Angie Pittman. Photo by Knockdown Center.
Angie Pittman. Photo by Knockdown Center.

Sunday Service Fall Season

Fall 2017

Join us this fall for the return of Sunday Service, a free monthly series of live work across mediums in our bar, the Ready Room. The Fall season curators include: Alexis Convento, Jonathan Gonzalez, J. Soto, and Camilo Godoy. Each month’s artist lineup to be announced soon. About Sunday Service Taking place the first Sunday of each month, a guest …

Flag by Andrea Arrubla
Flag by Andrea Arrubla

Temporary Allegiance: Open Call

Inaugural Flag: June 14th, 2017

Open Call: Ongoing

Knockdown Center re-launches Philip von Zweck’s project Temporary Allegiance, an ongoing open call for artist-made flags to be featured temporarily on our prominent 40 foot flagpole at the building’s entrance. Each flag will be on view for two weeks. Beyond guidelines listed, all flags submitted will be flown in the order they are received. Please see submission guidelines below. About …

kids holding artwork about wall

“Wall < Enter" Interactive Art Installation


This Fall, Knockdown Center presents “Wall < Enter,” an interactive immersive art installation produced by immigrant children 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. On the Fourth of July, we will unveil an interactive …

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 …


Bushwig 2017

Saturday, September 23 & Sunday, September 24, 2017


Bushwig, is Brooklyn, NYC’s annual festival of Drag, queer performance & music. Founded by Horrorchata (Matty Beats) & Babes Trust (Simon Leahy) est. 2012 BUSHWIG 2017 23RD & 24TH SEPTEMBER KNOCKDOWN CENTER, NYC Back at the Knockdown Center, Queens, New York! Aside from 150+ amazing performances, we are opening new areas; food, pop-up shops, installations. Now over two stages! Bushwig …

Jimmy’s Thrift of New Davonhaime Performance Series: Josep Maynou and Alison Kuo

Sunday, September, 2017

6:00 – 7:30pm

Join us for the second installment of Jimmy’s Thrift of New Davonhaime Performance Series, featuring performances by artists Josep Maynou and Alison Kuo. About Josep Maynou Josep Maynou’s multidisciplinary approach comes together as a form of contemporary storytelling that situates itself beyond the traditional art formats, often leading to installations in contexts such as TV repair shops, private apartments, abandoned spaces, …


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. …


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 …