SussmanInstallSquare Closing Reception
Rachel Sussman The Oldest Living Things In The World

Sunday, November 2
5 – 8pm
Pioneer Works & Atlas Obscura are proud to host Rachel Sussman in conversation with Jer Thorp.
Please RSVP Here

Join us Sunday, November 2 at Pioneer Works for a very special closing reception for Sussman’s highly celebrated solo exhibition, featuring never before seen prints and a site-specific installation of research and ephemera collected from her travels. Artist Jer Thorp, co-founder of the Office for Creative Research will join Sussman in a dialogue, delving into her work and explorations while Shoots and Roots Bitters mixes botanical cocktails inspired by The Oldest Living Things in the World.

Tickets are free of charge; advance reservations are highly recommended.

Rachel Sussman has been developing the critically acclaimed project “The Oldest Living Things in the World,” for nearly a decade. She’s received numerous awards including a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship, has spoken at TED, The Long Now Foundation, and UCLA, amongst others, and appeared on the air on CNN, BBC, and various public radio programs. Her exhibition record spans more than a decade in museums and galleries in the US and Europe, and her photographs and writing have been featured on global media outlets including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and NPR’s Picture Show.

Jer Thorp is the Co-Founder of The Office for Creative Research, a multidisciplinary research group focusing on the boundaries between data, art & culture. He was the Data Artist in Residence at the New York Times from 2010-2012.

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Approaching the Elephant Approaching the Elephant
Kickoff Event for “What Would the Community Think?” – New Screening Series
Film Screening + Dialogue

Tuesday, November 4
7:30pm – Doors at 7pm
$10 Admission, Purchase Tickets here.

Film Screening: Approaching the Elephant is a cinema-verite portrait of the inaugural year of the Teddy McArdle Free School where all classes are voluntary and rules are determined by vote – the film follows founder Alex Khost and an indelible group of outspoken young personalities as they form relationships, explore their surroundings and intensely debate rule violations, until it all comes to a head. A rare, inspired portrait of unfettered childhood.

Q & A with filmmaker Amanda Rose Wilder (Director/Cinematographer/Producer), Alex Khost (Founder of Teddy McArdle Free School), Robert Greene (Editor/Producer) and Caitlin Mae Burke (Co-Producer)

About The Series – “What Would the Community Think?”
A film series exploring how people form communities; the shared vision through which it is built, and what is deemed a success or failure. The desires and purposes of individuals forming groups, or the rejection of one lifestyle/community for another. Filmmaking collectives documenting their own existence or that of others, and the community that is created just by watching a film together.

Films screenings to include works The Troublemakers (1966), People’s Firehouse #1 (1979), Asylum (1972), No One Will Play with Me (1976), Symbiopsychotaxiplasm (1968), Susan After the Sugar Harvest (1970) and Por Primera Vez/For the First Time (1967)

Organized by Jake Perlin, film programmer.

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Bosco Sodi The Last Day
Friday, November 7

6 – 9PM
Free & Open to the Public

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

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Mark Hogancamp The Women of Marwencol

Friday, November 7
6-9 pm
Free & Open to the public

In conjunction with its release of “Women of Marwencol: Recent Photographs,” a limited edition by artist Mark Hogancamp, ESOPUS will co-present an exhibition of Hogancamp’s recent works. The exhibition, Women of Marwencol, will feature large-scale prints related to the images reproduced in the ESOPUS edition along with other photographs—curated by Janet Hicks, director of One Mile Gallery in Kingston, NY—ranging from early works documenting the fascinating origins of the town to brand-new photographs by Hogancamp featuring life-size mannequins. Pioneer Works will also present a screening of the 2010 documentary Marwencol (directed by Jeff Malmberg) , on Saturday, November 15th at 7pm followed by a reception.

intercourse3new Second Sundays:
Intercourse Magazine #3 Launch Party

Sunday, November 9
5 – 10pm; FREE

INTERCOURSE 3, your bi-annual admixture of prose, poetry, memoir, conversation and artwork, is launching November 9th. This thermal wearing, company-keeping, soul-warming winter edition is like philosophy without the jargon, Internet without the boredom, solipsism without the self, handcuffs without the cops.

Ben Lerner discusses Wallace Stevens, his newest book 10:04, and visions of the future. Astrophysicist Janna Levin and science writer James Gleick rap about time—is it a carpet or a hill and what is it like to walk through bread? Hip Hop pioneer Fab 5 Freddy remembers when he first discovered kung-fu films. Poet Andrew Durbin deconstructs the “Bro.” And Adam Green talks to Weyes Blood about the scourge of likeability and normcore.

All that, plus a roundtable with Dorothea Rockburne, Ron Gorchov, and Trueman MacHenry a retrospective portfolio of the late, great, Dan Asher; improvisational music and the Civil Rights Movement; the way we bury the homeless; Paul Laffoley watching Andy Warhol’s TV; and the first video sharing collective, Radical Software. And more.

It’s only $12.


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Radical Software magazine and early video distribution networks

This installation mines Radical Software, the first periodical devoted to video, to present a survey of some of the very earliest video art in existence. In the earliest days of video, the lines between art, documentation, journalism, and experimentation were either not yet existent or intentionally blurry.

The installation is in the spirit of the early 70s Friday-night video screening parties held in the Spring Street SoHo loft inhabited by members of the video art collective Videofreex. Included are works by the aforementioned Videofreex, as well as individuals and collectives such as Raindance, TVTV, Ant Farm, John Reilly, People’s Video Theater, and Ladies Home Journal.


ChancesWithWolves CHANCES WITH WOLVES Well-known for their long-running show on the now-defunct EVR Radio, they spin classic soul, 90s hip hop, and 50s throwback, among other unclassifiable sounds.

CHOP AND QUENCH ChopQuench “The Fela! Band”, is comprised of members of the cast and band of FELA! the musical. The musicians are some of the finest in New York, having performed with The Roots, India Arie, Elvis Costello, and many others. Lead singer Sahr Ngaujah was nominated for a TONY Award for his performance in the Broadway show and has been featured on film and television. As a unit, the band has gotten to accompany performers such as Beyonce, Femi Kuti, and Angelique Kidjo. Known for their straightforward performances of classic Fela Kuti compositions, they have branched out, bringing their own original music to the stage. After performing around the world, they recently performed at the Sundance Film Festival in conjunction with the premier of Alex Gibney’s film “Finding Fela”. They are working on their first recording since the Fela! Broadway cast recording.

WEYES BLOOD WeyesBlood2 is the mysterious ghost folk project of Natalie Mering, (former member of Jackie-O Motherfucker, Axolotl). Weaving sound textures with delicate folk songs, Weyes Blood is truly bridge music, combining the sonic influences of tape experimentation with the ancient art of song. Her voice is singular and timeless, unadorned yet soulful and penetrating. She has provided her pipes on Ariel Pink’s new record Mature Themes, singing back up on the song Early Birds of Babylon. She also accompanied the haunted graffiti live on an east coast tour in Sept 2012. Aside from small run releases such as the self-released “Strange Chalices of Seeing” (2007), and a 7″ entitled Liquor Castle (Smoker’s Gifts, UK, 2008) Weyes Blood released her first full length in March 2011 on the Not Not Fun label entitled The Outside Room.

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 in collaboration with Olivier Conan of Barbès.

Dorit Chrysler, Magdalena Dukiewiscz, Zach Nader, David Horvitz, Micah Ganske, Sara Magenheimer, Emily Spivack, Brett Swenson, Science Lab demos, Young New Yorkers, Alex Verhaest

CLOCKTOWER RADIO will stream artist interviews and the live music during the Second Sunday activities on November 9 at Visitors are welcome to visit the station’s 3rd floor studio suite at Pioneer Works during the broadcasts.

CooperUnionPix Our Education! Is College Worth the Cost?
A Film Screening and Symposium on the future of education.
Featuring an exhibit of Protest Art from the Free Cooper Union campaign.
Thursday, November 13
7:00 pm
FREE; Please RSVP Here

Please join us Thursday, November 13th for a screening of the documentary Ivory Tower, followed by a panel discussion about the rise of the education-industrial complex, new community driven education initiatives, and the fight to defend a free Cooper Union.

With student debt in America topping 1.2 trillion dollars, institutions of higher learning have become big business while a generation of young people has mortgaged their future to work as intellectual sharecroppers in the new information economy. In this context, the fight to sustain Cooper Union’s 150 year mission: education “open and free to all” is both microcosm and bellwether for the national debate about the state of higher education.

A new movement is at hand: students and educators are organizing in powerful ways to create innovative, open and cooperative pedagogical models that re-define the “institution” of education. Come hear from people active in the Cooper Union lawsuit and alternative education projects around the city as they discuss what the future has in store.

7:00 PM Film Screening
8:30 PM Panel discussion moderated by artist/educator Benjamin Degen with Ivory Tower Director, Andrew Rossi, Free Cooper Union student organizer, Victoria Sobel, faculty liaison for BHQFU, Jarrett Earnest, founding Director of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, Ajay Chaudhary, and Catherine Despont who develops educational programming at Pioneer Works. Plus special guests!
9:30 PM Reception

wtm_sm Marwencol
Film Screening
Saturday, November 15
Free: Please RSVP Here

After being beaten into a brain-damaging coma by five men outside a bar, Mark builds a 1/6th scale World War II-era town in his backyard. Mark populates the town he dubs “Marwencol” with dolls representing his friends and family and creates life-like photographs detailing the town’s many relationships and dramas. Playing in the town and photographing the action helps Mark to recover his hand-eye coordination and deal with the psychic wounds of the attack. When Mark and his photographs are discovered, a prestigious New York gallery sets up an art show. Suddenly Mark’s homemade therapy is deemed “art”, forcing him to choose between the safety of his fantasy life in Marwencol and the real world that he’s avoided since the attack.

“Marwencol” was released theatrically by the Cinema Guild and aired on PBS. It has won over 25 awards, including two Independent Spirit Awards, Best Documentary of the Year from the Boston Society of Film Critics and Rotten Tomatoes, and the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary at the South by Southwest Film Festival. The Los Angeles Times calls the film “an exhilarating, utterly unique experience” while the Village Voice says that it’s “exactly the sort of mysterious and almost holy experience you hope to get from documentaries and rarely do.”

Screening in conjunction with the exhibition on view.

S4AD Software for Artists Day
Sunday, November 16
10am – 7pm
$30 Admission, Sign-Up here.

Software for Artists Day (S4AD) at Pioneer Works brings together artists and developers to illustrate the many new software and hardware tools available to contemporary artists. The day-long event will involve lectures, demonstrations, and conversations which will demystify the much sought-after technology in use by artists. Participants will be able to attend four 45-minute lectures over the course of the day and will also be able to participate in “soapbox sessions” in which they will have 3 minutes to present a project in order to attract interest and/or advice from other artists and technicians. Breakfast and refreshments will be provided. Lunch will be available for purchase from local vendors. The day will culminate with a happy hour during which participants can talk about ideas, make connections, and find collaborators.

SciCon2 Scientific Controversies
A Series With Janna Levin

#2. Time’s Arrow
Tuesday, November 18

7.30PM – Doors open at 7pm
Please RSVP

Time is intangible but stubbornly persistent. We move forward, inevitably and relentlessly. We can’t grab a moment in time. We can’t point to it once it’s gone. Is time real or an illusion? Will we ever defy the arrow of time, stop its flow or go backwards? Janna Levin invites Physicist/Philosopher David Albert in conversation with Science writer James Gleick to consider the possibilities from Time Travel to Time’s Arrow.

About The Series
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 profound topics at the frontier of physics that have inspired unresolved debates: Reality, Time, and Black Holes.

Chicha Sleep Poster2 Chicha Libre Goes To Sleep
A Tropical Hibernation Party

Friday November 21
With Los Crema Paraiso, Sonido Chichadelico & Special Guests

​Doors open at 7PM
Music starts at 8.00PM​
$12.50 in advance / $15 at the door
Tickets available at here.

Blame it on Spotify, or the state of the Argentinean economy. Blame it on Russian pirates and the fear of erupting volcanoes. Blame it on the Polar Vortex and careless airlines Blame it on irreconcilable geographical differences among band members. Whatever the case may be, Chicha Libre needs a nap. To mark the event, Chicha Libre is throwing a party at Pioneer ​Works – a last cumbion you could call it – and then going to sleep for an undetermined amount of time.

Chicha Libre was started seven years ago, as a vehicle to pay tribute to Peruvian psychedelic cumbia, a form then mostly overlooked by the writers, censors and tastemakers who tend to define official music history. ​​ The band, which includes members from France, Mexico, Venezuela and the US, quickly turned into an original project, writing and producing its own singular brand of dance folksy prog rock meets Latin Psychedelia. ​ ​ The group has since travelled the world. Much to their surprise, they discovered that they had a very large following in Argentina and had become a cult band in Chile and Mexico. Chicha Libre also toured extensively in Europe and also performed in Turkey, and of course, Peru.

eyeworks2 Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation
Saturday, November 22
Doors Open at 4pm; First Program 5pm, Second Program 8pm
$15 Admission, Purchase Tickets here.

The Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation returns to Pioneer Works for the second year on Saturday, November 22, 2014. The Chicago-based festival will screen two programs of classic and contemporary short animation work, including a live performance using 16mm and modular synthesizer from Brooklyn filmmaker Rose Kallal. Blending an appreciation of classical animation with the sensibilities of avant-garde cinema and the visual culture of alternative comics, the Eyeworks programs showcase abstract animation, surreal narratives, and unconventional character animation. Festival directors Lilli Carré and Alexander Stewart will introduce the festival in person.

Shorts programs will feature nearly 30 films from around the world, including pieces from Japan, Canada, the UK, Croatia, France, Korea, the Netherlands, Australia, Hungary, Switzerland and the US. Highlights include the classic “69” by avant-garde master Robert Breer, “Jeu de Paume” by Joshua Mosley, which was included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, “Eager” by Allison Schulnick, which was awarded Best Experimental Animation at Ottawa in 2014, and “Jeu,” a masterpiece of hand-painted cycles by Swiss filmmaker Georges Schwizgebel that is mind-bending in its Escher-like recursivity. Notable in the Eyeworks lineup this year are films by Australian artist Neil Taylor. Though best known for his work as a sculptor, Taylor’s animation experiments from the mid-80’s through the early 90’s are a unique and fascinating body of work. His films utilize basic principles of animation in ingenious ways to explore repetition, automatic writing, human-machine collaboration, and the straying line.

Eyeworks was founded in 2010 by artists Alexander Stewart and Lilli Carré. Celebrating its fifth annual festival in Chicago this fall, Eyeworks has also presented programs in the US in Minneapolis, Brooklyn, Richmond, and Dartmouth College; and internationally in Stockholm, Helsinki, Rijeka (Croatia) and Amiens (France). Chicago’s Cine-File called Eyeworks “a world-class, exceptionally curated showcase,” and the Chicagoist praised Eyeworks for presenting “magical programs from the newest territories and the most overlooked corners of the animation universe.”

PROGRAM 1: Total Run Time 81 min.
Nicole Hewitt, In/Dividu, 1998, 7:33
Robert Breer, 69, 1968, 5:30
Sarina Nihei, Trifling Habits, 2013, 3:26
Karolina Glusiec, Velocity, 2013, 5:53
Laszlo Csaki, Days That Were Filled With Sense of Fear, 2002-03, 9:00
Nick Butcher, Sidewalk, 2014, 1:54
Daniel Barrow, Advanced Search Terms, 2012-13, 4:00
Sandra Desmazieres, Sans Queue Ni Tete, 2001, 6:41
Allison Schulnick, Eager, 2014, 8:30
Larry Cuba, 3/78, 1978, 3:00
Chris Sullivan, The Beholder, 1983, 8:30
Neil Taylor, Copy Copy, 1999, 2:30
Joung Yumi, Love Games, 2013, 15:00

PROGRAM 2: Total Run Time 80 min.
Georges Schwizgebel, Jeu, 2006, 4:00
Yoriko Mizushiri, Snow Hut, 2014, 5:22
Jake Fried, Headspace, 2014, 1:00
Eri Kawaguchi, Flower and Steam, 2013, 4:05
Joshua Mosley, Jeu de Paume, 2014, 2:50
Florence Miailhe, Hammam, 1992, 8:37
Johan Rijpma, Descent, 2014, 1:24
Zeitguised, Birds, 2014, 1:30
Marjorie Caup, Transhumance, 2012, 4:00
Hoji Tsuchiya, Black Long Skirt, 2010, 8:58
John Whitney Jr, Terminal Self, 1971, 8:00
Doris Chase, Circles I, 1971, 6:45
Rose Kallal, performance with multiple 16mm projection and modular synthesizer, approx. 20 mins

SS_3_slider-01 Second Sundays &
2014 Holiday Party

Sunday, December 14
5 – 10pm; FREE

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 in collaboration with Olivier Conan of Barbès.

OPEN STUDIOS: Dorit Chrysler, Magdalena Dukiewiscz, Zach Nader, David Horvitz, Micah Ganske, Sara Magenheimer, Emily Spivack, Brett Swenson, Science Lab demos, Young New Yorkers, Alex Verhaest


Golem GOLEM is a six-piece accordion-led outfit which sprinkles fiddle on top of old school punk sensibilities Golem has become a leading re-interpreter and innovator of Yiddish and Eastern European music, creating new songs and pushing tradition forward into new territory. Golem performs nationally and internationally, from the east coast to the west, from Paris to Mexico City to Stockholm to Warsaw. The band is at home in venues as varied as rock clubs, festivals, and theaters, and at weddings and parties as well. They released two albums, “Fresh Off Boat” and “Citizen Boris” on independent Jewish label, Jdub Records and are known for their theatricality and fearless wild energy. “not your father’s klezmer band, unless of course your father was Sid Vicious” (Jewish Week).


A real time film project by Franck Lesbros
Featuring: Helga Davis, Emilie Lesbros, Steve Swell

Craftone symphony consist in the making of a real time film evoking mineral landscape through various artistic devices, drawing parallels with visual art and cinema. During the performance, the image will be created and broadcast live from models filmed, the sound will be made live by musicians. The staging of the performance presents the opportunity to highlight the video in the making, while also integrating the sequence shot in the work in progress.

CLOCKTOWER RADIO will stream artist interviews and the live music during the Second Sunday activities on November 9 at Visitors are welcome to visit the station’s 3rd floor studio suite at Pioneer Works during the broadcasts.