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Kitchen Lab: An Unveiling

With Open Field Artists-in-Residence Carl and Betsy DiSalvo, Picnic Operetta Table Grace

Part of Kitchen Lab: A Mobile Hearth for Collectivist Action

Find out what the members of the Kitchen Lab Collective—Susy Bielak, Anna Bierbrauer, Carl and Betsy DiSalvo, Erin Garnaas-Holmes, Rebecca Krinke, Derek Schilling, Sarah Schultz, Emily Stover, and their students—have been up to during their residency on Walker Open Field. At this unveiling of the Kitchen Lab, the public is invited to investigate the modular kitchen prototypes this team has created in their quest to find out what a kitchen is, and can be. Come talk to the creators and other interested folks about the functional and metaphorical limitations of this thing we all know and love called the kitchen.

Join us to play, interact with and observe these modular kitchen units, and starting at 8 pm, you can also experience Picnic Operetta Table Grace as part of Acoustic Campfire! Sing along with the cast of Mixed Precipitation’s 2012 community garden opera to songs that praise gastronomy, including music by local composer Abbie Betinis. Bring a song or snack to share. Special guests include the SeVy Gospel Quartet (pronounced say-v) and their family blend of tasty harmonies.

Of course, the D’Amico Garden Grill will be open to satisfy your hunger for food once your curiosity surrounding Kitchen Lab and Picnic Operetta has been quenched!


Kitchen Lab is presented in partnership with the University of Minnesota’s Landscape Architecture/College of Design and the Institute for Advanced Studies. The artists’ research for Kitchen lab is supported in part by Intel.

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Major support for Open Field is generously provided by the Margaret and Angus Wurtele Family Foundation.

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