Art on Governors Island Featured at MCNY’s Newest Exhibit

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Photo: Rob Stephenson courtesy MCNY

Look back at fifty years of public art in the city: including on Governors Island!

Don’t miss the Museum of the City of New York’s newest exhibition, Art in the Open, featuring several pieces of public works displayed on Governors Island. Public art has played a critical role in Governors Island’s transformation as a beloved public space, making works from acclaimed artists Rachel Whiteread, Mark Di Suvero and more accessible to the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers visiting each year.

In celebration of the one-year anniversary of the exhibition #NYatItsCore, the Museum of the City of New York is offering FREE admission through the end of the week! Get a piece of Governors Island during our off season while celebrating other groundbreaking works that have transformed New York City public spaces over the last 50 years.


Governors Island works featured in the exhibit below…

Cabin, Rachel Whiteread, 2016-present

Rachel Whiteread’s permanent installation Cabin on Discovery Hill continues the British artist’s interest in producing evocative sculptures of negative spaces and structures. In this case, atop the edge of Discovery Hill, the artist has sited a concrete cast of the interior of a simple cabin, a place suggestive of retreat and introspection. Sitting modestly on the hillside overlooking New York Harbor, the sculpture creates a sense of contemplative quiet and distance from the bustle of the city across the water. Strewn around the cabin are numerous bronze casts of discarded objects including bottles, cans and other refuse; some of these objects were sourced on the Island itself.

Mark di Suvero at Governors Island presented by Storm King Art Center, 2011-2012

Mark di Suvero’s largescale, spatially dynamic compositions, created using such industrial materials as steel I-beams and salvaged steel, reveal a masterful sense of form, composition, and movement, while also conveying poignant emotion and, frequently, a sense of play. This exhibit was curated by Storm King Director and Curator David Collens and was the largest outdoor presentation of di Suvero’s sculpture to be shown in New York City since the 1970s.

4heads Governors Island Art Fair, 2008

In 2008, the artists’ collective 4heads, in partnership with the Trust for Governors Island and the National Parks Service, holds their first art fair with dozens of participating artists and organizations presented to the public on weekends. Touted as New York’s largest independent exhibition, GIAF welcomes over 40,000 visitors annually in New York Harbor and exhibited over one hundred artists in their 2017 fair. The 4heads collective fosters community by offering space for artists to exhibit, to provide arts-education for the underserved and to expose hidden culture.