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Getty gets archives of the Kitchen, a leading NYC arts incubator
Getty gets archives of the Kitchen, a leading NYC arts incubator

“Hey, babe, take a walk on the wild side” has served as a pithy invitation to explore Manhattan’s avant-garde arts scene since 1972, when Lou Reed had a hit record intoning the refrain. But "take a tram ride up a Los Angeles hillside" seems increasingly like the most useful advice for scholars and curators interested in delving deeply into the history of the New York arts underground. The Getty Research Institute announced Thursday that it is absorbing yet another chunk of New York City's experimental-arts patrimony: a huge archive documenting the first three decades of work created at the Kitchen, a space in lower Manhattan that since 1971 has been a...

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