Please Note: Pioneer Works will be closed to the public on Saturday, October 4 & Saturday, October 25
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.
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A Series With Janna Levin

#1. Many Worlds
Tuesday, October 28

7.30PM – Doors open at 7pm
Our universe may not be alone. We may live in a multiverse in which every possibility happens and with each new possibility the universe branches off into another of many worlds. In conversation with Astrophysicist and writer Janna Levin, MIT Physicists Max Tegmark and Nobel Laureate Frank Wilczek will discuss the multiverse, many worlds, and the elusive nature of reality.

Frank Wilczek (Nobel Laureate, Herman Feschback Professor of Physics at MIT, author of “The Lightness of Being”)
Max Tegmark (Professor Physics at MIT, author of “Our Mathematical Universe”)
Janna Levin (Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Barnard/Columbia, author of “How the Universe Got Its Spots” and “A Madman dreams of Turing Machines”)

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.

bronx museum silver-1_FLATOpening Reception
Bosco Sodi The Last Day
Openings: Friday, November 7, 2014; 6 – 9PM AND Sunday, November 9, 2014; 12-7PM


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

Eyeworks Festival
Sat Nov 22, 2014

The Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation returns to Pioneer Works for the second year, bringing two screenings of classic and contemporary experimental animation. Blending an appreciation of classical animation with the sensibilities of avant-garde cinema and the visual culture of alternative comics, this evening’s programs will showcase abstract animation, surreal narratives, and unconventional character animation from the US, Europe and Asia.