The Kitchen has been a center for innovative artistic activity since its founding in 1971.
Operating as a meeting place between disciplines in New York, the space has fostered the development of experimental artwork
across music, video, dance,
performance, and installation art. The archive predominantly contains extensive video and audio recordings documenting performances
at the space; artist
files; posters; and printed ephemera. Audio and video recordings are unavailable until reformatted. Contact the repository
for information regarding
access. Some audiovisual material is currently available for on-site use only.
The Kitchen was founded in 1971 as an artist collective by video artists Steina and Woody Vasulka. Located in the unused kitchen
of the former Mercer
Arts Center in Greenwich Village, the space functioned as an arena where artists could share their ideas with like-minded
colleagues. Dedicated to music
and video, and emphasizing experimentation with emergent forms of technology, programming soon evolved to encompass dance,
performance, readings, and
seminars on art and technology.
426 Linear Feet
(446 boxes, 7 flat file folders, 1 boxed roll)
Open for use by qualified researchers. Audio visual and born digital materials are unavailable until reformatted. Offsite
material may require
additional retrieval time; contact reference for information.