“NASTY WOMEN” Opens at The Knockdown Center with a Weekend of “STAY NASTY” Events
Last night, the Knockdown Center hosted the opening for the group exhibition “NASTY WOMEN.” The show, on view through January 15, asked artists who see themselves as Nasty Women to participate in support of women’s rights, in anticipation of the Presidential Inauguration next week.
Artists like Bahareh Khoshooee, Alice Maher, Julie Curtiss, Margarida Correia, Katari Sporrong, Katya Grokhovsky, Margarida Correia, Rebecca Murtaugh, Angela Pilgrim, and others contributed works to be sold for $100 or less, with all proceeds going to Planned Parenthood.
It all started on Facebook, when “NASTY WOMEN” organizers Roxanne Jackson and Jessamyn Fiore posed the question, “Hello female artists/curators! Lets organize a NASTY WOMEN group show!!! Who’s interested???”
The overwhelming response resulted in the exhibition at Knockdown Center and dozens of other venues across the U.S. and abroad including in San Diego, Detroit, Phoenix, Charleston, Nashville, Omaha, Portland, Brussles, Melbourne, Cambridge, Amsterdam, and elsewhere with shows taking place now through April, and the ongoing opportunity to produce more.
The exhibition at Knockdown Center is accompanied by “STAY NASTY,” a series of performances and events this weekend with ticket sales benefitting Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, the New York Immigration Coalition, Girls for Gender Equity, and SisterSong.
“Our scale and the fluidity of our programming is designed for projects just like these—multi-faceted and far-reaching programs that defy disciplinary boundaries and engage diverse communities. So when a member of our curatorial advisory board Jessamyn Fiore approached us with the NASTY WOMEN Exhibition idea, we were thrilled to not only use our space to amplify the cause but also to build upon the momentous response and enthusiasm for the exhibition with STAY NASTY—four days of music, comedy, performances, workshops, and an information fair, which offers New York City’s musicians, artists, activists, and community health organizations a platform and opportunity to get involved alongside the hundreds of NASTY WOMEN artists.” said Michael Merck, Co-Director, Knockdown Center.