Opening September 19, 2019, LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island is the first permanent home for artists and audiences on Governors Island.

Work created and presented at the Arts Center focuses on ecology, sustainability and resilience related to Governors Island and New York City at large.

The 2019 Fall season includes exhibitions by internationally renowned artists Yto Barrada (with special guest artist Bettina) and Michael Wang, as well as The Take Care Series, a fall public program that reframes art curation as a mindful practice stemming from the concept of care.

A welcoming hub for artists and community engagement, LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island hosts a broad range of events—including Open Studios, performances, events, workshops, and more—to convene artists and the public in an ongoing exchange of ideas and creative practice.

All events and programs are free and all are welcome. For more information, visit LMCC.net.

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Exhibitions

Yto Barrada: The Power of Two Suns
With special guest artist Bettina
September 19 - October 31
Thursday through Sunday, 12pm-5pm
Upper Gallery, LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island
Yto Barrada reflects on our individual and collective reactions to the onset of disaster–can solace be found in the power of solidarity? Through documentary abstraction channeled through clear lines, simple shapes and reduced palette, Yto Barrada imagines a quieter beginning.

Michael Wang: Extinct in New York
September 19 - October 31
Thursday through Sunday, 12pm-5pm
Lower Gallery, LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island
The gallery becomes a greenhouse, a sanctuary of care, and a time capsule for the city’s extinct flora in Michael Wang’s reverent Extinct in New York.

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The Take Care Series
Ecology, sustainability, diversity and the need to care for and protect one another and our planet are at the core of The Take Care Series.

Through events and participatory programs for all ages, The Take Care Series offers audiences an opportunity to experience the art, explore one’s own creative potential and carry the work beyond the island.

The Take Care Series takes place every Saturday afternoon. All events are free and all are welcome.

Saturday, September 21
Workshop: House of Trees, Word on the Street
Studio A4, Upper Level, 2-5pm
Let your voice be heard! Drop in to create a banner that speaks to your thoughts and hopes related to the climate emergency. Part of Our Future Festival NYC, a Governors Island-wide festival addressing climate change.

Talk/Performance: Jérôme Bel, Isadora Duncan
Studio A2. Upper Level, 2-3pm
A choreographer discusses working towards a creative response to the climate emergency in conjunction with an excerpt of his final work in a series of portraits of dancers, Isadora Duncan with dancer Catherine Gallant. Capacity for this event is limited. RSVP is required.

Saturday, September 28
Workshop: Yto Barrada’s The Power of Two Suns
Lower Studio, 2-5pm
Drop into a hands-on creative workshop designed by a teaching artist in response to underlying themes in Yto Barrada’s exhibition The Power of Two Suns.

Workshop: Michael Wang’s Extinct in New York
Lower Studio, 2-5pm
Drop in to a hands-on creative workshop designed by a teaching artist in response to underlying themes in Michael Wang’s exhibition Extinct in New York.

Sunlight Graffiti with Olafur Eliasson’s Little Sun Lamps
Studio B6, Lower Level, 2-5pm
Make your mark in this interactive activity, in which light becomes a tool to effect change. Drop in anytime between 2-5pm to make graffiti out of light and have you and your ephemeral creation captured by our photographer.

Saturday, October 5
Event: Tatfoo Tan, New Earth Ceremony
Studio A2, 2-5pm
Artist Tattfoo Tan invites you to join him in a ceremony to ground, engage and make space for yourself within the greater universe. Capacity for this event is limited. RSVP is required.

Workshop: Tatfoo Tan, Portable Altar
Lower Studio, 2-5pm
Artist Tattfoo Tan prepares objects and offerings for the public to choose from and create personal boxes that become portable altars that visitors can carry with them beyond the Art Cetner, to bring peace and focus to the heart.

Saturday, October 12
Performances + Workshops: Pathway to Paris
Throughout Arts Center, 12-5pm
Activist organization Pathway to Paris curates a day of workshops, discussion and poetry in the Art Center to help raise consciousness surrounding the urgency of climate action, and offer solutions to turning the Paris Agreement into action.

Open Studios with LMCC’s Arts Center Residents
Upper Studio, 12-5pm
A behind-the-scenes look at the wide-ranging practices of our artists in residence. The artists will be present to discuss their work throughout the afternoon.

Saturday, October 19
Workshop: Yto Barrada’s The Power of Two Suns
Lower Studio, 2-5pm
Drop into a hands-on creative workshop designed by a teaching artist in response to underlying themes in Yto Barrada’s exhibition The Power of Two Suns.

Workshop: Michael Wang’s Extinct in New York
Lower Studio, 2-5pm
Drop into a hands-on creative workshop designed by a teaching artist in response to underlying themes in Michael Wang’s exhibition Extinct in New York.

Workshop: Movement with The Floor
Studio A2, Upper Level at 12:30pm, 2pm and 3:30pm
Part of Open House New York
12:30-1:30pm- Self Care
2-3pm Open Pilates Mat
3:30-4:30pm- Self-Care
Take time to care for yourself by participating in these movement-based classes. Each class has a limited capacity and requires an RSVP to secure a space.

Saturday, October 27
Performance: Anne Mourier, Taking Care Laundry
Lower Studio, 2-5pm
Over the course of the performance, Anne Mourier invites the audience to drop in and help honor domestic rituals of care and tradition around washing and preparing clothes.

Workshop: Embroidery with Iviva Olenick
Lower Studio, 2-5pm
Learn the beautiful art of embroidery in this drop in workshop so that you can breathe new potential into old and worn clothes, giving them a second, embellished life.

Workshop: Block Printing, With Love from Rajasthan
Lower Studio, 2-5pm
Remake your clothes into exciting new favorites using traditional Rajasthani wooden blocks as well as modern designs carved by artisans in Bagru, a small Rajasthani village dedicated to textiles and the art of block printing.

Hours
Thursday 12:00 pm — 5:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm — 5:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm — 5:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm — 5:00 pm