Transforming Function features artists who—by excavating the fields of technology, science, architecture and/or design—re-purpose theoretical tools, virtual platforms, and formal techniques to inform their diverse conceptual and aesthetic investigations. Our direct relationships, whether concretely or abstractly, to these fields are developed inevitably while navigating daily life in both physical and online environments. The artists in this exhibition, by creating works that re-imagine purpose, urge us to develop relationships to these environments that extend beyond passive consumption. By adapting uses and subverting functions, the artists de-familiarize or reveal something new about these tools, platforms, and techniques. The artists then use them to generate a deeper understanding of the fields themselves through re-contextualization or, alternatively, exploit them to explore the complexities and construction of personal, social, and political narratives. The resulting work takes many forms, including sculpture, photography, audio, video, and new media offering new perspectives and approaches to viewing, listening, experiencing, and interacting.

Image credit: Whitney Browne, Transforming Function at Conrad New York


Artists featured at Building 110: LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island include John Andrew, Leah Beeferman, Ingrid Burrington, Kabir Carter, caraballo-farman, Blake Carrington, Timothy Hutchings, Simone Leigh, Anna Lundh, Esperanza Mayobre, Sarah Oppenheimer, Parallelograms, and Claudia Weber.

Artists featured at Conrad New York include luciana achugar, Leah Beeferman, Blake Carrington, Timothy Hutchings, Simone Leigh, and Esperanza Mayobre.

All of the artists in Transforming Function have participated in LMCC’s Workspace or Swing Space artist residency programs where many of these projects were conceived or developed.


Curated by Melissa Levin


Building 110: LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island
On view: May 26 – September 30
Gallery hours: Saturdays & Sundays, 12:00pm–5:00pm
Also open Labor Day, September 3

Conrad New York, 102 North End Avenue
On view: June 28 – December 21
Gallery hours: Tuesdays –Thursdays, 12:00pm – 6:00pm; Fridays & Saturdays, 12:00pm–8:00pm


LMCC’s Public Programs are supported, in part, by Ameriprise Financial, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Charina Endowment Fund, F.B. Heron Foundation, and Lambent Foundation.

LMCC’s Public Programs are also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts.