Interior view of The Kitchen’s theater space, New York, 2011. Photo: Anton Brookes
The Kitchen is an internationally acclaimed, nonprofit performance and visual arts space located in New York City’s Chelsea arts district. It is dedicated to commissioning and presenting new work by innovative artists working within and across the fields of music, dance, theater, video, film, and literature. The Kitchen is best known for its commitment to experimental, interdisciplinary work, providing instrumental support during the early years of artists’ careers. Many figures who have performed at The Kitchen have continued on to worldwide prominence, such as Laurie Anderson, David Byrne, Philip Glass, Bill T. Jones, John Jasperse, Miranda July, Young Jean Lee, Christian Marclay, Sarah Michelson, Meredith Monk, Nico Muhly, and Bill Viola.
Each year, The Kitchen presents more than ninety evenings of performance in its theater, and organizes six exhibitions in its gallery—both of which are accompanied by auxiliary education programs. Using its own extensive history as a resource, the organization identifies, supports, and presents emerging and under-recognized artists who are making significant contributions to their respective fields, and serves as a safe space for more established artists to take unusual, creative risks.