When artist Dustin Yellin was inspired to turn an abandoned iron works building in Red Hook, Brooklyn, into the progressive interdisciplinary art space Pioneer Works in 2011, I’m not sure he could have foreseen how much it was going to enhance the art landscape in New York.
Now the Pioneer Works team has opened a new bookstore at 289 Van Brunt Street, a block away from the main converted factory space, that will carry an eclectic selection of magazines, books, and zines that reflect Pioneer Works’ mission to create a space for art, education, and music through the lens of innovation.
Pioneer Works’ biannual magazine, Intercourse that features essays, interviews, poems, and artwork by contributors, many of whom have lectured, taught and/or held exhibitions at the center is available too. Stay tuned for book launches and readings. If they are anything like the other events going on at the home base, then this new bookstore is going to be a new gathering place for the literary and artistically inclined.
I suggest heading to Red Hook this afteroon (Sunday June 28th via the free IKEA ferry from Pier 11 if you are coming from Manhattan) for an array of cool stuff to do. Once off the ferry head to Brooklyn Crab for a lobster roll and a few games of corn hole, check out the new bookstore around the corner, and then at 8pm get your butt to Pioneer Works to see for The Little Black Egg Big Band (otherwise known as Yo La Tengo and friends) who will play with Oren Ambarchi, and an array of jazz mainstays including Susie Ibarra, Daniel Carter, Taylor Ho Bynum, and more, for a blissful summer sundown soirée. Buy tickets for the event here.
See you there!
Yo La Tengo!