LMCC's Arts Center at Governors Island – Inaugural Season

LMCC's Arts Center at Governors Island opened to the public on September 19, 2019. It is the first permanent home for artists and audiences on Governors Island.

The 2019 Fall season included exhibitions by Yto Barrada with guest artist Bettina and Michael Wang, as well as The Take Care Series, a fall public program that reframes art curation as a mindful practice stemming from the concept of care.

A welcoming hub for working artists and community engagement, LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island hosts a broad range of events—including Open Studios, performances, events, workshops, and more—to convene artists and the public in an ongoing exchange of ideas and creative practice.

Inaugural Exhibitions

Yto Barrada with guest artist Bettina:
The Power of Two Suns

Yto Barrada with guest artist Bettina reflects on our individual and collective reactions to the onset of disaster– can solace be found in the power of solidarity?

Through documentary abstraction channeled through clear lines, simple shapes and reduced palette, Yto Barrada with guest artist Bettina imagine a quieter beginning.

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Michael Wang: Extinct in New York

The gallery becomes a greenhouse, a sanctuary of care, and a time capsule for the city's extinct flora in Michael Wang's reverent Extinct in New York.

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Inaugural Participatory Project


Yoko Ono: Wish Trees

Situated at the entrance of the Arts Center, Yoko Ono's participatory project, Wish Trees was Ono’s open invitation to viewers to write their wishes on small tags and then hang them on a live tree–creating a living monument to all dreams, big and small.


Ecology, sustainability, diversity and the need to care for and protect one another and our planet are at the core of The Take Care Series.

Through events and participatory programs for all ages, The Take Care Series offers audiences an opportunity to experience the art, explore one’s own creative potential and carry the work beyond the island.

View the full calendar here.

"A New Contemporary Art Space Opens on New York’s Governors Island, Complete With a Yoko Ono ‘Wish Tree'. The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council has debuted the island's first permanent art space."

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