Mission

The Kitchen is one of New York City’s oldest nonprofit spaces, showing innovative work by emerging and established artists across disciplines. Our programs range from dance, music, performance, and theater, to video, film, and art, in addition to literary events, artists’ talks, and lecture series. Since its inception, The Kitchen has been a powerful force in shaping the cultural landscape of this country, and has helped launch the careers of many artists who have gone on to worldwide prominence.

History

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 visionary new work in established disciplines such as dance, music, literature, and film. This unique combination generated an environment immediately conducive to groundbreaking and 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 many others. Today, The Kitchen is an internationally-acclaimed institution giving support to—and seeking to foster a living dialogue among—artists from every field and area of culture in the effort to create an art for our time.

Mailing Address

THE KITCHEN
512 West 19th Street
New York, NY 10011

VISITOR INFORMATION
For location and ticketing information for a specific show or event, please consult each individual event listing on thekitchen.org. If you have further questions, please email boxoffice@thekitchen.org.

For information regarding digital programs, please visit The Kitchen OnScreen.

How To Get Here

The Kitchen is located at 512 West 19th Street and is a ~15 minute journey on foot and a ~10 minute car ride from the 14th Street A/C/E subway station (the station has elevator access) and a ~5 minute journey on foot from the M14D-SBS bus stop of 11th Avenue and West 17th Street. Street parking is available between 6pm and 11pm on weekdays and from 6am to 11pm on weekends.

We appreciate that for some visitors traveling on the public transit system can be vulnerable and a barrier to participation across many cultural spaces; if you are interested in attending a program but require further guidance, please reach out to accessfeedback@thekitchen.org.

About Our Space

The Kitchen’s primary programmatic space in our 19th Street building is fully accessible for wheelchair users. Our restrooms and dressing rooms are gender neutral. ADA compliant restrooms are available on the first (FL1) and second floors (FL2). FL1 has direct access to the street with one door to enter into the lobby, another door to enter the theater/exhibition space on FL1, and no steps. FL2 has direct access to the floor from the elevator with one door and no steps. Elevator access is available to the multifunctional FL1 and FL2 used for exhibitions, performance, public programming, and artist residencies.

Archive Engagement

Per its experimental and artist-centered mission, The Kitchen is committed to preserving records of programmatic and administrative activities to document its history as it continues to unfold. As a part of our model of creative care for artists and staff members’ legacies, The Kitchen maintains an institutional, living archive on-site at 19th Street. Selections from these holdings are available digitally on The Kitchen's Archive Website. The full archive is accessible by appointment only: special accommodations can be made for in-person or remote viewings of paper-based and/or AV materials with the support of staff. For in-person appointments, visitors can access the viewing space via elevator. As institutional bandwidth is limited due to the strain of the ongoing pandemic, please email archives@thekitchen.org to inquire about capacity for scheduling and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

TThe archive of The Kitchen's 20th Century activities is additionally in the collection of The Getty Research Institute located on the West Coast. For more information, visit the Getty’s website here.

Interpretive Resources

For programs and performances we will do our best to accommodate requests for ASL interpretation or captioning, as well as digital and/or large-print copies of printed materials; where this is offered, it will be noted on the program page. Additionally, seating configurations change based on the program. If you have specific access questions or needs please email accessfeedback@thekitchen.org.

The Kitchen extends its gratitude to the instruction of Recess and Carolyn Lazard’s “Accessibility in the Arts: A Promise and a Practice” as a critical artist-driven guide for institutional accessibility and inclusion.