Brooklyn, NY 11231
Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation was founded by the Brooklyn-based artist Dustin Yellin in 2012 with an open-ended cultural mission: to present and promote arts and science through exhibitions, residencies, classes, lectures, performing arts, screenings, community events, publications and more.
Pioneer Work's main purpose is to provide a platform for contemporary art, innovation and community. The art and science residencies are integral to the center's identity. Residents are offered the tools and opportunity to experiment and collaborate in a free, autonomous way.
These interactions, help shape the center's identity, which also relies greatly on its actual building at 159 Pioneer Street, in Redhook. Built in 1866, its walls were first occupied by one of the largest machine manufacturers in the United States, Pioneer Iron Works, constructing ships, boilers, tanks, sheet iron, detachable railroad tracks, grain elevators, and machinery for sugar plantations. The building was completely destroyed by a devastating fire in 1881 and rebuilt shortly thereafter. Pioneer Iron Works operated until the middle of the 20th century, after which the site became a storage facility for Time Moving Company - from whom Dustin Yellin acquired it in 2011. A year into the nearly completed renovation, the building suffered the wake of Hurricane Sandy and reemerged in the spring of 2013 with an inaugural visual arts exhibtition by Argentinian NY-based artist Ernesto Caivano.