The Kitchen began in 1971 in "the kitchen" at the Mercer Art Center by Steina and Woody Vesulka to present videos - an art form which at that time was not being given serious attention in most museum exhibitions, In 1973 it moved to SoHo where it included music and sound compositions by artists such as Laurie Anderson, John Cage, and Philip Glass. Within a short period of time it also began to present performance art, dance, film and literature as well as exhibitions of the visual arts.

The Kitchen is currently located at 512 West 19th street.

Stations: by Robert Wilson VHS 1987
Two Moon July  VHS 1987
Sex in Canada: A Survey of Recent Canadian Video John Greyson 1984
The Kitchen Center for Video and Music 75-76 Robert Stearns / Peter Frank 1976  
Alternative Art New York 1965-1985 The Drawing Center / University of Minnesota Press 2002  
Art, Activism & Oppositionality: Essays from Afterimage Duke University Press 1998  
Performance: Live Art Since 1960 Harry N. Abrams 1998  
SoHo: The Rise and Fall of an Artists' Colony  Routledge 2003  
"Other Voices, Other Rooms: The Rise of the Alternative Space "  Art in America, July-August 1977