The Kitchen Estimates Sandy Damages May Total $500,000

thekitcne The Kitchen Estimates Sandy Damages May Total $500,000

The Kitchen’s performance space. (Anton Brookes/The Kitchen)

The Chelsea–based nonprofit gallery and performance space the Kitchen announced today that it may have suffered between $400,000 and $500,000 in damage as a result of flooding from Hurricane Sandy. Among the casualties are “floors, walls, doors, box office, lighting, and sound equipment required to house performances,” it said in a statement.

The Kitchen is located on West 19th Street, one of the hardest-hit sections of Chelsea, across from David Zwirner, which today said it will partially reopen its exhibition spaces on that block on Friday.

In a statement to press, the Kitchen’s director and chief curator, Tim Griffin, said, “As we do our best to reopen, our thoughts are with the people of New York and New Jersey hit so hard by the storm. And we look forward to welcoming artists and audiences back to the Kitchen as quickly as possible.”

The Kitchen’s annual benefit auction—one of the few such events at which proceeds are split with donating artists!—has been moved from Nov. 12 to Nov. 26. It’s not yet been decided where it will take place.