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Project 59

through July 8
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays
Colonels Row

Project 59’s Exhibition Island Universe focuses on the experience of visiting Governors Island, a unique environment both proximal and distant from NYC. Site specific installations and media works of local and international artists intend to tap into and expand visitors’ perception and anticipation of the elements that make up the surrounding environment.

In the project Island Universe, following the ancient Chinese notion of the five main elements of nature (fire, earth, water, metal, and wood), a group of artists was invited to explore elements of Governors Island: Water, Wind, Light, (Is)land, and People. Transforming the rooms, stairways, and hallways of a house into a series of installations, photo/video presentations, sculptures, murals, and performances, artists broadened the elements of Governors Island to range from its recreational present to the visible landscapes and landmarks in the collective memory of the city’s past. Island Universe invites reflection on the environment of the island and its history, provokes questions about the relationship between the people and nature, and elicits personal memory to form into a narrative within the framing structure of the island. The exhibition Island Universe explores the distinct characteristics of Governors Island, once nearly forgotten by the city’s citizens, which now provide a canvas and space for leisure, memory, reflection and creative transformation. Along with local artists, the exhibition presents a documentation of elements related art by artists from around the globe. While representing different elements of the Governors Island universe, the exhibition becomes itself a universe for a creative community of participating artists.

Project 59, Inc. initiated the BRURAL series, a collaboration between artists and curators from Brooklyn, NY and Ural region (Russia). During the first decade of the 21st century both Brooklyn and Urals were experiencing parallel transformations from relatively “rural” places into hubs of contemporary art. From 2011 through 2016 the BRURAL series provided artists and curators from Russia and the US a platform for interaction and partnership; an opportunity to present their works together and examine two worlds, their relations and juxtaposition.


Monday closed
Tuesday closed
Wednesday closed
Thursday closed
Friday 1:00 pm — 9:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am — 5:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am — 5:00 pm
Getting There
10 Minutes from Soissons Landing 10 Minutes from Yankee Pier
5 Minutes from Soissons Landing 5 Minutes from Yankee Pier