Knockdown Center is an art center and event space dedicated to unusual projects and collaborations, housed in a former door factory on 3 acres in Maspeth, Queens. Following a Sorry Archive curatorial project in fall of 2012 And the Villagers Never Liked You Anyway, Vanessa Thill worked as one of three managers of public programming under Michael Merck and Tyler Myers. She acted as director of communications, exhibitions coordinator, and handled variously outreach, operations, beekeeping, and other fun and weird things. Over the course of 2 years, she spearheaded roughly 13 exhibitions, 8 performance pieces, and a handful of talks and events, as well as acting as managing support for dozens more. She continues to act as Curator at Large in 2017.
Some of the most memorable projects she helped produce include Bloomsday, First Person View, the NYPAC performance series, Maybe I’m Amazed, Authority Figure, MAMI, Read My Lips, the Ruin Series, Alison O’Daniel’s Room Tone, J McDonald’s A Way From Home, Bloch, and 2MF‘s talk series, among many others.
© 2014 Vanessa Thill