Image: Defendants Michael Briscoe, Steve Lopez, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson and Yusef Salaam in court in 1989.  (ESTRIN/POOL)
Image: Defendants Michael Briscoe, Steve Lopez, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson and Yusef Salaam in court in 1989. (ESTRIN/POOL)

Artist Roundtable & The Central Park Five

Sunday, March 25, 2018


In conjunction with the exhibition MATERIAL WITNESS WITNESS MATERIAL, participating artists Esteban Jefferson, DonChristian Jones, Chris Watts, and Lachell Workman will discuss their respective practices and overlapping concerns from racial discrimination to systemic violence within the criminal justice system. The program is anchored by the case of The Central Park Five, involving five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who …

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The Working Woman (of Color): a Conference on Mobility and Opportunity for Women of Color

April 14 – 15, 2018


Suggested Donation

The Working WoC Conference forwards conversations about self-actualization curated by women of color who are active participants in effecting change, making intentional efforts to diversify industries, develop financial literacy, and nurture a collective cultural consciousness. The conference and corresponding Podcast is produced by Chroma Collective, who aims to create an accessible blueprint in response to the socio and economic mobility …


Sunday Service: Camilo Godoy Presents Ella Boureau, Miguel Angel Guzmán, Eduardo Restrepo-Castaño, Mike Funk, Jordan Demetrius Lloyd, Xavier Valcárcel

Sunday, December 3, 2017


Camilo Godoy presents the December Sunday Service titled We have to live differently that brings together artists from various disciplines to explore ideas of “difference.” The title is borrowed from Alice Walker’s poem “Calling All Grand Mothers.” This program projects a video piece by artist Eduardo Restrepo standing with their gender-nonconforming self in front of a cathedral, writer Ella Boureau …

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 …


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. …


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 …


Sunday Service: Alexis Convento Presents…

Sunday, September 10, 2017


Join us for the kick-off of the fall season of Sunday Service, our monthly performance series in our bar the Ready Room. Curator Alexis Convento invites Filipinx artists both from the homeland and the diaspora come together to reclaim, to decolonize, to (re)trace our roots. “To decolonize is to tell and write one’s own story, that in the telling and …


Black Meteoric Star – No More White Presidents

Friday, September 1, 2017

Doors at 7:30pm / Screening at 8:00pm followed by a panel discussion

Join us for the debut screening of Gavin Russom’s new film “Black Meteoric Star – No More White Presidents”. The 60 minute film contains a soundtrack by Black Meteoric Star, one of Russom’s aliases. A panel discussion with panelists Kali Holloway, Khury Petersen-Smith and Christopher Danowski will follow the screening. About the film “Black Meteoric Star – No More White Presidents” …

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Intended Trajectories: Lourdes Correa-Carlo and Alan Ruiz in Conversation

Thursday, July 13, 7:30pm

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Intended Trajectories at Knockdown Center, join artists Lourdes Correa-Carlo and Alan Ruiz for a public conversation moderated by curator Christian Camacho-Light. In their work, both Correa-Carlo and Ruiz investigate how the formal and spatial organization of architectural environments in turn structure social relations. In this event, each artist will introduce their recent projects, followed …


Yeah, That’s What She Said! Presents: MOTHERLAND

July 7-9, 2017

Yeah, That’s What She Said! (YTWSS) holds their annual pop-up event featuring art, performances, and workshops by working class and poor women, women of color, immigrant women, trans women, and queer women. YTWSS*2017’s theme is MOTHERLAND. What does home mean to you? What does lineage mean to you? What does connection and intimacy with your past, present, and future mean …