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Sunday Service: Andrea Arrubla Presents (Special BABZ Fair Edition): Tiona Nekkia McClodden, Peter BD, Karmenife X James Allister Sprang

Sunday, June 4, 2017


This month, Knockdown Center’s free monthly performance series Sunday Service is hosted by Andrea Arrubla for the BABZ Fair. The evening will reflect and celebrate the legacy of the seminal poet Essex Hemphill established among contemporary literary and visual artists with Tiona Nekkia McClodden, James Allister Sprang, Peter BD, and Karmenife X. Bios Tiona Nekkia McClodden is a visual artist, …



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: 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 …

Erin Diebboll, "Thirty Years - Basement" (detail), (2010). Pencil on paper, 51” x 85”.
Erin Diebboll, "Thirty Years - Basement" (detail), (2010). Pencil on paper, 51” x 85”.

Poetry Reading for “You can tell I’m alive and well because I weep continuously.”

February 10, 2017


In conjunction with the exhibition You can tell I’m alive and well because I weep continuously., poet Steven Zultanski curates a poetry reading featuring texts that share affinities with his own poem, Agony (2012). The evening includes readings by poets Alejandro Crawford, Mónica de la Torre, Shiv Kotecha, and Stacy Szymaszek and a sound installation by Fernando Diaz. You can …


Responding to Zoe Leonard’s “I want a president…”

Saturday January 14th


Artists, activists, and thinkers share contemporary responses to Zoe Leonard’s influential 1992 text I want a president… Originally conceived in response to the cultural and political climate of the early 1990’s, Leonard’s text urges us to ask: what has changed and what remains the same? Leonard notes, “I am interested in the space this text opens up for us to …

Kerry Downey, What color comes out in the wash, 2016.
Kerry Downey, What color comes out in the wash, 2016.

“Read My Lips” Poetry Reading

Thursday, December 8, 2016


In conjunction with the exhibition “Read My Lips,” artists Kerry Downey and Loren Britton have organized a reading with five queer poets whose practices address marginalized bodies and problems of language. Featuring readings by Ana Božičević, Wo Chan, Rin Johnson, Julian Talamantez Brolaski, and Jespa J. Smith. Read My Lips is a two-person show featuring work by Kerry Downey and Loren Britton that …


Poetry on Art: Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event

Sep 17, 3 – 5pm

Join us for a conversation on the intersection of poetry and visual art and a reading with contributors Ken Chen and Elaine Equi. Hosted by Paolo Javier and Fred Sasaki. Ken Chen is the Executive Director of The Asian American Writers’ Workshop and the 2009 recipient of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award for his poetry collection Juvenilia. A founding contributor to …


Live taping (Cold Open Verse)

Sep 16, 8pm

Poet Transmit engages in the connections between poetry, transmission, and performance. The project was launched by artist/ curator Victoria Keddie and writer/artist Cat Tyc as a way to explore textual practice and modes of transmission and expose the potential of poetic projection and how it exists in expanded fields of time. The works of artists, Constance DeJong, Sophia Le Fraga, …