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.

Food and Beverage by Grasshopper, Pizza Moto, and PW Bar.

There is limited capacity for the Anthony McCall: Solid Light Works exhibition. Please be advised there may be a short waiting period to ensure the best experience for all visitors. Thanks for your patience.

On View

Anthony McCall: Solid Light Works

Pioneer Works is pleased to present Anthony McCall’s Solid Light Works, opening on January 12, 2018. This exhibition marks the artist’s first institutional exhibition in New York and first time that his vertical installations will be shown alongside their horizontal variants. Requiring over thirty feet of clearance from floor to ceiling, very few New York venues can accommodate these six-colossal works. The epic vertical and horizontal installations will fill Pioneer Works’ monumental main hall, which will be completely blacked out and immersed in haze.

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Shuta Hasunuma: Compositions

Shuta Hasunuma’s Compositions features a selection of new works created both in Japan and during Hasunuma’s Pioneer Works residency in winter 2017. The exhibition is the artist’s first solo exhibition in the United States. It gathers together sculpture and videos centered on sounds from everyday life, which probe the circumstances and frameworks surrounding human existence.

Hasunuma’s sound works center on environmental and electronic sounds and extensive collaborations with diverse musicians including Akio Suzuki, Keiji Haino, and Fluxus member Mieko Shiomi. By mold...Read more

Participatory Programs


Open Studios

Meet our new spring residents during Open Studios: Mary Helena Clark, Louis Fratino, NIC Kay, Autumn Knight, and our special Darkroom Guests from the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art.

Make Your Own Sundials

Celebrate Daylight Saving, and make your own sundial in the Design Lab. If weather permits, we will take our sundials outside to the garden to read them in the sunlight.

Reanimation Library: Kaleidoscope Making

Create your own kaleidoscopes with found images from the Reanimation Library and learn more about the collection housed across the street at Pioneer Books. Then, head downstairs to use them to view our exhibition, Solid Light Works.

Tech Lab / VE Lab Open Studios

Visit our tech residents to explore the artistic realms of Artificial Intelligence and visions of utopic, virtual realities. The VE lab features Lacrymis (2018) by tech resident Jessica Wilson. Lacrymis (2018) is a three-channel video that follows a CG animated cherub’s physical expressions of emotional states. The work is set on the verge of tears.

Matthew D. Gantt: An Echoic Chamber

Experience a ”deconstructed” virtual environment that investigates the relationship between the isolating yet fantastical nature of VR and the physicality of the technology that facilitates it. This project is produced in collaboration with the Pioneer Works Virtual Environments Lab.

Virtual Reality trip to ISS

In anticipation of our visiting astronaut Leland Melvin on March 22, take a trip to the International Space Station, 250 miles above Earth, via Virtual Reality. Experience motion in a zero gravity environment and learn about the experiments and missions performed on the Station. Be sure to join us at 5pm and again at 7pm for a talk on how to make it work in space!

Our VR sets are limited––please make sure to sign up in the Science Studios prior.

Solar and Star Gazing with Amateur Astronomers Association

Join the Amateur Astronomers Association of NY in the garden for an interactive look into the sky.



María Grand and Satya Celeste: Perspephone/HerStory

Saxophonist, composer, and educator María Grand became one of the few fresh and unique voices on her instrument.