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Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen
Juliet Kinchin and Aidan O'Connor

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The exhibition Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen explores the twentieth-century transformation of the kitchen as a bridgehead of modern thinking in the domestic sphere—a testing ground for new materials, technologies, and power sources, where designers could also exercise growing modern concerns for hygiene, efficiency, and the rational organization of space. This special dinner features live music, performance art, a napkin-folding workshop, and background on the exhibition, as well as a typical meal served in Germany at the time of the Frankfurt Kitchen (designed 1926–27), a Counter Space highlight. Participants are invited to submit a recipe for a dessert competition, and the winner will have the opportunity to prepare the dessert with Cafe 2's chef in advance of the event. With Juliet Kinchin, Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, MoMA; Robert Rotifer, musician; Tracy Wilson, General Manager, Art Food Cafés, The Museum of Modern Art; Executive Chef Lynn Bound of the Art Food Cafés; and performance artist Nicolas Dumit Estevez.

Note: guests should enter through the Lauder/Film Desk entrance at 11 West 53rd street, east of the main entrance.

The public is invited to submit a recipe for a dessert competition, and the winner will have the opportunity to prepare the dessert with Executive Chef Lynn Bound of the Art Food Cafés in advance of the event. Recipes must:

1. be of any period prior to 1950
2. be of German origin
3. be accompanied by a brief description of its historical/culinary context
4. have a minimum of steps so that it can be produced and executed on the day of the event and served at the dinner
5. be submitted no later than Friday, October 15, at 5:00 p.m. to adultprograms@moma.org

The winner will be notified by Friday, October 22 and will be required to assist the chef with preparation on the afternoon of October 28, prior to the event. The winner will be able to attend the dinner even if s/he does not have a ticket at the time of recipe submission.

Judges include:
Lynn Bound, Executive Chef, Art Food Cafes
Cathy Kaufmann, Culinary Historians of New York
Juliet Kinchin, Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art, and organizer of the Counter Space exhibition
Cristina Nastasi, Pastry Sous Chef, Art Food Cafes

In conjunction with the exhibition Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen

Tickets ($50; $35 members; $25 students, seniors, and staff of other museums) can be purchased online or at the lobby information desk and the film desk.