Saturday, February 18, 2017
Doors at 4pm

INDEX, is an all-day festival of music, performance- and community engagement. Featuring the works of artists, activists- and academics alike, INDEX highlights innovative voices of Black-Latinx experience – a jubilant archive in conversation with Black History Month. INDEX invites guests to browse and activate a catalogue of readings, performance, installation, and discussion. For 12 hours, The Knockdown Center, a converted …


Sunday Service: Niall Jones Presents…

Sunday March 5, 2017


This month, Knockdown Center invites Niall Jones to curate Sunday Service. The evening will explore the dance party and nightlife, historically and empirically, as a commingling of multiple bodies and multiple ethics. The dance party ostensibly functions as a movement, at once, for and against the sturdiness of identity, and all the while irreducibly in pursuit of (un)certain pleasures and intractable …


Incarnata Social Club

March 23, 2017

Doors 8pm



Knockdown Center is pleased to present Incarnata Social Club, an evening of experimental performance dedicated to providing visibility to artists at all stages of professional development. Founded in 2016 by artists Kembra Pfahler and Orlando Estrada, Incarnata began as a monthly performance salon in a basement night club in New York City’s East Village. Incarnata has since expanded to become …

Flight Over Wasteland

Flight Over Wasteland

April 12 – 16, 2017

Flight Over Wasteland is a project by visual artist Liliya Lifanova in collaboration with composer Hiroya Miura, and choreographer Davy Bisaro. This collaborative team reimagines T.S. Eliot’s modern epic poem The Waste Land in a series of evocative tableaux vivants, choreographed gestures, actions, sculptural objects, and sound. Eliot’s poem, The Waste Land reflects the complexity, brokenness, and collaged nature of …


Sunday Service: MAMI presents… Alexandra Bell, NIC Kay, Isabel Flower + Marcel Rosa-Salas, YATTA

Sunday, February 12, 2017


Sunday Service is a curated series of short-form live performances across mediums. Taking place the first Sunday of each month in the Ready Room, a guest curator is invited to organize a salon style evening of in-progress works, performances, and presentations, anchored by a framing principle such as a question, proposition, theme, or formal structure. Sunday Service encourages works in …



Saturday, January 14, 2017

LOUD & UNAPOLOGETIC: Setting the Tone for 2017 and Beyond Join Tom Tom Magazine and the Oral History of Female Drummers for 10 min sets of loud and unapologetic drumming by female and gender non-conforming drummers. Throughout the day at Knockdown Center’s NASTY WOMEN Exhibition, 6 drummers will play and have their voices heard. the drumming will happen all throughout the space. …


A Night of Nasty Women – Comedy hosted by Lorelei Ramirez

Saturday, January 14, 2017

8:00pm in the Ready Room

“A Night of Nasty Women” Comedy hosted by Lorelei Ramirez featuring: Ana Fabrega, Jen Goma, Patti Harrison, Amy Zimmer, Nicole Silverberg, Marcia Belsky This event is part of a fundraising series of music, performances, and workshops accompanying NASTY WOMEN exhibition, on view at Knockdown Center January 12-15th, 2017. NASTY WOMEN evening programming can be experienced through the purchase of a $20 …


Power Share/Power Surge: A Panel Discussion curated by Christen Clifford

Saturday, January 14, 2017


Power Share/Power Surge: A Panel Discussion on Activism, Aging, Art,  Black Lives Matter, Civil Rights, Intersectional Feminisms, Sexuality, Trans Rights, and more. What can we do? Where do we connect? How can we share power? Curated and donated by Christen Clifford Moderated by Stephanie Acosta Panelists: Ashton Applewhite, Ayana Evans, Buzz Slutzky and Pamela Sneed This panel, curated by artist and activist Christen Clifford, came about through a consideration of …


RESONATE X CHASM ft. Aurora Halal, Celestial Trax, & more

Friday, January 13th, 2017

7:00pm – late

RESONATE x CHASM  An evening of art, music, performance, and activism. A panel discussion focused on social and political engagement in Trump’s America will be followed by live music and DJs.   This event is part of a fundraising series of music, performances, and workshops accompanying NASTY WOMEN exhibition, on view at Knockdown Center January 12-15th, 2017. NASTY WOMEN evening …