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 …


Open Call: Short-Term and Time-Based Proposals

Deadline: September 15, 2017

Do you have a performance, workshop, or series of events in need of a home? Send us your proposal before September 15th for consideration of our 2017-2018 programming! Short-term projects can take the form of temporary installations, dance, theater, readings, talks, screenings, etc. This open call does not limit scale, scope, or format of submissions. Knockdown Center’s mission is to …


6×6: The Final Launch

Friday, September 8, 2017

Doors 7:00pm

Join Ugly Duckling Presse for a party to celebrate the release of the 36th and final issue of their long-running poetry periodical 6×6. There will be readings from poets published in recent issues of the magazine and musical performances from some of today’s hottest acts. Readers Anna Gurton-Wachter Anselm Berrigan Bridget Talone Chia-Lun Chang Katy Lederer Sarah Wang Ted Dodson …

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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 …