The Kitchen Spring Gala After-Party is my favorite event of the year by far!
This year I'm happy to get to co-host with my bestie and business partner at Seagull Salon Johanna Fateman alongside BCALLA, Lady Bunny, Eckhaus Latta, Pati Hertling, Ryan McNamara, No Bra, Ellie Rines, Jacolby Satterwhite, Thor Shannon, SSION, Emily Sunblad, and Stewart Uoo.
This year The Kitchen is honoring pioneer video artists Dara Birnbaum and Charles Atlas.
Dara Birnbaum is best known for her iconic video Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman, which she made using pirated footage of the wildly popular 1970’s television show of the same name starring Linda Carter.
Aside from showing Wonder Woman at art venues and clubs all over, we at Seagull Salon are obsessed with the 1980 pop-up installation of Wonder Woman at the storefront windows of an old SoHo hair salon called H-Hair Salon de Coiffure, Inc. Birnbaum’s Wonder Woman replaced the only VHS tape the salon owned at the time, an Italian version of Woodstock that had been on loop until Birnbaum approached the statuesque Linda Carter look-alike salon owner and asked if she could play Wonder Woman instead---to which the salon owner happily obliged.
Dara Birnbaum: Please, can you show my tape in your window, especially on the weekends?
H-Hair: What is your tape about?
DB: Wonder Woman
HH: Oh, I love Wonder Woman. I’ve been told I look like her.
DB: (She did)
Charles Atlas has been a favorite of mine for a long time, but I was re-introduced to a lot of his work by Johanna, who worked on his eponymously titled retrospective artist book. My favorite work of Atlas' is the 1984 film Hail The New Puritan, a collaboration with choreographer Michael Clark and Leigh Bowery with music by The Fall.
And, of course, one of the most beautiful things that ever happened at all in the world: the Time Square Arts' Midnight Moment event, Charles Atlas & Antony "You Are My Sister (TURNING)" (December 2014)
The Kitchen Gala after-party is super fun! I've gone for the last nine years and am happy to be included on a list of luminaries. Good DJ's, open bars, cute snacks and gorgeous people. It's always a great time. PLUS they always have the awesome photo booth by Bosco, which is where I'll be all night snapping up the universe's best selfies.
Hope to see you there!