The Take Care Series at The Arts Center at Governors Island

The Take Care Series at The Arts Center at Governors Island

The Arts Center at Governors Island is closed to the public until May 2023. Thank you for joining us at The Take Care Series on July 16, August 20, September 17 and October 15-16!

The Take Care Series offers audiences of all ages an opportunity to actively engage in performances, workshops, talks, and other interactive events that embrace ideas of caretaking. This series of free public programs aims to find artfulness in the everyday by exploring creative practices and community projects that emphasize care for ourselves, our communities, and our planet.

Through performance, workshops, talks, and Open Studios with our artists-in-residence and partnerships with local arts and cultural organizations, we explore creative practices and different ways to care for ourselves, our communities, and our planet and world around us. Past partners have included Little Sun, The Climate Museum, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Earth Celebrations, the poet Asiya Wadud, and many others.

All exhibitions and events in The Take Care Series are free and open to all. We welcome anyone who is interested in engaging with the creative process and connecting directly with artists.

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The Arts Center is also home to working artists all year long. For more information about our Arts Center Residency on Governors Island, click here.

Past Events

In 2019, we presented the first edition of The Take Care Series, a fall public program that reframes art curation as a mindful practice stemming from the concept of care. Workshops included Jérôme Bel on Isadora Duncan,Olafur Eliasson's Little Sun Sunlight Graffiti, a talk with Soul Fire Farm on Farming While Black, a performance of Anne Mourier's Taking Care Laundry and more.

In 2021, we presented the second edition of The Take Care Series every Third Saturday from July - October. Events included Little Sun: Fast Forward Screening, The Climate Museum: Envisioning a Climate-Safe Future, Jazz at The Arts Center: Curated by Jazz at Lincoln Center, Amy Khoshbin and Jennifer Khoshbin: Sun Seekers, Earth Celebrations: Natural Dye & Eco-Printing Workshop,Asiya Wadud: we touched the boat to bless it as well as monthly open studios with our Arts Center Residency artists.

In 2022, we presented the third edition of The Take Care Series focused on themes of healing.

Saturday, October 15

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Amy Khoshbin and Jennifer Khoshbin:
The Sun Seekers Induction


Westfield World Trade Center, 185 Greenwich St, New York, NY

On Saturday, October 15 at 3 pm, the Oculus transforms into an immersive world for healing and connecting with the sun, our environment, and our bodies.

The story of the Sun Seekers, originally conceived by Iranian-American sisters Amy Khoshbin and Jennifer Khoshbin,  is told by an ensemble cast of performers, dancers, and musicians. The Sun Seekers Induction is an hour-long participatory performance based on a fictional sci-fi narrative tied to our indoor, on-screen life co-written by Yuliya Tsukerman and choreographed by Danielle Russo, featuring performers Mercedes Searer, Ching-I Chang, Malcolm McMichael, and musicians Alex Koi and Jon Panikkar.

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Sunday, October 16

Amy Khoshbin & Jennifer Khoshbin, The Sun Seekers Induction Ceremony, photo by Barbara Hermor

Amy Khoshbin and Jennifer Khoshbin
Sun Seekers


Upper Gallery, The Arts Center at Governors Island

Become a Sun Seeker! Heal from the burnout, detach from your phone (Wreck-tangle), and connect with yourself, each other and the natural world. Engage with the large-scale sensory sculptures in the Sunport to awaken senses left untapped in the Wreck-tangle world – enter the sun and be reborn!

This Sun Seekers Induction is also an hour-long participatory performance co-written by Yuliya Tsukerman and choreographed by Danielle Russo, featuring Sun Seekers Mercedes Searer, Ching-I Chang, Malcolm McMichael, Alex Koi and Jon Panikkar.


Open Studios with Arts Center

From 1-5pm
Artist Studios, Upper Level 

Connect with LMCC's Arts Center artists-in-residence at Open Studios! Visit artists in their studios, where they will share works-in-progress as well as offer hands-on and engaging activities for attendees.


2022 Session Three Artists-in-Residence :

Sue Huang & Jonah King 
Anna Rinzo
ManSee Kong
Priscilla Aleman 
Alexis Almeida
Maria Ylvisaker
Ohan Breiding
Julia Taszycka
Lu Lyu
Lisa Crafts
Sarah Nicholls
Becca Albee
Ralph Farris
Carolyn Monastra

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Mapping you: exploring the neighborhood of self
with the Hand Drawn Map Association

Where do you feel most you? Kris Harzinski, founder of the Hand Drawn Map Association, led participants in a map-making project aimed to identify and explore places of individual comfort and self-care. Participants mapped their personal neighborhood by identifying spaces where they feel closest to their true self. This included an expanded understanding of neighborhood to explore spaces not only around the corner but also beyond conventional boundaries including those existing in memories, the imagination, and the world at large.

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Open Studios with Arts Center

From 1-5pm
Artist Studios, Upper Level 

The Open Studios events are great opportunities to connect with LMCC's Arts Center artists-in-residencies! Visit artists in their studios, where they share works-in-progress as well as offer hands-on and engaging activities for attendees.

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Damien Davis & Marisol Martinez
Fastening Narratives

Studio A4, Upper Level 

Artists Damien Davis and Marisol Martinez led an art making workshop centered around meditation, oral histories and narrative building. Visitors built soft sculptures where personal history, storytelling and collaborative play produce open-ended results.

Simon Benjamin: Pillars, photo by Gregory Gentert

Simon Benjamin
Artist Talk

The Café at The Arts Center at Governors Island

Artist and LMCC alumni Simon Benjamin discussed his multimedia installation Pillars at The Arts Center at Governors Island. Simon discussed his artistic inquiry into the relationship between the people of the African Diaspora and the sea and his research while in residence at Governors Island and Fishers Island. After the talk, audience members were be invited to write a postcard to a loved one featuring a special edition photograph that Simon has created for The Take Care Series. Moderated by Lindsay LeBoyer, LMCC Exhibitions Associate

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City of Water Day: Oyster Carnival at LMCC
with Billion Oyster Project

July 16 from 1-4pm
Studio A4, Upper Level 

On July 16 from 1-4pm, we celebrated City of Water Day with LMCC and Billion Oyster Project! We followed the flow of an oyster’s life with a variety of carnival games to learn about the importance of oysters in the city’s ecosystem, the life cycle of an oyster, and other marine organisms we find in our neighborhood. 

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Health & Safety

At this time, we continue to require face coverings for visitors age 4 and older, regardless of vaccination status. To request an accommodation based on a medical condition or disability, please email Rosemary DeMarco at prior to your visit. LMCC will continue to closely monitor guidelines from Governor Hochul and the CDC as they are released. According to the CDC's Community Level Guidelines, New York is at a Community Level Low.