Through the Kitchen Door

This life-sized lightbox presents household scenes which tell a history of America’s home kitchens over 230 years. Visitors are invited to peer through screen doors at life-sized, silhouetted figures preparing meals. with support from Alexandria’s Office for the Arts.

Through the Kitchen Door: Inside Out

This winter, the life-size lightbox has been reborn as an outdoor installation in Alexandria’s Market Square.  Installation will begin outdoors on January 25, 2021.  It will remain on view February 2 – 15, 2021, 24/7, but the best viewing will be after sunset.

Audio Guide


Silhouettes of two women working in an 18th century kichen with a hearth, tools, and vegetable basket



Silhouette of a woman in 19th century kitchen making chille relleno on an iron stove



Sihouette of a woman and child washing and peeling potatoes in a 1920s apartment kitchen



Silhouette of woman stir frying in a 1950s kitchen



Silhouettes of a woman making TV dinners and a man looking into a refrigerator



Silhouettes of a family making Iranian food


New Project Studio Installation

The first iteration of Through the Kitchen door was designed and built for the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s New Project Studio.  This interactive, multimedia, immersive lightbox was open to the public from August to November, 2020.


Interview with Anne O'Dell  Video Tour


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