Form supplants function at The Kitchen’s Alan Ruiz: Container and Contained

Standing before the entrance to The Kitchen’s ground floor space on 19th Street in Chelsea, the presence of the advertised exhibition, Container and Contained, is uncertain. The doors to the lobby and theater beyond it are propped open, and one can see all the way through to the far wall of the performance space, where four large air purifiers produce a resonant hum as their fans blow clean air in the direction of the steel structures installed in the center of the space. Cutting diagonally across the room, the steel armatures resemble the skeletal framing of a residential or office building; titled WS-C-62A and WS-C-62B (2021), the angled positioning of

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