In December 2002 I created this installation at Rutgers University within
the workroom of the Mason Gross Gallery. I transformed a neglected room
within the gallery ‚ outfitted with a sink and refrigerator, but otherwise
a thoroughly un-homey space ‚ into a vibrant and comfortable social space.
For two weeks, I baked cookies in ìThe Kitchenî in the afternoons and
invited students, staff, faculty, and gallery visitors to sign up for
15 minute slots to come for cookies and milk and conversation. Visitors
to the Kitchen were welcomed by me, offered milk, and introduced to other
guests. While waiting for the cookies to bake, they spent time with the
other people there, who were often an unusual cross-section of the schoolís
population ‚ faculty, undergraduates, graduate students, office staff,
and administration. Before they left, I took each visitorís photo and
added it to the accumulation of photos of previous visitors on the fridge.