Joseph Beuys was a German artist, art professor, and activist. He is particularly known for his conceptual work and performances. In both areas his focused on social sculpture, a term he coined to describe art’s potential to transform society. The Kitchen organized an Open Dialogue with Joseph Beuys on January 7, 1980 at The Cooper Union in collaboration with Ronald Feldman Fine Arts and The Student’s Monday Night Lecture Series. This event was originally scheduled to be held at the Kitchen, but was moved to accommodate a larger audience. This event was held in conjunction with a showing of Beuys work at a Guggenheim retrospective and a gallery show at Ronald Feldman.