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. At this time the posters are available
for research. The remainder of the archive is unprocessed. Each series will be opened for
use as processing is completed.
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.