Rachel Whiteread Visits Governors Island and The Hills

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Artist Rachel Whiteread and team visit Discovery Hill on Governors Island, with Lower Manhattan and New York Harbor in the background. Photo courtesy of The Trust for Governors Island.

Recently, The Trust welcomed Turner Prize winning artist Rachel Whiteread for a chilly but exhilarating site visit to Governors Island. We were joined by consulting curator Tom Eccles and his team at Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies, landscape architects from West 8, and representatives from Rachel’s studio in London and her gallery Luhring Augustine,  here in New York. Why such a crowd? Construction of The Hills, one of which will be the site of a public art installation by Rachel Whiteread, are far enough along to enable the artist to better visualize how her piece will respond to its one-of-a-kind location in the middle of the New York Harbor with spectacular views and a unique maritime climate. Though the lush plantings, paths, and some of the adjacent public spaces will not be complete for another year, the artist’s creative process must begin now in order to dovetail with the complex engineering and construction schedule that the Hills require.

Rachel Whiteread is the second artist that will be featured on Governors Island as part of the newly established  Governors Island Public Art Commissioning Program. The first artist commissioned by the program, Mark Handforth, currently has four sculptures on Governors Island that will be on view to the public this summer.

A Sound Test with Susan Philipsz

Above, Susan Philipsz is listening near and far during a sound test of her piece “Day is Done.” The piece is the first permanent public art commission for Governors Island. The sound test coincided with the opening of MoMA’s first major exhibition of sound art, which features Susan Philipsz’s work, among other artists. You can read a great article in the New York Times about her work on Governors Island, the MoMA exhibition, and sound art more broadly, here.

This Weekend on Governors Island: New York Poetry Festival, NYSCI Designing for Flight, Construction Tours, and More!

Courtesy The Poetry Society of New York

Courtesy The Poetry Society of New York

This weekend (July 27-28) features a diverse array of offerings on Governors Island to satisfy even the most artistic, inventive, and curious minds!  

We are excited to welcome back The Poetry Society of New York for the third annual New York Poetry Festival!  This two-day celebration of NYC’s vibrant poetry community includes over 50 poetry organizations and 200 poets across three stages in historic Colonel’s Row. Visitors will be able to enjoy healthy and delicious food options, a beer garden, the Children’s Festival, and the Poetry Brothel  from 11am to 5pm this Saturday and Sunday.

On Sunday, it’s about to get scientific at Designing for Flight, an exhibit presented by the New York Hall of Science exploring some of the design and science involved in common and exciting forms of flight.  From 12pm to 4pm the Parade Ground becomes the Design Zone.  Bring your own kite (BYOK), enjoy demos by NYSCI Explainers, and experiment with making flying machines at this fun and informative event.

With so much happening on Governors Island, it’s hard to believe that even greater things are planned for the future.  This weekend’s offerings also include two opportunities at a fist-hand glimpse into the ongoing transformation of Governors Island with a Behind the Scenes Hard Hat Tour.  Come by Liggett Arch on July 27th at 11:30am andJuly 28th at 3pm to walk through the construction site of the 30 acres of new park and public spaces at the center of the Island. Children age 7 and above welcome. All attendees must wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes.

Remember, the East River Ferry is a great way to get from Queens, Brooklyn and Midtown to Governors Island. Check the full schedule to plan your next trip!

Other Events This Weekend Include:

  • Fête Paradiso, 10:30am to 6:30pm, Nolan Park: For the first time in the US, a spectacular collection of vintage French carnival rides is open to the public here on Governors Island! The Parisian experience is free to visitors both young and old at this magnifique fairground festival complete with French music and cuisine!
  • Bike New York Classes, Sunday, 11am to 1pm, Buoy Parking Lot: Learn how to ride a bike for the first time or brush up on your basic biking skills with free Bike New York classes on Governors Island. Visit online for details and free pre-registration.
  • Vintage Baseball, Saturday, 12pm to 4pm, Parade Ground: See baseball played as it was at the turn of the last century! Visit the Parade Ground and enjoy America’s pastime the way it used to be played!
  • The Skate Truck NYC, 11am to 6pm, Buoy Parking Lot: The Skate Truck NYC provides roller-skating equipment, helmets and safety equipment to skaters of any age. Skate for fun. Skate for health. Skate for life!
  • Children’s Museum of the Arts, Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 3pm, Nolan Park: Come to Nolan Park for the Children’s Museum of the Arts’ Free Art Island Outpost.
  • Pop-up Library & Outdoor Reading Room, Saturday & Sunday, 12pm – 6pm: Settle in with a good book at the pop-up library and outdoor reading room presented by the Brooklyn, Queens and NY public libraries.
  • FIGMENT Summer-Long Installations, Saturday & Sunday, 12pm – 5:30pm, Parade Ground: All weekend enjoy the interactive Sculpture Garden, artist-designed Minigolf Course, City of Dreams Pavilion, and the Treehouse in the the Parade Grounds.
  • Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Presents Building 110: LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island, 11am-5pm, Building 110: LMCC and its artists-in-residence welcome audience to Building 110′s Gallery and their studios. Discover new artists, engage in the artistic process and simply enjoy the art in this stunning setting this summer. LMCC is also the lead presenter of the River to River Festival, a four- week, multidisciplinary arts festival throughout Lower Manhattan.
  • Better Than Jam Handmade Gifts Shop, 11am to 6pm, Nolan Park, Building 16: The Brooklyn boutique of all locally handmade products brings the creations of New York City’s most talented artists and crafters to the beautiful and historic houses of Nolan Park. This weekend, the crafting gets creative with card making and stamping with S2 Stationery on the Island!

Get the full list of Governors Island exhibits and programs on our website. Looking forward to seeing you on the Island!

This Weekend on Governors Island: 4 Chambers Orchestra, FIGMENT, and More!

Courtesy 4 Chambers

This weekend, on Governors Island, experience a dance performance like never before as Jody Oberfelder transforms the corridors of Governors Island into metaphoric arteries and veins allowing audiences to intimately monitor their own hearts. For reservations, contact: Mercedes@jodyoberfelder.com on or after July 3rd or visit http://www.jodyoberfelder.com/ for more information.

Out on the Parade Ground, the art experience continues with FIGMENT!  The summer-long installations include a Sculpture Garden, artist-designed Minigolf Course, City of Dreams Pavilion and the Treehouse, back by popular demand for the third year.  These expansive and interactive exhibits are appreciated by kids and adults alike, with inspiration taken from  the infinite possibilities of the imagination 

Other Events:

  • Children’s Museum of the Arts Free Art Island Outpost Program: 11am to 3 pm, All Season, Nolan Park
    Join CMA’s Teaching Artists for free hands on art-making each weekend. For more information visitwww.cmany.org.
  • Rising Tide presented by the Sculptors Guild, 11 am to 5 pm, Nolan Park, Building 19
    Almost nine months after Hurricane Sandy, artists across the region are still putting the pieces of their lives back together. This show will acknowledge rising tides of all stripes (political, social, psychological) in the hope of drawing attention to the new forms that result.
  • WWII & NYC: Photography and Propaganda, Presented by the New York Historical Society, 10am to 6:30pm, Nolan Park, Building 18
    This exhibition paints a vivid picture of life in war-mobilized New York, when virtually every industry, institution and home was transformed into a venture to support Allied victory.
  • Terreform ONE: Governors Hook Urbaneering Exhibit, All Day, Building 110
    Check out LMCC’s art center exhibit portraying future innovative architecture, urban design and landscapes. For more information visit: http://terreform.blogspot.com/2013/06/governors-island-lmcc-gallery.html
  • Empire Historic Arts presents Shipwrecked! A History of Maritime Disasters in NYC Harbor, All Day, Nolan Park, Building 20B
    “Shipwrecked!” provides thousands of visitors to Governors Island an inside look at local maritime mayhem using artifacts pulled up from the depths of New York City’s harbors and related sea and sailor materials.
  • Better Than Jam: Handmade Gifts Shop, 11am to 6pm, Nolan Park, Building 16
    The Brooklyn boutique of all locally handmade products brings the creations of New York City’s most talented artists and crafters to the beautiful and historic houses of Nolan Park.
  • Mü-Math: The Mobile Unit to Promote Mathematical Thinking, 11am to 5pm, Nolan Park, Building 20A
    Mü-Math returns for its second summer on Governors Island with a baker’s dozen of “hands on, minds on” brain stumpers designed to engage children from 8 to 80.
  • Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Presents Building 110: LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island,11am to 5pm, Building 110
    LMCC and its artists-in-residence welcome audience to discover new artists, engage in the artistic process and simply enjoy the art in this stunning setting this summer.  For more information visit www.lmcc.net andrivertorivernyc.com.
  • Pop Up Library presented by Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library, and Queens Library, 12pm to 6pm, Green next to Building 114
    Within New York City’s portable outdoor reading room, visitors will be provided with books, children’s programs and learning activities.

For the complete list of programs coming to Governors Island check out our full events calendar and don’t forget to stay updated by following us on Twitter: @Gov_Island.

Governors Island will CLOSED to the public on Thursday, July 4. We will be open from 10 AM – 7 PM on Saturday, July 6 and Sunday, July 7.

See you on the Island!

This Weekend: FIGMENT Festival and Where to See Building 877 Come Down

 

FIGMENT 2012

FIGMENT 2012

Come Out For Figment Weekend!

FIGMENT is back! Come out to the Island this Saturday and Sunday for artist designed miniature golf, the Tree House, the City of Dreams Pavilion and all of the incredible performances, music and art of FIGMENT. FIGMENT takes place all weekend, on both Saturday and Sunday. 

 

Building 877

Building 877

Where Will You Watch Building 877 Implode?

This Sunday, The Trust for Governors Island will implode Building 877, the Island’s largest non-historic building and you have many options to see it live!

The building will be imploded at precisely 7:36 AM and will open up extraordinary views of the Statue of Liberty and make space for 30 glorious acres of new park and public spaces.

Governors Island will be closed to the public during the implosion, but you can still watch the action in person. To see the building come down, head to the Battery or Liberty State Park, or better yet, take a ride on the 7:30 AM Staten Island Ferry from lower Manhattan. Barring any changes in schedule, those travelling on the ferry will get a great view of the event.  For those of you who prefer to watch the excitement in your pajamas, we will be livestreaming this major milestone.

The Trust wants to see what the public sees from its vantage point and invites everyone to follow the event on Twitter (@gov_island) and post pictures on Facebook (Governors Island), Flickr (Governors Island group) and Instagram (@governorsisland). Share your pictures!

Governors Island will open as it normally does on Sunday mornings at 10 AM. 

 

This weekend on Governors Island: Pop-up Library, Bike New York, Skating and More!!

Despite the rain, over 18,000 visitors took the ferry to Governors Island for our opening weekend! Some of our favorite moments are in the slideshow below.

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This weekend, June 1-2, we’re offering more public programs and events for visitors to enjoy! Join us on the Island for:

  • Pop Up Library: The Brooklyn, New York and Queens Public Libraries partner with the Uni Project, New York City’s portable outdoor reading room, to provide books, learning activities, and children’s programs throughout the summer. Visitors will be able to borrow books “in house”, register for library cards, sign up for summer reading, learn more about the Uni, and learn about what’s happening in each of the three New York City public library systems.
  • Bike New York Classes: On Saturday June 1st at 11am, learn how to ride a bike for the first time or brush up on your basic biking skills with free Bike New York classes on Governors Island. For details and free pre-registration visit bikenewyork.org.
  • The Skate Truck NYC: Sunday June 2nd, the Skate Truck NYC will provide roller-skating equipment, helmets and safety equipment to skaters of any age. Skate for fun. Skate for health. Skate for life! For more information visit skatetrucknyc.com.

Check out our full events calendar for our full list of fun, eclectic, and totally unique programs coming to Governors Island this weekend and the rest of the summer.

See you on the Island!!

Governors Island opens this Saturday!

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This Saturday thousands of visitors can officially come out to Governors Island to explore all that it has to offer!
The island wil be open every Saturday, Sunday and Holiday Monday (Memorial Day and Labor Day) through September 29 from as early as 10am to as late as 7pm. With all that time to spend on the island, it would be a shame to miss even one of the amazing events available this season!
Below is a small sampling of some of this weekend’s activities:

    • Stop by the historic houses of Nolan Park for the Better Than Jam: Handmade gifts shop to take home some creations from New York City’s most talented artists and crafters.
    • Join CMA’s Teaching Artists for free hands on art-making.
    • Visit the “Shipwrecked!” exhibit and experience both the history of the island and the surrounding areas through artifacts from public and private collections.
    • Stop by the Parade Ground for the Vintage Baseball event and enjoy America’s pastime the way it used to be played!

And, of course, there is so much more! Check out the full list of events and programs and we look forward to seeing you on the Island.

Announcing the 2013 Season on Governors Island

GIA Family Festival

Governors Island’s summer season is right around the corner.

This year, programming will take place throughout the Historic District while we continue construction on the southern end of the Island.  Ferries will once again bring visitors from Manhattan and Brooklyn, or you can also take the East River Ferry to the Island. Governors Island is open every Saturday, Sunday and holiday Monday (Memorial Day and Labor Day) from May 25 through September 29.

As always, you can bring your own bike to the Island or they can rent one here. We will again be hosting a variety of food vendors each weekend, located in the King Avenue Food Court in the Historic District.

New Programs and Exhibits!

We’re welcoming several new programs to the Island this year, including the New York Historical Society’s  WWII & NYC: Photography and Propaganda, which will paint a vivid picture of New York City life in wartime through photographs, posters, a Victory Garden hands-on activities for all ages beginning July 13th.

The Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library, and Queens Library are partnering with the Uni Project, New York City’s portable outdoor reading room, to provide books, learning activities, and children’s programs throughout the summer. Visitors will be able to borrow books “in house”, register for library cards, sign up for summer reading, learn more about the Uni, and find out about what’s happening in each of the three New York City public library systems.

Bike New York will also offer classes where visitors can learn to ride and brush up on their bike skills.

The highlight of the 2013 season will be a French festival of vintage carnival rides and carousels, opening in mid-July. The festival will take place in Nolan Park. More details about the festival will be released later this season.

Jazz Age Festival

Your Favorites Return!

This year we’re welcoming back some of our favorites including the Jazz Age Lawn Party, FIGMENT’s mini-golf, Tree House and City of Dreams Pavilion, and the Unicycle Festival. The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council will host a series of exhibits and open artist studios throughout the season. Visitors can also enjoy guided programs with the National Park Service, explore Castle Williams and Fort Jay and experience special youth programs.

Summer 2013 in the Historic District 

All programming this summer will take place in the National Historic District. The southern half of the Island, including Picnic Point, will be closed (with the exception of hard hat tours). This will allow us to continue our construction of 30 new acres of park and public spaces, work on the Island’s seawall and potable water pipe, and demolition of non-historic buildings. The closure of the southern portion is necessary to ensure the safety of the public and an on-time completion of these projects, allowing us to improve the island for the next generation.

Biking through the Historic DistrictNew Ways to View Construction Progress!

Those who would like to check in on our construction progress are in luck! There will be a Viewing Platform at Liggett Arch where visitors will be able to see the entire 30 acre construction site. The park and public spaces under construction include lively plazas, a shady botanic forest, two ball fields and expansive lawns. In addition, we will be offering free hard hat tours for the public on the last full weekend of each month.

For a full schedule of events and programs, up-to-date ferry schedules, information on our construction tour program, and downloadable maps, please visit www.govisland.com.

Looking forward to seeing you on the Island!

Images courtesy Arsenic & Old Lace (by Patrick Michael Hughes), the Governors Island Alliance, and istolethetv.

Use Kickstarter to Bring Your Project to Governors Island

Zachary Landsberg's Face of Liberty. Image Courtesy Shaun Hoke

Zachary Landsberg’s Face of Liberty. Image Courtesy Shaun Hoke

We welcome a wide range of projects to Governors Island so we can create unique experiences for our visitors each season. To help expand the projects on Governors Island for the 2013 season and beyond, we have joined forces with  Kickstarter! Kickstarter is the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects. Creators who use Kickstarter are able to make their ideas reality, while maintaining complete creative control of their work. We are committed to hosting any project that gets funding and fulfills our permit requirements. For more information on bringing projects to Governors Island and to download permit requirements, visit our website.

Some of our favorite events were brought to Governors Island using Kickstarter. The Face of Liberty, a replica of the Statue of Liberty’s face, built to scale, sinking into the grass at Governors Island was fundraised through Kickstarter. The Face of Liberty was featured on Governors Island as part of the Figment Festival’s Interactive Sculpture Garden in 2012.

Head In the Clouds Construction Day 3. Image courtesy of FIGMENT

Head In the Clouds Construction Day 3. Image courtesy of FIGMENT

This year, STUDIOKCA exceeded their $9,000 Kickstarter goal to raise money for the Head in the Clouds Pavilion that will be featured as part of the FIGMENT Festival this summer on Governors Island. The architectural pavilion will be made from 53,780 recycled and re-purposed plastic bottles—the same number that is thrown away in New York City in one hour.

Pulblic Art Fund Talk: Susan Philipsz / March 20

Susan Philipsz

Susan Philipsz, Study for Strings, Documenta 13 Courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

Susan Philipsz, aTurner Prize – winning sound artist who will be presenting Governors Island’s first piece of permanent public art when we open the new parks and open spaces this fall, is giving a talk at the New School next week. Get there!

When: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 6:30pm

Where: The New School, John Tishman Auditorium

                66 West 12th Street, NYC (between 5th and 6th Avenues)

Admission: $10; FREE to all students with valid ID and New School faculty, staff and alumni

To purchase tickets, visit PublicArtFund.org

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