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“An Exhibition in your mouth,” A Project by Ben Kinmont November 15, 2011

October 24, 2011
N-79, 2011-2012

Kinmont will (Re)activate His Successful Gustatory Group Show of Artist Recipes at ISA, with Chef Ignacio Mattos, in Brooklyn     

“An Exhibition in your mouth,” presented as part of Performa ’11 (taking place between 1-21 November, 2011) and curated by Kunstverein NY, will take place at ISA, with chef Ignacio Mattos, 348 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (at the corner of South 2nd Street).  Reservations are required, and space is limited.  Tickets are $65.00 per person, which covers food, a copy of the menu, and gratuity but not wine.  For reservations please contact ISA at: 1-347-689-3594

Kinmont’s “An Exhibition in your mouth, is a six course menu of ten recipes ranging from a Futurist dish to cheeses based on Sol Lewitt’s Forms Derived from a Cube. The meal will be served at ISA with chef Ignacio Mattos, and the menu includes Aerofood by Luigi Colombo Fillìa (1931), a cucumber salad by Louise Bourgeois (1977), a steak tartare by Marcel Duchamp (1961), Basque Bass from Gordon Matta-Clark’s restaurant Food (1971), Clouds by Geoff Hendricks (1969), and Specific Cheeses by Nicolas Boulard (2009), to cite just a few dishes from the ten course meal. In addition, two recipes from the first monograph on ice cream -- Emy’s L’Art de Bien Faire les Glaces d’Office, Paris (1768) -- will be served.

For the cost of the ticket, each person will be served eight different artist recipes, served over six courses, and a special menu that accompanies the project, printed by the Antinomian Press.

“An Exhibition in your mouth” was originally organized by Kinmont for the FRAC in Montpellier in 2002 and then again more recently for the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam as part of Kinmont’s Prospectus: Amsterdam exhibition which took place at Kunstverein Amsterdam this past Spring. In 2009 Kinmont organized another project entitled On Becoming Something Else with the Centre Pompidou in several restaurants across Paris including Le Chateaubriand (chef Inaki Aizpitarte), L’Arpège (chef Alain Passard), Le Baratin (chef Raquel Caréna), and Le Comptoir du Relais (chef Yves Camdeborde).

“An Exhibition in your mouth" is organized by Kunstverein NY for Performa 11, in conjunction with the exhibition Prospectus: New York taking place at the Fales Library, New York. Special thanks to the restaurant ISA and chef Ignacio Mattos and Taavo Somer for their involvement in the project. An Exhibition in your mouth is made possible in part by the Richard J. Massey Foundation for Arts and Sciences.

Kinmont’s Ongoing Exhibition at the NYU Fales Library:

Prospectus: New York, a presentation of the work of American project artist Ben Kinmont at New York University’s Fales Library and Special Collections, Bobst Library, 3rd Floor, 70 Washington Square South, (at LaGuardia Place).  The exhibition runs through November 15, 2011. Gallery hours: Monday to Friday, 10:00am - 5:45pm [Subways A,C,E, B,D,M to West 4th Street; 6 line to Astor Place; R train to 8th Street.]. 

Prospectus is a traveling survey show initiated by Kunstverein Amsterdam, a ‘curatorial office’ founded by Krist Gruijthuijsen and Maxine Kopsa in September 2009, in which a selection of Kinmont’s works from the past twenty-two years are exhibited and (re)activated. Prior to arriving in NYC, Prospectus was first presented in Amsterdam at Kunstverein, then in Paris at the Kadist Art Foundation.  After NYC, in the spring of 2012, Prospectus will travel to Kadist San Francisco, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the MAXII in Rome. 

About Kinmont and Prospectus

Ben Kinmont is an artist, publisher, and antiquarian bookseller living in Sebastopol, California. His work is concerned with the value structures surrounding an art practice and what happens when that practice is displaced into a non-art space. Since 1988 his work has been project-based with an interest in archiving and blurring the boundaries between artistic production, publishing, and curatorial practices.

The book "Prospectus 1988–2010" is a collection of Kinmont's project descriptions, written over a 22-year period. The projects occur in places as varied as his own home, out on the street, in stranger's homes, and in various exhibitions such as Documenta XI.

This book replaces the sold-out eponymous title from 1997. It is printed with lead type on acid-free paper and Smythe-sewn; the color illustrations are printed with polymer plates. The current monograph is sponsored by the Kunstverein Amsterdam + New York, the Kadist Art Foundation, Air de Paris, and the Fales Library at New York University.

Published with Antinomian Press.

About Kunstverein (NY)

Kunstverein (NY) seeks to experiment with, deconstruct, reconstruct, reduce, or expand, existing exhibition formats and contexts. Creating a vital community atmosphere that reinvents individual roles within the art world, Kunstverein is dedicated to fostering new strategies of display and representation.

About Fales Library and Special Collections:

The Fales Library, comprising nearly 200,000 volumes, and over 8,000 linear feet of archive and manuscript materials, houses the Fales Collection of rare books and manuscripts in English and American literature, the Downtown Collection, the Food and Cookery Collection and the general Special Collections of the NYU Libraries. The Fales Collection was given to NYU in 1957 by DeCoursey Fales in memory of his father, Haliburton Fales. It is especially strong in English literature from the middle of the 18th century to the present, documenting developments in the novel. The Downtown Collection documents the downtown New York art, performance, and literary scenes from 1975 to the present and is extremely rich in archival holdings, including extensive film and video objects. The Food and Cookery Collection is a vast, and rapidly expanding collection of books and manuscripts documenting food and foodways with particular emphasis on New York City. Other strengths of the collection include the Berol Collection of Lewis Carroll Materials, the Robert Frost Library, the Kaplan and Rosenthal Collections of Judaica and Hebraica and the manuscript collections of Elizabeth Robins and Erich Maria Remarque. The Fales Library preserves manuscripts and original editions of books that are rare or important not only because of their texts, but also because of their value as artifacts.

This Press Release is in the following Topics:
Division of Libraries, Fales

Type: Press Release

Press Contact: Christopher James | (212) 998-6876

“An Exhibition in your mouth,” A Project by Ben Kinmont November 15, 2011

Exhibition in your mouth, Montpeller Frac, Basque Bass by Matta-Clark and collaborators at Food, 2002

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