Our expansive, private 3 acre lot offers endless looks and drastically different environments to choose from including: warehouse, relic exterior buildings and basement, parking lot/outdoor, domestic settings, commercial kitchen, bar/nightclub + more. Our open floor plan is well suited for large-scale set builds, can easily accommodate holding/catering, is conveniently equipped with ample power distribution and is climate controlled.


Temporary Allegiance Open Call

Knockdown Center hosts 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.

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A 40-foot flagpole erected at Knockdown Center is the site of Temporary Allegiance, a collaborative artwork by Philip von Zweck. The project originated in Chicago as a platform for the freedom of expression on a public college campus. Although typically a stable institutional fixture, this flagpole offers anyone the opportunity for monumental visibility for a limited time only.

A flag can bear national or military emblems, mascots, warning signals, or propaganda, among others. In many countries desecration of the national flag is a punishable crime. Patriotic love or rage, fandom, competition, festivity, spirituality, mourning—these are some of the array of reactions a flag can engender. The term “temporary allegiance” legally refers to the duty of a non-citizen to obey all laws so long as he remains in that country. Implied is the notion of flux, that loyalty and identity can be reconsidered as the flag is hoisted and lowered.

Philip von Zweck would like to thank Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois Chicago for previously hosting this project. 

Submission information:

– Each flag will fly for ~2 weeks

– Unconventional shapes, sizes, and materials are acceptable so long as safety considerations are met (weight, fastening, and wind durability)

– Maximum flag size is 8 by 12 feet

– Flags should be attachable at a minimum of 2 points, 3 feet apart

– A sign within the building’s lobby will include information about the artist and flag design.

– Flag drop off times are: Thursdays and Fridays 2pm – 6pm, Saturdays and Sundays 2pm – 7pm

Open Capacity

Knockdown Center supports artists and organizers producing events in need of space! Through Open Capacity: Knockdown Center’s space support program, artists and organizers may apply for use of space and basic operational support for one-time events such as performances, workshops, talks, screenings, or conferences that align with the KdC mission and resonate with existing programming. Spaces available include intimate bar settings, a raw black box-style room, and 20,000 square feet of open-plan industrial space, amongst others.

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While Knockdown Center provides space and operational support, the applying artist or organization is fully responsible for funding and producing their event and expected to participate in promotion and outreach.

In addition to space, Knockdown Center provides:
-Basic AV and technical support.
-Box office and event staffing.
-Marketing support though inclusion on the KdC website, newsletter, and socials.

Program Guidelines
-Open Capacity is intended for one-time public events. The program does not apply for closed rehearsals, video shoots, private meetings, or an ongoing series of events.
-Eligibility is determined by Knockdown Center’s assessment of the logistical feasibility of event production, operational impact, existing calendar of events, and the proposed event’s relationship to Knockdown Center’s mission and other programs.
-Space is allocated to applicants by Knockdown Center. Space offered is non-negotiable, and determined by other events in the building, audience capacity, and technical needs.
-All accepted events must comply with Knockdown Centers operational protocols and schedules.

Please refer to the floorplans when imagining your event:
Floorplans Here

We accept applications for Open Capacity events on a rolling basis.

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Programs Assistant

Knockdown Center seeks a dynamic part-time Programs Assistant to support the Director of Exhibitions and Live Art on gallery management and exhibition support, to assist the Marketing Manager with a range of duties from social media to flyer design, in addition to general administrative and operational support. The ideal candidate should be comfortable interacting with diverse publics, opening and closing a gallery space, maintaining a wordpress-based website, creating content (both written and with graphics), and office work.

This position offers an exciting opportunity for an individual to build upon existing skills in marketing, design, gallery management, and arts administration. 

Candidates should have an interest in music and/or contemporary art and knowledge of New York City’s music and/or art scene; familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite, design and photography skills preferred. 

Position is 35 – 38 hours a week, working Wednesdays – Sundays.

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Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Gallery Management

  • Manage Knockdown Center’s gallery space during public hours.
  • Turn exhibition on and off, perform general exhibition maintenance as needed.
  • Greet visitors and answer inquiries from public.

Exhibition and Program Support

Assist Director of Exhibitions and Live Arts to administer exhibition and programs

  • Assist with creating and formatting checklists and other exhibition related print materials.
  • Request, track, and organize loan forms from artists and curators.
  • Create Gallery On-Off Guide.
  • Design and order exhibition vinyl
  • Draft artist and curator contracts
  • Maintain and update exhibition and program related invoices and files 
  • Assist with installation as needed.
  • Administer and maintain Temporary Allegiance flag open call program.
  • Assist with bi-annual open call administration and dissemination.
  • Assist with producing, gathering, and compiling information for bi-annual Curatorial Advisory Board meetings.
  • Research and draft exhibition-related materials as necessary.
  • Exhibition production support as necessary

Marketing Support

Assist Marketing Manager with a range of marketing responsibilities

  • Work with Marketing Manager to implement social media plans and email blasts for Exhibitions and Programs
  • Update events board and flyers around the venue
  • Log and archive arts press
  • Exhibition and event photography
  • Design flyers

Accounting and Events/Operations Support

Assist Accounting Manager and Events Coordinator with a range of tasks

  • Filing, answering phones, inventory of office supplies.
  • Credit card chargebacks, data entry, and filing.
  • Receiving and verifying orders as needed
  • Organize and manage lost and found inquiries and pick ups
  • Update and maintain event databases 
  • Give building tours 
  • Venue image organization, tagging, and upkeep 

Given the fast-paced and creative environment of Knockdown Center, and the fact that we are a very small team doing big things, interested candidates should possess the ability to work collaboratively, be comfortable working outside the exact scope of their role when necessary, work proactively, and have a sense of humor. Knockdown Center is a non-traditional venue, and events vary widely across all types of performance, music, parties, and community and cultural happenings. Candidates should be excited about the wide range of possibilities, and have the ability to be versatile in their approach to each event.


To apply, please send a cover letter that describes your relevant experience and why you are interested in working at Knockdown Center, along with your resume and two references to, with “Application: Programs Assistant ” in the subject line.

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