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“A Portrait of Marina Abramovic”, by Matthu Placek, September 25th - 28th 10:45AM – 5:30PM (6:30 on Sat-Sun),  Fort Jay. 
A 3D film installation by Matthu Placek will make its highly anticipated New York City opening within Fort Jay, a national monument on Governors Island. The moving portraits extend Placek’s ongoing pursuit to immortalize his subjects’ past, present, and future in a single composition. Shot in one take and without dialogue, these short films offer rare, uninterrupted moments with subjects as they interact with symbolic surroundings. 3D cinematography enhances the intimacy of the vignettes, further collapsing the space between the viewer and the subjects’ essential natures. The installation is FREE and open to the public by appointment.  Reservations can be made for free at

Governors Island Kite Festival, Presented by Brooklyn Artery, September 27th, 11AM-4PM, Parade Ground. Brooklyn ARTery gift shop and gallery is launching our first kite festival on Governors Island to celebrate the final weekend of the season with a fabulous family event. Bring, purchase or create your own kite with the collaboration of the Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA). Enjoy live music from Bombay Rickey, a Brooklyn-based band and enter a raffle packed with arts and recreational classes for kids and adults, season passes to CMA, Governors Island, and Prospect Park Alliance and more! If you haven’t been to Governors Island yet, this is your LAST CHANCE to visit for the season - so come fly a kite!  Music, refreshments and fun for the whole family.  All activities are FREE!

September 20 – 28 (except the 22), 12 AM – 4 PM, Souvenir by Rachel Tess, Presented by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Nolan Park, St. Cornelius Chapel
Tess’ Souvenir is a project that investigates the relationships between architecture and choreography and choreographer and audience. The work more specifically explores the concept of a mobile architecture versus pre-existing institutional structures and how this design may impact the making and viewing of performance. In Souvenir, audiences are intended to explicitly experience the space, frame, bodies, and movement as simultaneously separate, related, and interactive elements.
Friday – Sunday. September 26 – 28 12 AM – 5 PM, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council presents OPEN STUDIO WEEKEND,
Join LMCC for Open Studio Weekend. From September 26–28, we’ll highlight arts activities at four unique sites, Governors Island, Pier 42 on the East River Waterfront, Battery Park, and 125 Maiden Lane (our Lower Manhattan office building) and invite you to get to know the artists who are working there. See full schedule here.

Saturday and Sunday, September 6-7 and 27-28, Dysfunctional Theatre presents "Summer to Your Heart, Building 8 B, 11 AM to 5 PM
"An immersive experience based on the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay. Wander across the green lawn, songs on the porch lead into rooms full of poetry and scenes from the life of a woman who capture love, defined feminism and shaped the 20th century." Features special performances every hour with poems and songs throughout the day.



National Park staff and available and facilities are open 5 days a week, Wednesday - Sunday. On Mondays and Tuesdays, the national monument grounds are open and outdoor exhibits are available at Castle Williams and Dock 102.

Explore Castle Williams - Wednesday through Sunday. Courtyard open 10 AM till 5:30 PM. Tours on the half hour from 11:30 AM till 4:30 PM. About 30 minutes. Get some history in the round at the best-preserved circular fortification in the nation. The courtyard is open and tickets are required for rooftop tours (tickets are free).

Experience Fort Jay: An Island Star! - Wednesday though Sunday. Tours at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm, 30 minutes. Fortify your mind! Tour one of the best examples of classic star-shaped fort design anywhere in the country, including the oldest structure on the island.

Hike through History - Wednesday through Sunday 2:30 PM at Soissons Dock. About 90 minutes. See the whole history of the island in one go. Our most comprehensive program takes you to nearly every highlight in the historic district. No tickets or reservations required. Visitors should be prepared to stand for a full 90 minutes and walk a distance of about 1.5 miles.

Ranger's Choice - Saturday and Sunday 1:30 PM. Meet at Soissons Dock for a 60 minute tour.



Art in Odd Places @S_Interventions, September 13–28, Colonels Row 403
Art in Odd Places (AiOP) celebrates its 10th Anniversary with a mini-retrospective, "Art in Odd Places: The Artifacts—selected ephemera," at Spontaneous Interventions. The organization, founded by Ed Woodham, strives to reclaim public space for artistic intervention. AiOP has organized free talks and a workshop, Sat. and Sun., September 13 and 14, 1:30-4:30. The programs preview AiOP's annual festival, which takes place along the full length of Manhattan's 14th Street each October.  

Hidden Beneath Our Feet ~ Working Archaeology on Governors Island, A Self Guided Walking Tour, Every Day  
Many archaeological findings on Governors Island are thanks to infrastructure improvements. It’s not archaeology vs. development, it’s archaeology because of development. Take a self guided walking tours of sites of interest on the Island. Pick up a brochure in the Battery Maritime Building, Building 110 or the Governors Island Alliance welcome tents.  

Hidden Beneath Our Feet ~ Working Archaeology on Governors Island Exhibit, Building 110
Many archaeological findings on Governors Island are thanks to infrastructure improvements. It’s not archaeology vs. development, it’s archaeology because of development. Take a self guided walking tours of sites of interest on the Island. Visit Building 110 to see what has been unearthed on Governors Island.

Trade Practices. Open Studio August 30-31 4PM – 6 PM. Performances Throughout September, in Pershing Hall. 
An immersive site-specific experience that examines the notion of “value” against the backdrop of the booms and busts of the past decade. The audience does more than watch; they become players of an economic stage, as a fictional currency company evolves from family business to public corporation. Performances: 12:15 PM event start Aug 31, Sept 1, 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21;3:30 PM event start Sep 3, 10 ; 3:45 PM event start Sept 1, 6, 7, 14, 20, 21 

Hidden Beneath Our Feet ~ Working Archaeology on Governors Island. Through September, Artifact Display in Building 110. Tours from Soissons Landing.
Many archaeological findings on Governors Island are thanks to infrastructure improvements. It’s not archaeology vs. development, it’s archaeology because of development. Come learn about archaeological work done in conjunction with construction. Tours are 9/5 at 11 AM; 9/10 at 1 PM; and 9/19 at 11 AM.

A.I.R. Gallery presents "If These Walls..." August 30- September 28, Friday – Sunday, 11 AM – 6 pm, Building 5B in Nolan Park
At first glance, this house might go unnoticed. Her pale yellow complexion and worn skin falsely tell the story of her lively and lyrical interior. We’re excited to have 27 amazing women add to her unique spirit, filling her walls with a new collective narrative.

Eyebeam Presents “Eyebeam Off-The Grid” August 2 – September 29, Friday – Sunday, 12pm – 5pm, Building 15 in Nolan Park.
Seven Eyebeam artists, whose creative practices are intimately intertwined with emerging technologies, will spend two months working in an environment that feels as though it is from another era. Eyebeam Off-The-Grid is a project to critically investigate cultural change and emergent technologies within a situation far outside the urban comfort zone of wired high-speed life. The island is without a dedicated internet connection or much cell phone coverage and is accessed only by ferries which run on the hour. It is the perfect place for Eyebeam to go unplugged.

Envision the Dream Artworks by Seniors, Friday-Sunday, September 6 to 21, 10 AM to 6 PM, Building 10A in Nolan Park
Eleven senior artists will exhibit work in group and solo exhibitions in all media. Because the art world tends to focus on new and upcoming artists or established artists often mid-career senior artists find themselves overlooked by the mainstream media. This exhibition will draw attention and recognition to a diverse group of talented senior artists working in both traditional and non-traditional styles.

What's Happening on Governors Island: May 24-September 28 (Every day), Building 110
Visit the interactive exhibit in Building 110 to learn more about Governors Island's new park and public spaces and The Hills as they are under construction. Visitors are invited to use Post It™ notes, markers and stamps to provide their feedback about what's happening on the Island.

Empire Historic Arts Fund presents: "Tattered and Torn (On The Road To Deaccession): May 24-September 28, Building 20A in Nolan Park (Weekends), Building 20A in Nolan Park
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 believes their inherent beauty and value is easily recognizable and that they are a great resource for those interested in the design and construction of late 18th and 19th century garments.

Children's Museum of the Arts Free Art Island Outpost Program: May 24-September 28 (Weekends, 11 AM to 3 PM), outside of Building 14, Nolan Park
Join CMA's Teaching Artists for free hands on art-making each weekend. Collaborate with other visitors on a variety of themed art workshops including painting, sound design, sculpture, animation, podcasting, and more!! For more information visit

Earth Matter Compost Learning Center: Saturdays and Sundays, 12-4 PM, Fridays by pre-registration, Enter at the Park Oval
Earth Matter NY seeks to reduce the organic waste misdirected into the garbage stream by encouraging neighbor participation and leadership in composting. Visit the Compost Learning Center, located at the Urban Farm, to learn about composting or take a tour of their variety of composting methods and devices. Families welcome. The Center's schedule is: 12-1:00 pm: Animal Care (Meet lively animals and learn how they are part of the compost cycle!), 1:00-2:00 pm: Special Activity (These range from hands-on activities to special demonstrations), 2:00-3:00 pm: Help us make Daily Compost!

Sculptors Guild presents “Transformation”: May 24-September 28, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 11 AM to 5 PM, Building 19 in Nolan Park
This exhibition encompasses six separately themed shows as well as outdoor work.

The Poetry Society of New York presents The Typewriter Project: May 24-September 28, Historic District
The Typewriter Project is a series of site-specific literary installations which encourage users to go analog. The project's pilot vessel is New York City's tiniest writing den--just big enough for a seat, a desk, a typewriter, and you! The typewriter booth allows both seasoned scribes and first time typists to come inside and join in a citywide lyrical conversation. Every written entry will be collected, stored, and posted online for users to read, share, and comment upon. Look for the rustic, wooden booth situated on Governors Island with a commanding view of the Statue of Liberty.

Better Than Jam Handmade Gift Shop, May 24-September 28, Mondays, Fridays, Weekends, Building 16 in Nolan Park
The Brooklyn shop of all locally handmade products will be taking the ferry ride over, and bringing with it the creations of New York City's most talented designers, artists and crafters. The cute yellow house will be filled with the work of talented people, who have created some amazing and original products, just for the island shop. With the help of the Etsy New York Street Team, the shop will also host family-friendly demonstrations and workshops on Saturdays 2-4, to show and teach visitors some of their skills. For more information visit

Mu-Math: The Mobile Unit to Promote Mathematical Thinking, Saturdays, Sundays, Memorial Day and Labor Day, 1 PM to 6 PM, Building 20, Nolan Park
Mu-Math, the Mobile Unit to promote Mathematical Thinking, returns to Governors Island for its third year in a row. Featuring a dozen different mathematics investigations ranging from algebra to topology, the exhibit is appropriate for the math curious beginning with age 7 and ending with those who consider themselves "ageless." We'll be open Saturday, Sundays and holiday Mondays from 1 - 6 pm in Building 20, Nolan Park. You can read more about Mu-Math, as well as our weekday "Mu-Math Investigations" programs at

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Presents LMCC's Arts Center at Governors Island, 11 AM-6 PM, Building 110
LMCC's Arts Center inspires visitors to the Island by connecting them to artists, new ideas and perspectives, and other art-lovers to demonstrate the role that artists play in creating vibrant, sustainable communities. Building 110, located on the Northern coast of Governors Island, is home to LMCC's Arts Center where key concepts and topics of the moment are explored, year round, in studios during artist residencies, and through curated gallery exhibits during the public access season for visitors to the Island.

Trisha Brown Dance Company Presents Embodied Practice and Site Specificity Gallery Exhibition, Fridays and Sundays 12 PM to 5 PM, Saturdays 10 AM to 5 PM and holiday Mondays 12 PM to 5 PM, LMCC's Arts Center at Governors Island
Embodied Practice and Site-Specificity looks closely at Trisha Brown's early work, collaborative practice and relationship to New York City, showing the transformative effect of her performances on audiences and her significant influence on a new generation of artists. The exhibition will also be open June 20-29: Monday-Friday 12-5pm, Saturdays 10am-5pm, Sundays 12-5pm for the River to River Festival.

LMCC's Open Studio with Aki Sasamoto and a canary torsi / Yanira Castro, Saturday, August 23, 1-5 PM in Building 110
For more information, visit LMCC.

Open Studio with Superhero Clubhouse, Saturday, September 20, 2PM
For more information, visit LMCC.

Open Studio Weekend, Friday, September 26-Sunday, September 28 in Building 110

Brooklyn Artery, All Season, Nolan Park Building 10B
Brooklyn ARTery offers one-of-a kind, affordable and fine quality handmade gifts from artisans from throughout the world. Stop by for beautiful handbags, jewelry, artisanal food, housewares, scarves, beauty products and more!  Each Saturday from 2-4pm they offer a free DIY arts drop-in class. Sundays from 2-4 stop by for delectable tastings of local artisanal cookies, candies and other sweet and savory snacks. Also announcing The ARTery Gallery, upstairs from the shop, featuring a rotating exhibit of professional artists. See links to their websites for sneak previews! or 347-425-7770

Third Rail Artist Residency, Open Studios, Outdoor Rehearsals, Performances and Workshops, select weekends and times, Building 17
Third Rail Projects invites the public to have a window into their creative process of their touring project Roadside Attraction, a mobile site-specific dance/theater work for 6 performers and a 1970's Coleman pop-up camper. Third Rail Projects will host open outdoor rehearsals, open studios, public workshops, and performances throughout the summer. Open studios on 6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 6/29, 12-5pm; Open Studios: 7/5, 8/2, 8/22, 9/13, 1-5pm; 9/16, 9/17, 10 - noon; Workshops: 7/23, 8/2, 1-5pm; Performances: 7/6, 2pm & 4pm; Invited Showing: 9/18 through 9/21, noon - 6pm. For more information visit

Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good, May 31-September 28, Colonels Row Building 403
Spontaneous Interventions is an award-winning exhibition that celebrates innovative citizen-initiated actions to improve the public realm. The show originated as the official U.S. representation at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale (2012). This summer S.I. takes up residency on Governors Island, presenting a condensed version of the original exhibition, an "outdoor living room" designed by the Rockwell Group, and free programs all summer. Visit for more information.

The International Center of Photography presents Capa in Color: July 3- September 28, Thursday-Sunday, Nolan Park Building 4
This summer at Governors Island, ICP presents a selection of photographs by Robert Capa from the exhibition Capa in Color. It also includes a preview of the upcoming ICP exhibition Sebastian Salgado: Genesis, opening September 19.

7th Annual Governors Island Art Fair, weekends in September, 11 AM to 6 PM
Indulge your curiosity by exploring the abandoned military barracks of Governors Island Art Fair, 100 rooms of painting, photography, sculpture, installation, video and sound art. Run by artists, for artists, New York's largest independent exhibition enters its 7th year this fall. Once again GIAF organizers, 4heads, have sifted through a sea of creative proposals from New York and around the world, giving 100 of the best a full room each, in which to wreak havoc as they see fit. Can't wait until September? 4heads' Artists in Residence keep their studio doors open all summer on the island. Get your culture fix on Governors Island - there's enough art here to start a new country.

ArtShare for HeartShare, Weekends in September, 11:30 AM to 5:30 PM
This exhibition showcases the talents and creative abilities of artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and neurological impairment.