Nasty Women Exhibition in NYC an Epic Success!

Nasty Women Making History


When: Exhibition Runs January 12 -15, 2017

Where: The Knockdown Center, Maspeth, Queens, NYC

Transportation info here. Google map directions here. We’ll also be running a shuttle from 3pm onward on Thursday from the Jefferson L, outside of Cobra Club to get people to the space.

Opening: Thursday, January 12 7-10PM

Exhibition Hours: Thu 7-10pm, Fri 5-9pm, Sat, 2-8pm, Sun 2-6pm

100% of the proceeds will benefit Planned Parenthood. Couldn’t make the exhibition? Make a donation online here!

We are elated to share that we SOLD OUT the entire show. A total of over $42,000 in proceeds raised will go to Planned Parenthood. The Knockdown Center’s programing “Stay Nasty” also raised over $8,000 for smaller non-profits benefiting women’s rights, bringing the grand total to over $50,000.


It is because of you and your generous donations: 623 artists delivered work to the show. It is because of the 11 incredible organizers that saw a vision, worked hours and hours as a team to diligently see the plan to fruition. It is because of 100+ volunteers, who donated their time to assist. It is because we came together as women, in solidarity, that we sold 592 pieces of art to budding collectors-turn-activists.

On opening night, The Knockdown Center counted 2,240 people between the hours of 7pm-10pm. The overall attendance over the course of the show was 4600.

There were 444 works that sold opening night, bringing in a total of almost $35k in the first three hours of the exhibition.

Just as we hoped, the letter-walls became bare, exposing the interaction of the cash and carry system–all in support of Women’s rights. It was a brilliant sight to see the work dwindle and to hear the stories of collectors, finding just the right works for their walls or shelves–and supporting a cause. The energy in the space was positive, vitalizing, & uplifting.

View Photos from the Opening on Facebook

Over 30 other venues around the world will continue to host their own version of Nasty Women to raise money for local organizations supporting women’s rights.  We are proud of everyone who was part of this movement!

With all of the excitement, there has been more press listed below:

Read more about the evening here:

Fast Co.

The Guardian

The Huffington Post



New York Magazine | The Cut


Previous Press:


Bedford and Bowery


Brooklyn Magazine (here and here)

The Creator’s Project (VICE)

The Metro



Letter from Joan of Planned Parenthood:

Dear NW organizers-

You are all incredible! Thank you for organizing and executing the huge, impressive Nasty Woman Art Exhibit at Knockdown last weekend. I just heard you all raised over $42,000 to support the work and mission of PPNYC–to put it in perspective, PPYNC must raise over $11,000 per day to operate our health centers (to make sure that we turn no one away who wants services, regardless of ability to pay, immigration status, or age) and that number is only going to increase under the incoming administration. In effect, the NW crew have helped keep our centers open for four additional days and on behalf of the Board, staff, and patients, I can’t thank you enough. The press around this event has been wonderful, too.  I spoke with the staff and activists who attended the event and they had a great time talking with you and the attendees, as well as taking in the whole scene at Knockdown. These events are truly fortifying for us during this fraught moment–thank you for bringing us into your amazing world and helping us provide care, no matter what.  I hope we can work together again in the future!



Joan Malin

President & CEO

Planned Parenthood of New York City, Inc.

Planned Parenthood of New York City Action Fund




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