G.A.P. X MAMI Present: Art is Labor: A Day of Creative Advocacy and Critical Imagination

Sunday April 23, 2017
1pm – 8:30pm

Get Artists Paid and MAMI presents Art is Labor: A Day of Creative Advocacy and Critical Imagination, a day long event that centers holistic sustainability for artists in today’s precarious economy. Join us for discussions and workshops that cover topics such as managing student loan debt, healthful eating on a budget, internet security, making sense of the commissioning processes, and more, …



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 …

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 …


Power Share/Power Surge: A Panel Discussion curated by Christen Clifford

Saturday, January 14, 2017


Power Share/Power Surge: A Panel Discussion on Activism, Aging, Art,  Black Lives Matter, Civil Rights, Intersectional Feminisms, Sexuality, Trans Rights, and more. What can we do? Where do we connect? How can we share power? Curated and donated by Christen Clifford Moderated by Stephanie Acosta Panelists: Ashton Applewhite, Ayana Evans, Buzz Slutzky and Pamela Sneed This panel, curated by artist and activist Christen Clifford, came about through a consideration of …


RESONATE X CHASM ft. Aurora Halal, Celestial Trax, & more

Friday, January 13th, 2017

7:00pm – late

RESONATE x CHASM  An evening of art, music, performance, and activism. A panel discussion focused on social and political engagement in Trump’s America will be followed by live music and DJs.   This event is part of a fundraising series of music, performances, and workshops accompanying NASTY WOMEN exhibition, on view at Knockdown Center January 12-15th, 2017. NASTY WOMEN evening …

2MF with Sister

2MF with Sister: The Office

Nov 20, 4 – 6pm

2MF is a series of community meetings – open and participatory experiences – organized by artists Sonya Derman and Maria Stabio, encouraging pro-emotive and ante-academic conversation among artists in New York City. Knockdown Center hosts it’s second 2MF meeting titled “The Office,” in collaboration with Sister Gallery: “[management is] the art of getting things done through people” – Mary Parker …

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

Round Table on Queer Abstraction

Nov 12, 5pm

We hope this event can be a space for healing and supporting and loving each other at the close of this overwhelming election week. We’ll have snacks and solidarity. In conjunction with the exhibition Read My Lips, this round table will create a conversation around the the constellation of art practices that have been termed Queer Abstraction, a moniker not …

Jasmine Hirst
Jasmine Hirst

Comrade Truebridge: artist-to-artist salon

Oct 29, 2 – 5pm

COMRADE TRUEBRIDGE is an artist-driven, rhizomatic workgroup, braintrust, salon, kitchen table, laboratory, and hive mind where artists share and exchange needs and resources – offering an opportunity to engage deeply with their own and others’ work and needs during various phases of development. The mission of the group is intended to collaboratively find intersections and assistance between diverse, multidisciplinary, and difficult-to-define …


Machines in Music

Oct 8, 11am – 6pm
Oct 9, 11am – 5pm

Machines in Music is a free two-day modular synthesizer exhibition that brings together users and makers for hands-on exploration, discussions, and performance. Last year’s conference hosted 24 modular synthesizer companies from around the world, attracting the attention of beginners and experienced synthesizer users alike. This year’s event is co-curated by Verbos Electronics and Control, and will allow even more participants to meet …


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 …