In the Kitchen with David Byrne

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Published May 28, 2010

The Kitchen’s annual spring gala, which took place last week, reaffirmed that the 30-year-old gallery-cum-performance-venue is still very much en vogue. The party, which honored musician and bicycle enthusiast David Byrne–a vision in alabaster at the event–was set against the backdrop of an old Baroque bank at the downtown venue Capitale and included a sit-down dinner, along with performances by the Dirty Projectors, Doveman, Nico Muhly, and St. Vincent, who recently contributed to Byrne’s Imelda Marcos tribute album, Here Lies Love. Other guests included Josh Hartnett, Richard Chai, and Rogan’s Rogan Gregory and Scott Mackinlay Hahn. The Kitchen, an experimental art space founded in 1971 by Woody and Steina Vasulka, has managed to maintain an honored place in the cultural life of New York City over the past three decades by straddling the line between the old and new schools of the city’s creative set, as demonstrated by the aforementioned entertainment, along with the afterparty at new hotspot The Smile, which included DJ sets by actor and artist Leo Fitzpatrick (best known as “Telly” from the 90’s-era film Kids) and New York’s most sought after tattoo-artist, Scott Campbell.