Alison O’Daniel: The Deaf Club
Punk Show + ASL Storytelling

Special Event
Apr 28, 2016
Alison O’Daniel, The Tuba Thieves (still), HD video, 2013-2016. Courtesy the artist
Alison O’Daniel, The Tuba Thieves (still), HD video, 2013-2016. Courtesy the artist
Deaf Club mosh pit, 1978. Photo by Sue Brisk

A live punk concert and American Sign Language storytelling for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. Hearing audience also welcome! The event is inspired by the final 1979 punk show at the Deaf Club in San Francisco and organized in connection with Art in General’s Alison O’Daniel: Room Tone new commission.

The Deaf Club – Punk Show + ASL Storytelling
Thursday, April 28, 7:30-11pm
$10 Tickets at the door

Live Bands – Featuring:
Wall /// post-punk/no wave
Future Punx /// post-wave
King Pussy Face

Sign Language Translators/Performers:
Maleni Chaitoo, Opal Gordon, Jubil Khan, Vern Leon & Jeremy Lee Sanchez

The Knockdown Center (Map)
52-19 Flushing Ave, Masbeth, NY 11378
15-min from Jefferson L Train stop
Free shuttle –

Wall, Future Punx, King Pussy Face will play a Punk Concert – with American Sign Language performers, inspired by a scene from Alison O’Daniel’s long-term film project The Tuba Thieves. The scene is a re-enactment (with some fictionalization) of the final punk show hosted by artist Bruce Conner that took place at The Deaf Club in San Francisco in 1979. The Deaf Club was a deaf social club that hosted west coast punk shows for roughly 9 months. The manager of the punk band The Offs approached them, they agreed, and a legendary, though very underground, convergence of two disparate social groups occurred. It is fondly recounted that the union dissipated when the neighbors complained about the noise. The re-enactment was filmed in NYC at PS1’s printshop with more than 60 participants from the larger NYC Deaf community and a whole slew of enthusiastic NYC punks.

Event Day Transport:
The Knockdown Shuttle buses will be running from 6pm to 10:30pm, on Thursday, April 28, picking up and dropping off visitors at the Jefferson L train stop exit on Wyckoff Street between Jefferson St and Troutman St, every 15 minutes.

Guests are encouraged to visit for the latest transport options, real-time shuttle bus tracking and directions. The Knockdown Center is a quick 15-minute walk from the Jefferson L Train station northbound on Flushing avenue. The venue is also accessible by several convenient bus lines: Q59, Q54, B57, B38.

Project Description:

Alison O’Daniel: Room Tone