Azikiwe Mohammed
Azikiwe Mohammed

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 …

Image courtesy of the artist.
Image courtesy of the artist.

Isaac Pool: 40 Volume

January 13 – February 25, 2018

Opening Performance and Reception: Saturday, January 13, 7:00pm

Closing Performance and Reception: Saturday, February 24, 7:00pm

Knockdown Center presents 40 Volume, Isaac Pool’s first solo exhibition in New York, an installation and sitcom-length play starring three sock-encrusted vases and a head of fennel. In 40 Volume‘s performances, the vessels depart from their place in the adjacent gallery and chat together through filters of personal mythology and melodramatic pop lyrics to find sisterhood. The exhibition includes paintings …

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Amie Cunat: The Clock is Taking a Nap.

August 3 – December 31, 2017

Artist Talk: Sunday, August 6, 2017, 5:00pm

Opening Reception: Sunday, August 6, 2017, 6:00-8:00pm

 

Knockdown Center is pleased to present The Clock is Taking a Nap., a mural by Amie Cunat as a part of FiftyTwo Ft, a series of long-term wall-based artworks in the East Corridor. The imagery within the mural is sourced from drawings of churches and other buildings in New York City. The work depicts building-like structures tightly packed across the …

Performance from Verge Center for the Arts in Sacramento, CA,
April 2017 featuring
The Royalty Dancers. Photo: Makoto Hawkins.
Performance from Verge Center for the Arts in Sacramento, CA, April 2017 featuring The Royalty Dancers. Photo: Makoto Hawkins.

Whoop Dee Doo

November 18 – December 16, 2017

Final Performance: Saturday, December 16, 2017

3:00pm and 5:00pm

This month, Whoop Dee Doo artists stage a long term installation in Knockdown Center’s Annex, working closely with teens from Maspeth Town Hall Community Center and local performance groups Ñukanchik Llakta Wawakuna and students from the Calpulli Community – a program of Calpulli Mexican Dance Company – to create a series of free public programs that culminate in a final …

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Cura(Collected)

November 4 – December 17, 2017

Public Performances:
Sunday, November 5, 4:00-7:00pm
Sunday, December 3, 4:00-7:00pm

A collaboration by Anjuli Rathod, Eduardo Restrepo Castaño, Oscar Moises Diaz and accompanying text by manuel arturo abreu. Featuring contributions by Sayre Quevedo, Crack Rodriguez, Dyeemah Simmons, Carmelle Safdie, Lily Jue Sheng, Lucy Tomasino, Nancy Chavarria, Veronica Vides, Dyeemah Simmons, Justin Cabrillos & Matthew Shalzi, Mariana Herrera Castaño, Nancy Chavarria, Mauricio Esquivel, Rafia, Manuel Arturo Abreu, Yeiry Guevara, Julia Pimes …

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Cura(Collected) Opening Performances: Mariana Herrera Casaño, Justin Cabrillos, Matt Shalzi

Sunday, November 5, 2017

5:00 – 7:00pm

Join us for the opening performances of Cura(Collected), an exhibition on view in Knockdown Center’s galleries November 4 – December 17, 2017. 5:00pm – Me eligio with Mariana Herrera Castaño Mariana Herrera Castaño’s performance Me eligio asks audiences to participate in facilitating the translation between Spanish and English, music and spoken language. 6:00pm – as of it with Justin Cabrillos …

Image: Installation View, Formal Complaint, 2017. Curated by Dana Kopel and Rachael Rakes
Image: Installation View, Formal Complaint, 2017. Curated by Dana Kopel and Rachael Rakes

Open Call: Exhibitions and Artist Projects

Deadline: November 1, 2017

Knockdown Center seeks exhibition proposals for our gallery space! Are you a curator or arts organizer looking for a space to stage an exhibition? Do you have an artist project that needs a home? Send us your exhibition proposal by November 1 for consideration! *Please note: Proposals for group shows should not include the organizer’s own artwork, we do not …

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 …

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“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 < …

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

Sunday, September 25, 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, …