2nd Floor Rear took a break from its regular programming in 2018 and 2019. Instead, this platform was made available to co-op members (select 2nd Floor Rear participants) as a space for creative symbiosis and convivial exchange in the form of a year-long cooperative programming residency.

2nd Floor Co-op channeled 2nd Floor Rear’s freewheeling curatorial philosophy and the residents’ artistic practices into a series of intimate creative gatherings. Throughout the year, residents took turns providing artistic direction for these occasions for shared experience, each holding space for disciplinary irreverence, the personable-as-political, deliberate non-objectivity, and reciprocal weirdness in accord with the lead artist’s vision.

Artist Projects & Events

Launch Party | February 2019

Community Music Jam | Summer 2019

Tender Alchemists | July – August 2019

So Broke House | July 28, 2019

Wonder Wagon at Maxwell Street Market | September 15, 2019

Armor at the Disco | October 27, 2019

Meet the Residents

Adam Zanolini’s highest ambition is to be a community musician: to cultivate and share knowledge through music in order to help heal, strengthen, and empower the Black community.


Drawing on strategies from puppetry, pedagogy, and museum practice, Grace Needlman creates invitations for participants to engage with art and each other in unexpected ways.


Katie Vota creates interactive environments and sculptural objects that engage viewers in ideas of play, touch, pleasure, power exchange, and the role of the active body in shaping identity.


Working within the intersection of writing, performance, and sculpture, Joshua Kent’s practice explores bounty amidst professed scarcity.


Meet the Director

Katie Waddell collaborates with artists across disciplines, organizing their projects, artworks, or ideas into total environments or sequential events. These thoughts inform her practice currently: Art happens to us and with us, feelings are conceptually interesting and concepts are full of feeling, this political moment is a crucible for meaning, and when institutions fail, we will devise the spaces we need to survive. These ideas, like all things, are subject to change without notice.


2nd Floor Co-op is supported in part by a 2017 Propeller Fund grant. propellerfund.org