The Arts Center at Governors Island opens on Saturday May 6, 2023!

Exhibitions at The Arts Center explore a range of ideas and media with an emphasis on site-specific projects that take the Art Center’s unique location into consideration. Special events take place throughout the Summer in conjunction with each of three annual exhibitions, including artist talks, workshops, and The Take Care Series.

The 2023 exhibition season takes inspiration from LMCC’s long history as a supporter of the arts through the theme of the passage of time. Each exhibition offers different perspectives on the ways in which artists respond to ideas about time such as personal history, the legacies of activism, objects we collect, intergenerational relationships, and more.

All exhibitions and events at The Arts Center are free and open to the public, and all are welcome.

Fri-Sat-Sun, plus Memorial Day and Labor Day
12pm - 6pm
Special late hours:
Saturdays in July and August, galleries will stay open until 7pm

2023 Exhibition Season on view from May 6-October 1, 2023

Where Time Runs Backwards installation image By Daniel Shieh. Photo by Jiajia Wu

Where Time Runs Backwards

by Daniel Shieh
With Chia-Lun Chang and Arleene Correa Valencia

Upper Gallery at The Arts Center at Governors Island

Where Time Runs Backwards is a multimedia exhibition featuring five new site-specific works by Taiwanese-born artist Daniel Shieh. Shieh’s work will be paired with the poetry of Chia-Lun Chang—recipient of LMCC’s 2022 Sarah Verdone Writing Award—and textile works by Arleene Correa Valencia. All three artists draw upon conversations with their parents about aspirations for their children and what becoming American entails. The title Where Time Runs Backwards refers to the artists' means of self-determination—endlessly retracing the past decisions of their families in order to make sense of their future. 


HUNGER by Corinne Spencer


Presented by Allies in Arts

Lower Gallery at The Arts Center at Governors Island

Supporting artists across disciplines, The Arts Center’s Lower Gallery will once again be devoted to film, through a new partnership with Allies in Arts, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting artists who identify as women, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+. In partnership with LMCC, Allies in Arts has curated an exhibition of films and videos celebrating the progress of artists fighting for the liberation of women, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and other marginalized groups over the last half-century.

Artists Featured: Amelia Winger-Bearskin, Andrew Thomas Huang, Le’Andra LeSeur, Anna Parisi, Jacolby Satterwhite, Corinne Spencer, and Joaquin Trujillo

there is nothing you can think that is not the moon By Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky. Installation process image by Jiajia Wu

there is nothing you can think that is not the moon

by Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky

The Café at The Arts Center at Governors Island

there is nothing you can think that is not the moon is a site-specific installation by collaborative duo Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky will transform during the exhibition. The black shed currently houses a collection of glowing replicas of antique and vintage objects, originally gathered for the artists’ ongoing public art project, which has previously been staged as a life-scale mock thrift store on the streets of Washington, Toronto, and Orebro (Sweden).  Each object is created in the form of a handmade lantern, assembled from photographs of objects collected and intensively documented by the artists. They are lit in changing patterns that organize the collection into categories such as type and city of origin. 


Amy Khoshbin and Jennifer Khoshbin:
Sun Seekers

Sun Seekers, created by sisters Amy Khoshbin and Jennifer Khoshbin, is a body of immersive installation, sculptural, and performance work meant to promote healing through disconnecting with technology and reconnecting with the natural world.


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Elissa Blount-Moorhead and Bradford Young:
Back and Song

Back and Song is a meditative four-channel film and art installation that reflects on how the pursuit of health is at the root of how life, breath, joy, and pain manifest in black experience from cradle to grave. The kaleidoscopic installation considers the labor and care provided by generations of black healers—doctors, nurses, midwives, morticians, therapists, and health aides—and their histories of contribution to and resistance from the flawed and discriminatory structures of Western medicine.


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Simon Benjamin:

LMCC proudly presented the first U.S.-based installation of Pillars by Jamaican-born artist Simon Benjamin. A new iteration of Diorama, an interactive video and installation work first exhibited at the 2017 Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Pillars continues Benjamin’s investigation into people of the African Diaspora and their evolving relationship with the sea.


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Meg Webster:

Curated by Alice Russotti, LMCC

Meg Webster’s Wave brings nature inside, using natural materials a vehicle through which to address our relationship to nature, inside and outside of the gallery.


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Onyedika Chuke:
The Forever Museum Archive_Circa 6000BCE

Presented in partnership with Pioneer Works
Curated by Gabriel Florenz

Part of an ongoing project that mines connections between history, archive, knowledge production and power, this iteration is focused on the US carceral system - its starting point and evolution.

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2021 Participatory Project
Muna Malik:
Blessing of the Boats

We have an opportunity to set sail towards a new future. What society would you build and how do we get there?

Through active engagement and participation, this work asks the viewer to think about the society they would like to live within and how they might take steps to help shift it in that direction.

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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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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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2019 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.


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