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The Kitchen Honors ANOHNI, ‘LOVE,’ & Robert Gober

Cultured Magazine

05.20.2019

 
Kitchen Benefit
Lizzi Bougatsos of Gang Gang Dance. Photo © Stephanie Berger
 

Last weekend, in an evening of wild and dreamy performances, The Kitchen’s Spring 2019 Gala honored both multidisciplinary artist ANOHNI and the sculptor Robert Gober. Gober became part of the venue’s early history when he first performed at The Kitchen in 1980, alongside the choreographer Johanna Boyce in her piece “Out of the Ordinary.”

The work of multidisciplinary magician ANOHNI—as a visual artist, a musician (you may remember her early performances under the name “Antony and the Johnsons”), as a kind of lyrical poet—has always felt both otherworldly and deeply emblematic of life on this strange planet. The Gala followed the close of her expansive exhibition LOVE—the show, on view at The Kitchen through May 11, featured sculpture, drawing, painting, and archival video recalling Antony and the Johnsons’ late member Julia Yasuda, who ANOHNI once described as “the sacred heart at the center of my life and work.”

The evening began with cocktails, photo-ops with photographer Alice O’Malley, and a dinner designed by Vinegar Hill House’s Jean Adamson. Performances by Gang Gang Dance, Nomi Ruiz, Bryce Dessner and Aaron Dessner of The National, Mina Tindle, and This is the Kit kept things moving just before the event’s after-party, which itself had a sweet list of hosts—Red Bull Arts, Meriem Bennani, Eliza Callahan, Kevin Beasley, Eliza Douglas, beck haberstroh, Eliza Ryan and Eliza Soros—guests like Donald Glover, and DJ sets by Le1f and Total Freedom. See below for images from the warm, vibrant night.

 
Johanna Constantine, ANOHNI and Kembra Pfahler. Photo © Stephanie Berger
Johanna Constantine, ANOHNI and Kembra Pfahler. Photo © Stephanie Berger
Donald Moffett and Robert Gober. Photo © Stephanie Berger
Donald Moffett and Robert Gober. Photo © Stephanie Berger
Tracey Ryans and Ralph Lemon. Photo © Stephanie Berger
Tracey Ryans and Ralph Lemon. Photo © Stephanie Berger
Molly Davies and Laurie Anderson. Photo © Stephanie Berger
Molly Davies and Laurie Anderson. Photo © Stephanie Berger
Tim Griffin, Sarah Michelson and Charlemagne Palestine. Photo © Susan Stava
Tim Griffin, Sarah Michelson and Charlemagne Palestine. Photo © Susan Stava
Wade Guyton and Cindy Sherman. Photo © Susan Stava
Wade Guyton and Cindy Sherman. Photo © Susan Stava
The Kitchen's 2019 Spring Gala Benefit. Photo © Stephanie Berger
The Kitchen's 2019 Spring Gala Benefit. Photo © Stephanie Berger
Bryce Dessner, This Is The Kit and Minda Tindle, and Aaron Dessner in performance. Photo © Stephanie Berger
Bryce Dessner, This Is The Kit and Minda Tindle, and Aaron Dessner in performance. Photo © Stephanie Berger
Nomi Ruiz. Photo © Stephanie Berger
Nomi Ruiz. Photo © Stephanie Berger
Monica Phromsavanh and Douglas Hand. Photo © Drew Reynolds
Monica Phromsavanh and Douglas Hand. Photo © Drew Reynolds
Bryce Dessner and Melissa Schiff Soros. Photo © Stephanie Berger
Bryce Dessner and Melissa Schiff Soros. Photo © Stephanie Berger
LE1F. Photo © Drew Reynolds
LE1F. Photo © Drew Reynolds