159 PIONEER STREET (between Imlay & Conover streets) BROOKLYN
Pioneer Works is a center for research and experimentation in contemporary culture. Through a broad range of exhibitions, performances, arts and science residencies, and educational programs, Pioneer Works seeks to transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries, foster community, and provide a space where alternative modes of thought are supported and activated in tangible ways.
Industry City is on the cusp of a rebirth as a dynamic 21st Century innovation and manufacturing community, one that balances existing manufacturing tenants with those centered on creative and innovation economy fields. The property’s current owners – a partnership of Jamestown, Angelo Gordon and Belvedere Capital, along with Cammeby’s International and FBE Limited – are concurrently transforming ground floor and lower levels into a pedestrian friendly series of shops, showrooms, event spaces and courtyards, loosely organized around themes such as food and food production, children and family, and home goods, while providing ample loading docks and service ground for upper floor innovation economy and manufacturing tenants.
New York artist Donald Judd bought this place in 1969, and over the years transformed the building from an abandoned sewing warehouse full of debris, with thin single paned windows, to a hip artist studio. Judd, famous for his minimalist sculpture in the 70s and 80s, used this space as his primary residence until he moved to Marfa Texas in 1973, and then as a second residence and art space until his death in 1994. Here it has been maintained largely as it was then, simple and monastic, showcasing a few pieces of art. Don't forget to book in advance to ensure space for the 90 minutes visit tour.
The intimacy of Noguchi’s design of the Museum is a fundamental and exceptional part of the visitor experience. The Museum remains a place for the exploration of individual artistic endeavor and creative collaboration through exposure to Noguchi’s wide-ranging practice. To this end, through an active exhibition and public programming schedule, coupled with ongoing education and research projects, the Museum continues to underscore the influence and impact of Noguchi, and positions his work in dialogue with contemporary culture.