Art Exhibits and Installations
Family Friendly · Cultural Arts
Since opening to the public in 2005, Governors Island has become a distinctive playground for the arts in New York City. Each season, the island’s historic houses are transformed with dozens of art exhibitions. Explore public art throughout the park, including Cabin, a permanent sculpture by British artist Rachel Whiteread nestled in the Hills.
Featured Art Installations Include:
Escaping Time: Art from US Prisons
Open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from noon – 5 p.m. at Colonels Row 410A, Escaping Time: Art from U.S. Prisons uses art to change the narrative and break the stereotype of what society imagines when thinking about the incarcerated.
Taking place at Colonels Row Building 405B (times below), The Art Force 5 uses the accessibility of art and the popularity of superheroes to explore issues of equality, violence, history, community, and empathy. Through a SUNY grant, the Art Force 5 team will serve New York City by engaging communities in community-based art, workshops, Heroes Within craft stations, and Drawn to Diversity art exhibits.
Thursdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Fridays 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Swale at Nolan Park
Taking place at Nolan Park House 15 on Saturdays and Sundays from noon – 5 p.m., Swale is a floating food forest built atop a 5,000 square foot barge, welcoming the public to harvest herbs, fruits and vegetables for free. Swale strives to strengthen the stewardship of public waterways and land, while working to bring awareness to issues of food insecurity. Docked at the Brooklyn Army Terminal this spring and early summer, Swale’s floating food forest will make its way to Governors Island come July.
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