Sunday Service: J.Soto Presents…Miatta Kawinzi, IV Castellanos and Amanda Hunt, ray ferreira, Keijaun Thomas

Sunday, November 5, 2017


Don’t Fall Back A program dedicated to remaining in the moment, aware, and offering no apologies. How is Queer (self)love a form of resistance? What shapes and objects does that take on and what images does it conjure? What can be the practice of Queer, Transgender and Gender-nonconforming community care across POC communities, now? How will we combat Queer, Transgender …

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12TH Annual NY Night Train Haunted Hop

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

8:00pm – 2:00am

A NYC Halloween tradition since 2006! And a multimedia mutli-room dance party in a sprawling haunted house! With star-studded front room live sets by Shannon and the Clams, Kid Congo Powers (The Cramps, The Gun Club, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds) and the Pink Monkey Birds, Ian Svenonius’ solo project Escape-Ism, Nude Party, and a special secret band. Dance …

Installation view, "Azikiwe Mohammed: Jimmy's Thrift of New Davonhaime," 2017. Image courtesy of the artist.
Installation view, "Azikiwe Mohammed: Jimmy's Thrift of New Davonhaime," 2017. Image courtesy of the artist.

Jimmy’s Thrift of New Davonhaime

September 9 – October 29, 2017

Opening Reception:
Friday September 8, 6:00-9:00pm

This fall at Knockdown Center, artist Azikiwe Mohammed stages a performative installation of his fictional thrift store, Jimmy’s Thrift of New Davonhaime. New Davonhaime – a location conceived by Mohammed – is an amalgamation of the names of the five most densely populated Black cities in America: New Orleans, Detroit, Jackson, Birmingham, and Savannah. Jimmy’s Thrift of New Davonhaime was …


“Wall < Enter" Interactive Art Installation

October 5th – October 26th, 2017

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 5th, 4:00-8:00pm

Closing Reception: Thursday, November 2nd, 4:00-8:00pm

Join us for the closing reception of “Wall < Enter,” an interactive immersive art installation produced by diverse New York City youth and families in collaboration with the Coalition for Hispanic Family Services Arts and Literacy Program, artist/AED Laura Paris, and teaching artist/art therapist planning team Tomas Manon, Frank Mena, Jenn Perez, and Rocko Seymour. Featuring music provided by 8 Ball Radio DJs and refreshments! “Wall < …


Documenting the Nameplate

Saturday, October 7, 2017


Join us on Saturday October 7 for an open-call archiving project to document the social experiences and aesthetics of nameplate jewelry. Marcel Rosa-Salas and Isabel Flower are working on a book about the nameplate that will be a repository of its myriad styles and many cultural traditions. Come by to have your nameplates photographed and to share your memories of …


Jimmy’s Thrift of New Davonhaime Performance Series: Grady Owens and GDFX

Sunday, October 1st, 2017

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Join us for the third installment of Jimmy’s Thrift of New Davonhaime Performance Series, featuring Grady Owens and GDFX. This is part of a series of events hosted within the space of “Jimmy’s Thrift of New Davonhaime,” an exhibition by Azikiwe Mohammed currently on view in the Knockdown Center galleries. About Jimmy’s Thrift of New Davonhaime Currently on view at Knockdown Center, artist Azikiwe Mohammed …


Sunday Service: Jonathan Gonzalez Presents…. Sepo Seecharan Prins and Marlene Mulele Seecharan, NIC Kay, Justin Allen, Rena Anakwe

Sunday, October 1, 2017


On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals (1628) documents William Harvey’s watershed findings on the two-way circulatory system; one way pumping blood to the extremities and another back to the heart to be reinvigorated with oxygen. During this dissection, Harvey also encountered an ominous black fluid like ’thick earth’ termed colloquially as ‘black bile’ in the arteries. …