Pioneer Works Center for Arts and Innovation is dedicated to the creation, synthesis and discussion of art, science and education. Located in Red Hook, Brooklyn, the Center gathers artists, scientists and creative thinkers to collaborate outside the boundaries of traditional institutions where specialization often limits the application of ideas across disciplines. Through a community devoted to creative discourse and collaboration, Pioneer Works is a platform where ideas can manifest into their fullest expression. The Center enacts its vision for a more complex, creative and productive society through educational programming, exhibitions, publications, residencies, lectures and performances. Housed in a reclaimed former iron works factory, Pioneer Works is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
In order to nurture and support arts and culture, we need you! Make a charitable, tax-deductible donation through pioneerworks.org/give and help make Pioneer Works a social hub for the inception and dissemination of art and ideas.
Built in 1866, the building was first occupied by Pioneer Iron Works, one of the largest machine manufacturers in the United States- constructing ships, boilers, tanks, sheet iron, detachable railroad tracks, grain elevators, and machinery for sugar plantations. The building was completely destroyed by a devastating fire in 1881 and rebuilt shortly thereafter. Pioneer Iron Works operated until the middle of the 20th century, after which the site became a storage facility for Time Moving Company. Pioneer Street was named after the Pioneer Iron Works building.
Our main exhibition space and arts and science residencies are open to the public Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 – 6:00 pm and Saturday & Sunday from 12:00 – 6:00 pm. Tours are available upon request. For more information, directions and rental information, please visit our
FROM THE FOUNDER
Ever since I learned to float, I have been swimming with my oldest dream. Now the waters of fantasy have receded, and Pioneer Works has surfaced, a hall of brick and light.
Our utopia is the architecture of impromptu synthesis. The floor is an exhibition space; the walls are working studios; the windows are openings onto the infinite psychogeography of New York City.
The gulf between different modes of thinking yawns ever wider. Gone are the swinging salons, the café manifestos, the petitions wet from inkwells. Tangible cooperation is eroding—we need people to be talking and touching, not just typing.
Pioneer Works fearlessly bridges the chasm between disparate disciplines. A biologist excitingly beckons a musician to the microscope, a painter shares her sketches with a geneticist and together they discover a new algorithm for printmaking. It is a nursery for innovation, an alpine highway to the horizon of the imagination.
It was once said “Art is a lie to reveal the truth.” For me, art is never a lie, but always a truth in itself. Art is a revelation that what could be is just as real as what is. All are welcome to join in this apotheosis of human endeavor.
Founder & Director
Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation
DUSTIN YELLIN, FOUNDER & DIRECTOR
GABRIEL FLORENZ, DEPUTY DIRECTOR
ELLA MARDER, PROGRAM DIRECTOR
DAVID SHEINKOPF, DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION
CATHERINE DESPONT, EDUCATION & EDITORIAL DEVELOPMENT
LARA HOLLIDAY, DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT
MARCO OROZCO, FACILITIES & GENERAL OPERATIONS
DANIEL KENT, DESIGNER
ALLISON KNOLL, DESIGN & COMMUNICATION ASSISTANT
RANDY LEE MAITLAND, EDITORIAL
JASON GRUNWALD, CHIEF INSTALLER; DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
ANDRES SANTO DOMINGO