Pioneer Works

Pioneer Works Pioneer Works is a non-profit foundation in Red Hook, New York City that fosters multidisciplinary creativity in the arts and sciences. Pioneer Works was founded by artist Dustin Yellin who purchased a colossal brick building in Red Hook in 2010.MissionPioneer Works helps produce creative work and social change.

Collaboration between the arts and sciences is critical, and through exhibitions, performances, and publications, Pioneer Works exhibits an open vision of the world. In-depth participation is encouraged through residencies, classes, and lectures.Since arriving in New York over a decade ago, Yellin had developed his career from scratch—but not in a vacuum. His progress was aided by continual exposure to the work of other talented artists and intellectuals. Though Yellin was continuing to establish his reputation, his artistic aim was to improve the culture as a whole, and he sought to provide a place where a variety of talented thinkers and artists could readily converge. He purchased the building, and, in June 2012, Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation first opened its doors to the public.Program initiativesExhibitionsThe exhibition program revolves around an expansive, spectacular main space that acts as a major exhibit hall. There are also several smaller enclosed exhibition spaces for special projects.Exhibits reflect Pioneer Works’ collaborative ethos, and the program is not driven by a single curatorial voice.Curators from a variety of backgrounds may work together on single exhibition. Featured work displays a broad theoretical range, successfully uses a variety of media, indicates willingness to experiment with content and process, and challenges prevailing cultural models.Pioneer Works attempts to show work without regard to an artist's reputation or standing in the art community. Exhibitions are not necessarily driven by financial gain. This helps those involved avoid the negative effects and pressure often associated with art made primarily for profit.


New York, NY


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