro

Aspect Magazine, A Good Place to Stop

Including Real Snow White with commentary By Theodor Ringborg!

After ten years and hundreds of published works, ASPECT has decided to cease publication. Good gamblers and good artists both possess the same important skill: knowing when to walk away. The ending may be artificial, such as a time limit, or it could be external, as in the case of an authority figure, but the time comes when we must put our pencils down. We may never be done, but we can find “A good place to stop.”


Jonathan Gitelson
The Quitter
with commentary by Dina Deitsch

Chris Milk and Aaron Koblin
The Johnny Cash Project
with commentary by Ute Meta Bauer

Larson & Shindelman
Shift Change
with commentary by Rachel Somerstein

Carolyn Shadid Lewis
From Twilight 'til Dawn
with commentary by Mary Anderson

Bogdan Perzynski
Dead End
with commentary by Martin Patrick

Alicia Eggert and Alexander Reben
Pulse Machine
with commentary by Daniel Fuller

Pilvi Takala
Real Snow White
with commentary by Theodor Ringborg

Kayo Nakamura and JR Uretsky
No Junk
with commentary by John Bell