Don't miss your last chance to visit Governors Island this season! Have a picnic under a Mark di Suvero sculpture, take in the incredible views on your bike, or participate in an art workshop! We hope to see you here!
Governors Island is open every Saturday and Sunday through September 30, and there is so much to do here! Below is just a sampling of this weekend's great events.
Select Ongoing Exhibits and Activities (All
ICP Occupies Governors Island
Exhibiting Powerful Images from the 99 Percent: August
18 - September 30, 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM. Governors
Galleries To mark the one-year anniversary of Occupy
Wall Street, the International Center of Photography
presents Occupy! The exhibition acknowledges the
relevance of popular protest during this crucial
presidential election year, and celebrates the significant
uses of photography, film, and social media in recording
and communicating the message of the OWS movement.
For more information, visit
PUBLIC SUMMER: Library of Immediacy by SUPERFRONT:
July 21-September 23
The Library of Immediacy outdoor instillation, located
on the Parade Ground, was designed and constructed
by the architectural duo, saA, who are Amy Chang and
Seo Young Shin. The instillation will host an ongoing,
community-curated installation by The People’s Library and
artist collective, DADDY, on weekends from July 21st-September
23rd. Visitors are welcome to bring and take books
to add to the growing collection of this satellite
of The People’s Library. In addition, concurrent with
The Library of Immediacy, DADDY presents #LOANER, a
democratically curated, anecdotal, and didactic display
of objects. Viewers are asked to present and create
wall text for personal items; objects may be loaned
if replaced with a similar object for display.
4 Heads Art Fair: All September weekends
Run by artists, for artists, The Governors Island Art
Fair enters its 5th year this fall as 4heads rally
an exciting and diverse selection of artists from
around the world. Well over 100 independent artists
are selected entirely on the merit of their work
and, once chosen, each is given a room of their own
in which to create an exhibition environment of their
own design. A selection of galleries is exhibiting
in the Fair as well. 4heads “Artist in Residency”
program is also offering open studio viewing beginning
For more information visit www.4heads.org.
Better Than Jam: handmade gifts shop, Governors
Better Than Jam is bringing Governors Island the creations
of New York City's most talented artists and crafters.
Popping up in the Governors Galleries, the shop is
filled with the work of local designers, artists, and
crafts people. Better Than Jam's gift shop allows visitors
to take home a tangible memento from their visit—a
souvenir that was designed and crafted with the island
in mind. With the help of the Etsy New York Team, the
shop will also host demonstrations and workshops on
Transforming Function at
Building 110: LMCC's Art Center, 12 PM - 5 PM, Building
110, LMCC Art Center at Governors Island
The artists in this exhibition, by creating works that
reimagine purpose, urge us to develop relationships
to these environments that extend beyond passive consumption.
Through adapting uses and subverting functions, the
resulting work takes many forms and offers new perspectives
and approaches to viewing, listening, experiencing,
and interacting. Additional programming such as workshops,
demonstrations, and talks to be announced.
Visit the Newly Re-Opened Castle Williams
Visitors interested in visiting the newly
re-opened Castle Williams will have the opportunity
to learn about the history of Governors Island in an
intimate setting led by a National Park Service Ranger,
as tours to the top of the Castle are limited to small
groups. Tickets will be on a first-come, first-served
basis for the Castle and roof.
Visitors can go to the gazebo outside the Castle for
More information on these programs and access can
be found at www.nps.gov/gois.
Mark di Suvero at Governors Island: Presented
by Storm King art Center, Throughout the Island
The exhibition is on view for another exciting season
on Governors Island and includes a soaring new sculpture
and programs for the public to enjoy. The exhibition
is free and installed throughout the Island's public
What’s Happening on Governors Island: Building
110, Upper Level
Visit the interactive exhibit in Building 110 to learn
more about the Governors Island Park and Public Space
Plan and the 30 new acres of park and public space
that are currently under construction. Visitors are
invited to use Post It™ notes, markers and stamps to
provide their feedback on the plan.
Empire Historic Arts Fund presents the fashion
exhibit: "Tattered and Torn (On The Road To Deaccession)”,
An installation of costume de-accessioned
from various museums due to condition issues that make
them undesirable for exhibit in the upper echelon museum
world. Empire Historic Arts takes a different stance
and offer them as an amazing resource to people interested
in the design and construction of 19th century costume.
Children's Museum of the Arts Free Art Island
Outpost Program, Nolan Park, 11 AM - 3 PM
Join the Children's Museum of the Arts Teaching
Artists for new themes and projects each weekend, including
everything from painting and drawing to large-scale
sculpture. Children and families can stop by for hands-on
art for kids! For more information visit www.cmany.org.
Earth Matter Compost Learning Center, Picnic
Point,12 PM to 4 PM
Earth Matter Compost Learning Center is a
place to discover composting, the art and science of
turning food and yard waste into a healthy soil amendment,
rich in the nutrients that plants need to grow. Come
for a fun and free hands on experience and unravel
the mysteries of "black gold" and pet our newest compost
workers - 38 adorable chicks and two kid goats!
Street Math Investigations presents Mü-Math:
The Mobile Unit to Promote Mathematical Thinking,
Governors Galleries, 11 AM to 3 PM
Adults and children 5 and up are invited to immerse
themselves in different styles of mathematical thinking
in ways that are playful and engaging. The 15 New York
City themed installations are designed to offer different
levels of challenge for children and adults alike.