Second Sundays

Second Sundays is a free event series presented on the second Sunday of every month. The program features open studios with current artists in residence, live music, exhibitions and participatory programs exploring art, science, technology and education.

Come early for Gallery Dialogues with Maia Cruz Palileo at 3pm.

Food and Beverage by The Good Fork, Dolce Brooklyn, and Pioneer Works Bar.


On View


Gerard & Kelly: CLOCKWORK

Gerard & Kelly: CLOCKWORK is a site-specific exhibition that expands on the artists’ ongoing explorations of intimacy and domestic space within the legacies of modernist architecture. The show will include the premiere of a new performance piece specifically commissioned by Pioneer Works and performed every Saturday and Sunday for the entire run of the show.

*Join us at 6pm for a special performance of CLOCKWORK.

Maia Cruz Palileo: Meandering Curves of a Creek

Through a selection of paintings and drawings, Meandering Curves of a Creek highlights Maia Cruz Palileo’s artistic exploration of her personal identity, cultural heritage, and feelings of multiplicity as a Filipino-American.

Demian DinéYazhi' and R.I.S.E.: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment: A Nation Is a Massacre

Utilizing the artistic style of agitprop activist propaganda, artist Demian DinéYazhi’ brings attention to ongoing acts of violence against indigenous bodies via posters and flyers made at Pioneer Works and Small Editions.

Participatory Programs


Sound Installation by Ka Baird in Studio

Hear a sound installation by resident Ka Baird in the music studio.

Tangram Types in the Design Lab

Learn how to create letterforms using simple geometric shapes called tans.

Designer Denim by Friday Night Fashion Club

Friday Night Fashion Club presents their Spring 2018 fashion line: Designer Denim. Join them in the Classroom to see the debut of their custom upcycled denim jackets.

Wild, Weeds, and Medicine

Discover the wild plants that have migrated to Red Hook from Africa, the Middle East, and Asia during the long history of the neighborhood’s maritime industry. Join us to learn about the uses of these plants and honor their stories by making seed bombs to plant in your own neighborhood.

Tech Lab / VE Lab Open Studios

Visit our newest tech residents Xin Liu, Victoria Scott, and ann tbd to see what they’ve been working on.

Media Lab Open Studios

Our in-house documentation team captures everything that happens at Pioneer Works––check out what they’re working on.

Reanimation!: Film Screening Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

What have we learned from science’s most infamous doctor-patient relationship? For the bicentennial of Frankenstein, seven animation teams worked with scientists, writers, engineers, physicists, and an archaeologist to create animated short films that explore the lasting impact of Mary Shelley’s famous work. This project was produced by Massive for Arizona State University in partnership with MIT Press and The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The films will run continuously in the Science Studios.

CLOCKWORK performance

Corresponding to the movement of light across the floor at sunset, CLOCKWORK revolves around a “clock”—a set of gestures synced to the numbers on the face of an analogue clock (12 in front, 6 behind, etc.). Over time, the performance embodies a metronomic, meditative quality, connecting space and memory to temporalities outside of modern clock time.

Solar and Star Gazing with Amateur Astronomers Association

Join the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York in the garden for an interactive look into the sky. *Weather permitting*




Riobamba is an Ecuadorian-Lithuanian producer, DJ, and cultural activist based in Brooklyn. Riobamba’s rowdy, deeply researched live sets reflect back nightlife’s power as a site of joy and resistance, amplifying connective tissues between YouTube clips, dembow brujería, bodega soundtracks, and noise hyperreality.