Robyn Farrell has been named senior curator of New York nonprofit the Kitchen. Farrell, who will step into her new position on August 1, involves the group from the Artwork Institute of Chicago (AIC), the place she was an affiliate curator within the division of contemporary and modern artwork. She arrives to the Kitchen whereas its longtime Chelsea house is being renovated, and so will start her tenure at its non permanent residence of Westbeth, within the West Village. As senior curator, Farrell can be concerned in all features of the Kitchen’s programming.
“It’s fantastic to welcome Robyn Farrell to the Kitchen,” stated Legacy Russell, the group’s CEO and chief curator, in a press release. “Robyn shares in a dynamic dedication to the establishment’s expanded mission, values, and future-vision. In her dedication to avant-garde histories, time-based media, and interdisciplinary exhibition-making, she brings an thrilling and distinctive perspective to the sphere and we sit up for welcoming her as throughout the Kitchen’s neighborhood we advance to new heights.”
Farrell, an internationally acknowledged scholar on the work of German filmmaker and video artwork pioneer Gerry Schum, arrived to the AIC as a curatorial assistant in 2013, rising to develop into assistant curator in 2017 and affiliate curator in 2020. Whereas on the Chicago establishment, she labored on greater than forty exhibitions, together with “Kemang Wa Lehulere: In All My Wildest Desires,” the primary American institutional exhibition of labor by the Cape City native, and “Andy Warhol—From A to B and Again Once more,” which traveled from the Whitney Museum of American Artwork in New York. As nicely, she helped set up solo exhibitions of labor by Gretchen Bender, Moyra Davey, Cauleen Smith, Martyne Syms, and Hito Steyerl, amongst others, and labored on the AIC iterations of Barbara Kruger’s “THINKING OF YOU. I MEAN ME. I MEAN YOU.” and “Gregg Bordowitz: I Wanna Be Properly.”
“I’m thrilled to hitch the Kitchen at this distinct second within the establishment’s historical past,” stated Farrell in a press release, noting that the group’s “unparalleled legacy and embrace of artist-driven media, course of, and dialogue, aligns with my very own dedication to interdisciplinary partnerships that bridge discourse and show, and traverse notions of time and place. I sit up for advancing the Kitchen’s groundbreaking program and important mission that helps pressing modern voices, risk-taking experimentation, and impactful and inclusive exhibitions, dwell occasions, and publications.”