As a passionate of the NY city arts scene the first post of this blog, I want to recommend these two almost unknown institutions for the general public. These both mind bending places either relate or inspire my artwork: Pioneer works and The morbid anatomy museum.
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.
The organization was founded in 2012 by artist Dustin Yellin and is located in a 25,000 square feet manufacturing warehouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn. After an extensive renovation, the facility now houses artist studios, exhibition and performance spaces, a science lab, a recording studio, and other spaces as needs arise. The floor plan is open and flexible, encouraging a transparent, collaborative environment where international artists, musicians, scientists and educators can co-exist and create together.
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The Morbid Anatomy Museum is a nonprofit exhibition space founded by Joanna Ebenstein, Tracy Hurley Martin and her sister, writer Tonya Hurley, in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. The museum is an expansion of Ebenstein's long-running project, the Morbid Anatomy Library and blog and draws heavily on her experiences with the art groups Observatory and Proteus Gowanus.
The museum is located at 424a Third Avenue in Brooklyn, a former nightclub building the interior of which was re-modeled by architects Robert Kirkbride and Tony Cohn in 2014. In Ebenstein's words, the new space is designed in order to give a home for a "regular lecture series and DIY intellectual salon that brings together artists, writers, curators and passionate amateurs dedicated to ... 'the things that fall through the cracks.'
The space focuses on forgotten or neglected histories through exhibitions, education and public programming. Themes include nature, death and society, anatomy, medicine, arcane media, and curiosity and curiosities broadly considered. The artifacts featured in its rotating exhibitions are drawn from private collections and museums' storage space.
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