Crit Night

Crit Night is a seasonal series, where current and past Pioneer Works artists-in-residence share works in progress during an intimate evening focused around experimentation and discourse.


Visual Arts Resident Jenny Perlin will share films from her explorations of subterranean bunkers across America.

Jenny Perlin is an artist working between Brooklyn and Berlin, Germany. Her practice in 16mm film, video, and drawing works with and against the documentary tradition, incorporating innovative stylistic techniques to emphasize issues of truth, misunderstanding, and personal history. Her projects look closely at the ways in which social machinations are reflected in the smallest fragments of daily life. In her films, Perlin often combines handwritten text and drawn images, embracing the technical flaws of analog technologies.

Visual Arts Resident Maia Chao will lead a workshop on applause and host a participatory open-mic reading of acceptance and rejection letters. Guests will be invited to read aloud their own acceptance/rejection letters, emails, texts, or just listen.

Maia Chao is an interdisciplinary artist from Providence, RI who works in video, performance, sculpture, and social practice. Her work has been shown at the Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown Art Museum, Brown University, RISD Museum, Tufts University, Parsons School of Design, and The Shed. She has received residencies and fellowships from Haverford College, the Fine Arts Work Center, and was named a Van Lier fellow by the Asian American Arts Alliance in NYC. Chao is co-founder of Look at Art. Get Paid., a socially engaged artwork sponsored by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. A Fulbright grantee, Chao holds a BA from Brown University and an MFA from RISD. Currently, she is artist-in-residence at Pioneer Works and teaches sculpture at RISD.

Quenton Stuckey and collaborators will share songs from an album recorded during his Pioneer Works Music Residency in October 2019.

An only child is the musical alias of dancer and vocalist Quenton Stuckey. Originally from New Orleans and the son of a preacher, Stuckey’s work is based on childhood memories and desire. He has worked with choreographers Gerard & Kelly, Sarah Kinlaw, Amy Gardner, and Ryan McNamara. An only child has performed at venues such as MoMa PS1, Wythe Hotel, and Secret Project Robot.

In 2017, he choreographed a work featuring six dancers at the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum and self released “Imaginary Friend EP.” He has also danced for institutions such as the MoMA, The Whitney Museum, The Phillip Johnson Glass House, and Mana Contemporary. Quenton is currently a member of the Rod Rogers Dance Company.


Pioneer Works at Ace Hotel New York
Ace Hotel New York and Pioneer Works join in creative arms to foster artistic communities across bridge and borough. Drawing inspiration from utopian visionaries like Buckminster Fuller and radical institutions like Black Mountain College, Pioneer Works makes an occasional home at Ace Hotel New York to showcase inventions, artworks, and transformations through a series of events, workshops, and performances.