Get in as much car free biking, public art and exhibits as you can this weekend as Governors Island closes on Sunday. The Island will re-open in May.

Don’t miss the last weekend to visit Governors Island this season! We conclude our 2012 public season on Sunday and will re-open on Memorial Day weekend in 2012.

Below is a sampling of this weekend’s great events.

Special Events

Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30: Open Studios at Building 110: LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island, 12 pm – 5 pm
LMCC’s artist studios currently host more than 20 artists-in-residence who have been working in diverse media including drawing, painting, installation, sculpture, performance, and new media. Stop by Building 110 for LMCC’s Open House, and visit LMCC’s artists in residence on Governors Island!

Programs All Weekend Long

4heads Art Fair: All September weekends, 11 am – 6 pm
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.

Better Than Jam Pop Up Shop, Governors Galleries

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 Saturdays 12 – 4.

Transforming Function at Building 110: LMCC’s Art Center, 12 pm – 5 pm
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.

Children’s Museum of the Arts Free Art Island Outpost Program, 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!

Earth Matter Compost Learning Center, 12 pm – 4 pm
Head to Picnic Point 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, Pearl and Browser!

Visit 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 roof tour.

In The Governors Galleries

Street Math Investigations Presents Mü-Math: The Mobile Unit to Promote Mathematical Thinking
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 all ages.

ICP Occupies Governors Island: Exhibiting Powerful Images from the 99 Percent: 11:30 am – 5:00 pm
To mark the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street (OWS), the International Center of Photography (ICP) 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.

Painting Governors Island: 10 am – 6:30 pm
An exhibition of en-plein-air watercolor and oil paintings exploring the island’s unique setting. The harbor, the industrial Brooklyn waterfront, the New York City skyline, and the bridges are all wonderful motifs from this inspiring location. The island, with its strange mixture of buildings, both utilitarian and historic, is in itself a fascinating subject. Each artist reinvents the island through their own eyes, finding surprising memorable images. While caring about the motifs, these paintings are not merely depictions, but rather personal, painterly truths about the island.

Process: 5th Annual Sculptors Guild Exhibition on Governors Island: 10 am – 6:30 pm
Curated by Mikaela Sardo Lamarche, and featuring work from members of the Guild and an invited guest artist, Faith Rinngold.

Empire Historic Arts Fund Presents the Fashion Exhibit: “Tattered and Torn” (On The Road To Deaccession): 10 am – 6:30 pm
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 offers them as an amazing resource to people interested in the design and construction of 19th century costume.

Get the full list of all programs and events!




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