Common Ground#883

The Kitchen

Featuring Robyn Farrell, Alison Burstein, and Charlotte Kent, with Kai Ihns


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

The Kitchen’s Senior Curator Robyn Farrell and Curator Alison Burstein join Rail Editor-at-Large Charlotte Kent for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Kai Ihns.

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Robyn Farrell

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Robyn Farrell is the newly appointed Senior Curator at The Kitchen where she will be responsible for expanding the institution’s program as the organization reimagines itself to best serve the next generation of the avant-garde. She has contributed to monographs and international publications on subjects ranging from conceptual art and the moving image to artist networks, and emerging disciplines of time-based media. Farrell was previously Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she worked on numerous exhibitions, publications, and programs with artists Barbara Kruger, Gregg Bordowitz, Rodney McMillian, Christine Sun Kim, and Maren Hassinger, among others.

Alison Burstein

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Alison Burstein is a Curator at The Kitchen, where she organizes exhibitions, performances, artist residencies, archival research initiatives, and digital programming. She previously served as Program Director at Recess and as a member of the education departments at MoMA, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Brooklyn Museum. She has curated exhibitions and programs at institutions including Tenthaus (Oslo), The Luminary (St. Louis), Knockdown Center (Queens), Museum of Jurassic Technology (Los Angeles), and NURTUREart (Brooklyn). Her writing has appeared in artist monographs and publications including Tate Etc. She holds a MA in Art History from Columbia University and BA from Wesleyan University.

Charlotte Kent

Charlotte Kent
Associate professor of visual culture at Montclair State University Charlotte Kent, PhD, has a particular interest in historical frameworks for art practices, with a research focus on contemporary digital culture and the absurd. She writes for assorted magazines and various academic journals. She is an Editor-at-Large for the Brooklyn Rail.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Kai Ihns reading.

Kai Ihns

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Kai, (short for Kirsten Alexandra Ihns) recently finished her PhD at UChicago, where she studied a form of attentional prosody she calls “aspect choreography” in contemporary experimental poetry and film. She makes short films, and is the author of one full length poetry collection, sundaey (Propeller Books, 2020), and a number of pamphlets, most recently with the Earthbound Poetry Series, slub press, and The Creative Writing Department. She lives and works in Chicago.

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