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.

Art Center is Open on Governors Island

Art underway outside the art center at Building 110

Every public access season Governors Island becomes an oasis for the arts — with sculpture, performance and diverse cultural experimentation to be experienced across the Island. As of this spring the opening of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s art center in Building 110 means that Governors Island has resident artists hard at work year round. In the months before public access the artists have been a welcome sight on the quiet Island as they take advantage of the sites, materials and inspiration the Island has to offer in every season. Now, their work and their process can be shared by the public throughout the public access months.

The New York Times highlights the Island art center in a June 1 article entitled, Exotic Isle for Artists, Right in City.

Exhibitions, open studios and performances will be ongoing throughout the season. For more information visit LMCC at  www.lmcc.net.

Governors Island as a Place for the Arts

Thousands enjoy a concert on Colonels Row last summer

Friday’s New York Times City Room blog had a post about Governors Island’s potential to host classical music festivals,  much like  Tanglewood or other famed venues around the country. With its outstanding views of the Statue of Liberty, Lower Manhattan, and New York Harbor, along with  its large, open green spaces, Governors Island is a unique place to experience the arts. 

Over the past few years, Governors Island has become home to a diverse array of cultural activities and programs. The Island has hosted performing arts festivals,  concerts at Water Taxi Beach and on Colonels Row, site-specific dance performances, outdoor public art, and much more. 

"The Wind Nomads" art installation on the Parade Ground was a part of last fall's New Island Festival

As we move forward and prepare for another public access season here, we very much look forward to welcoming even more partners to bring new festivals, programs, and activities to hundreds of thousands of Island visitors.

Lincoln Center Festival Announces Two Major Theater Events on Governors Island

A scene from The Demons, which will be performed on Governors Island this July as a part of the Lincoln Center Festival (photo from lincolncenterfestival.org)

The Lincoln Center Festival announced its line-up of performances today and it includes two major theatre events on Governors Island — the North American premiere of Peter Stein’s 12 hour marathon production of Dostoyevsky’s The Demons (also known as The Possessed) and the North American premiere of Toneelgroep Amsterdam’s production of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Teorema, adapted and staged by Ivo van Hove, whose work was also featured on the Island last September during the New Island Festival.

Performances on Governors Island will begin on July 10 with The Demons. The production is Peter Stein’s adaptation of the 1872 novel inspired by a vision of Russia collapsing under the weight of conflicting ideologies. Performed in Italian (with English supertitles) by a cast of 26 actors, the action of The Demons explores the consequences of a plot by a group of young revolutionaries to murder one of their own comrades. Audience members will watch the performance and will have two short breaks, as well as a lunch and dinner break as a part of the experience.

From July 15-19, Teorema by Toneelgroep Amsterdam will be performed on Governors Island. Teorema is an adaptation of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s novel and film that follow the unraveling of a middle-class family after a mysterious stranger visits and changes their lives forever. Teorema will be performed in Italian with English supertitles.

These performances are just some of the exciting arts and cultural programs that our visitors will be able to enjoy this summer. We will be announcing our full schedule later this spring. In the meantime, to learn more about the Lincoln Center Festival or to get more information about purchasing tickets, click here.

Sculptors Guild Installations

The Sculptors Guild has been out here all week filling the Island with amazing sculptures. Every time I turn around there’s a new piece in an unexpected place! 

Scultors Guild installing artwork on Governors Island

Sculptors intalling a sculpture in Nolan Park

Olafur Eliasson’s The New York City Waterfalls Coming Soon to Governors Island

bernstein associates 2008

Countdown to opening day!

Only 8 days to opening day for 2008.  The island looks spectacular  Just rode the new tram and saw the sculpture being installed in Nolan Park.  There are so many new things this year on Governors Island..the waiting room, bike rental…too many to list.  I’ll post again next week with more info on some of the summer programs.


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