Kitchen Debate at Rawson Projects and Regina Rex

Artists: Alejandro Almanza Pereda, Javier Barrios, Livia Corona Benjamin, Ana Bidart, Edgar Cobián,
Debora Delmar, Cynthia Gutiérrez, Valentina Jager, Iván Krassoievitch, Enrique Lanz,
Javier M. Rodríguez, Edgar Orlaineta, Chantal Peñalosa, Gabriel Rico, Marco Rountree, and Eduardo Sarabia
We are pleased to announce our collaboration for the Kitchen Debate.
The exhibition takes its name from the infamous series of conversations between Richard
Nixon and Nikita Khrushchev during the American National Exhibition in Moscow in 1959. The
conversation started in the kitchen of a suburban model house that, allegedly, anyone in
America could afford. As it developed into a brandish demonstration of domestic technology,
the event was a watershed for consumerism culture in America, appealing to the increase of
purchasing power of the average family, and the beginning of modern credit.
The trail of these ideas spread to Mexico as an aspirational way of living for middle class
families, as it is portrayed in magazines, advertisement, and TV. Both the conversation and its
aftermath are revisited almost sixty years later through the work of 16 Mexican artists. From a
post-NAFTA conjuncture, from a society that has become suspicious of the “American way”,
this Kitchen Debate considers post-war design, social housing crises, states of emergency,
millennial dynamics, and access and distribution of goods.
Start Date

November 2, 2017

End Date

December 10, 2017


12:00 PM - 06:00 PM


Regina Rex, 221 Madison St., New York, NY

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