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Exhibitions in our galleries at The Arts Center examine themes of ecology and sustainability in our surrounding world. They prompt us to question our understandings and connections between nature and society, and to consider structures of justice and other intertwined systems. Yto Barrada, Bettina, Michael Wang, Yoko Ono, Meg Webster, Onyedika Chuke, and Muna Malik are some of the artists featured at The Arts Center.

Our 2022 current exhibitions and installations include: Sun Seekers, a site-specific exhibition with performances by Amy Khoshbin and Jennifer Khoshbin; Back and Song, a four-channel video installation by Elissa Blount-Moorhead and Bradford Young; and Pillars, a participatory sculpture installation by Simon Benjamin.

The Arts Center at Governors Island is now open to the public Friday through Sunday, now through October 30.

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

Exhibitions

Now on view through October 30

Amy Khoshbin and Jennifer Khoshbin:
Sun Seekers

Upper Gallery at The Arts Center at Governors Island

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.

Elissa Blount-Moorhead and Bradford Young:
Back and Song

Lower Gallery at The Arts Center at Governors Island

Curated by Nanette Nelms

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.

Participatory Installation

Simon Benjamin:
Pillars

The Café at The Arts Center at Governors Island

LMCC proudly presents 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.

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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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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Meg Webster
Wave

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:
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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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2020 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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