The Kitchen is one of New York City's oldest nonprofit spaces, showing innovative work by emerging and established artists across disciplines. Its programs range from dance, music, performance, and theater, to video, film, and art, in addition to literary events, artists’ talks, and lecture series.
Founded as an artist collective in 1971 by Woody and Steina Vasulka and incorporated as a nonprofit two years later, The Kitchen has from its infancy been a space where experimental artists and composers share progressive ideas with like-minded colleagues. It was among the very first American institutions to embrace the emerging fields of video and performance, while presenting new work in established disciplines such as dance, music, literature, and film. This combination generated an environment conducive to cross-disciplinary explorations, helping launch the careers of many artists who have defined the American avant-garde, including Vito Acconci, Laurie Anderson, Charles Atlas, Dara Birnbaum, Lucinda Childs, Bill T. Jones, Sherrie Levine, Robert Longo, Robert Mapplethorpe, Cindy Sherman, Kiki Smith, and Elizabeth Streb, among others. (2019)
In August 2004, Debra Singer was appointed executive director and chief curator, after her seven-year tenure at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Since September 2011, The Kitchen has been directed by Tim Griffin, former editor-in-chief of Artforum (2003-2010).
- Nathan Lee, "Interview with Debra Singer, Executive Director and Chief Curator, The Kitchen", Art Spaces Archives Project, Aug 2010.