Aint No Mouse MusicThis Ain’t No Mouse Music
A celebration of Arhoolie Records
Saturday, September 27, 6PM

$15 Admission
Purchase tickets here.

With Chris Strachwitz, Chris Simon and Maureen Gosling, Las Rubias del Norte, Mamie Minch, Rey Vallenato Beto Jamaica and special guests.

Pioneer Works and Rooftop Films celebrate Argot Pictures’ release of documentary THIS AINʼT NO MOUSE MUSIC. The film explores the life and work of Chris Strachwitz founder of the hugely influential Roots music label, Arhoolie Records. Directors Chris Simon & Maureen Gosling and Chris Strachwitz will be present.

The evening includes screening of rare performances from legendary Arhoolie artists such as, C.J. Chenier, Michael and David Doucet, Bukka White, Treme Brass Band, Lydia Mendoza, and many more, as we;; as two films by Les Blank (shown on 16mm), Chulas Fronteras (1976) and Del Mero Corazon (1979).

The musical portion of the evening will include a special tribute to Lydia Mendoza by Las Rubias del Norte, a set of blues and roots music by singer Mamie Minch, rural Colombian Vallenato music by El Rey Vallenato Beto Jamaica as well as special guests digging from the same rich catalog that made Arhoolie the defining label of regional roots music.

Check out the film trailer here.
Scientific Controversies Now Scientific Controversies
A Series Curated By Janna Levin (Mid-October)
What Is Quantum Reality?
Does Time Exist?
Will Dying Black Holes Explode in Firewalls?

Major Scientific discoveries can disrupt the traditional order, leaving scientists adrift in concepts that resist familiar intuitions and beliefs. Of the new ideas that emerge, some will be wrong and some will be right. Honest and open scientific controversy helps disentangle one from the other. Eventually, one side of a debate grows in strength and finds confirmation in experiments, while the other atrophies. But both sides of a controversy contribute to the breakthrough of actual discovery – when the utterly abstract barges into the realm of the concrete. This series celebrates that passionate spirit of scientific debate. For the Pioneer Works series Scientific Controversies, we take a look at three profound topics at the frontier of physics that have inspired unresolved debates: Reality, Time, and Black Holes.
SS4_slider-01Second Sundays – October 12; 5 – 10PM
FREE, Live Music, Open Studios, Exhibitions & Food

SECOND SUNDAYS is a monthly series of open studios, live music, and site-specific interventions presented by Pioneer Works the second Sunday of every month. The series showcases artists in residence along with musical performances and DJs, curated by Olivier Conan.

Open Studios of artists in residence: Young New Yorkers, Robyn Hasty, Daniel Horowitz, Drew Conrad, Emily Spivak.


Cuddle Magic CUDDLE MAGIC Chamber Pop band Cuddle Magic uses a quirky blend of instruments to create complex arrangements of deceptively simple folk melodies with perpetually shifting rhythms. In spite of the ensemble’s large size and wide-ranging instrumentation, their music is spacious and accessible. Subtle vocal interplay, inventive orchestration, and wry and surreal lyrics combine to create music at once dreamlike and powerfully direct. Their latest album featured their collaboration with acclaimed toy pianist Phyllis Chen.

BROOKLYN QAWWALI PARTYBROOKLYN QAWWALI PARTY Inspired by recordings of the late great Sufi singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Brook Martinez founded Brook’s Qawwali Party in 2004 as an experiment. What would happen if New York jazz musicians were to play and improvise around the melodies of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan? From this idea, Brooklyn Qawwali Party was born. BQP consists of five horns, three percussionists, guitar, acoustic bass and harmonium. The exuberant sound of BQP has been enthusiastically welcome across the globe.
bronx museum silver-1_FLATOpening Reception
Bosco Sodi The Last Day
Wednesday, November 5, 2014; 6 – 8PM


Pioneer Works is pleased to present Bosco Sodi’s The Last Day, a site-specific 57 ft. long polyptych. Created with silver pigments and organic materials, the work questions the fast deterioration of our planet and the impermanence of life – one of the essential Buddhist doctrines: all of conditioned existence, without exception, is transient, in a constant state of flux.

For more information, please visit our Exhibitions Page