A former Army warehouse (Building 110) embedded in the midst of Governors Island’s picturesque landscapes, expansive waterfront views, and unique historic architecture, the Arts Center at Governors Island — with 20 studios for visual artists, two rehearsal spaces for performing artists, and a Gallery space — is for artists and the public alike.
From March to December, the Arts Center is a shared, multidisciplinary space where artists can experience a retreat-style residency just a short ferry ride from the frenetic buzz of the city. While on the Island, artists develop their practice and create new works, drawing inspiration from the unique location, as well as the community of fellow artists-in-residence that forms in the space.
During Governors Island’s public season (Memorial Day Weekend and the end of September), LMCC and artists-in-residence welcome visitors into the Gallery to enjoy an annual exhibition and, during Open Studios events, into the studios to meet the artists and learn about the work taking place there.
During the annual River To River festival, LMCC regularly activates other sites on Governors Island, and welcomes visitors to enjoy live performance and visual art installations in this stunning parkland setting.
The Exterior of LMCC’s Arts Center
The Gallery space, featuring work by David Kennedy Cutler
Guests enjoying Open Studios
Faye Driscoll rehearses
Tere O’Connor’s dancers rehearse
October 2014–May 2015:
To join LMCC for Open Studios and other events on the island in the off-season, please RSVP on the event page so that we can make sure you’re on the list for the ferry, which is does not run on a regular schedule when the rest of the island is closed to the public.
In 2014, Governors Island wasl open seven days a week for the first time. Daily ferries ran from Lower Manhattan and select service was available from Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 (on Saturdays, Sundays, Memorial Day and Labor Day).
Fare: All weekday and weekend afternoon ferries from Brooklyn and Manhattan are $2 round trip for adults. Children under 12 ride for free at all times and senior citizens’ fares are half price. Morning ferries (10:00am and 11:00am) on Saturdays and Sundays are free for all. There is no surcharge for bicycles.
Visitors will be able to purchase ferry tickets at the Battery Maritime Building in Lower Manhattan or at Pier 6 in Brooklyn.
A full ferry schedule is available at http://www.govisland.com.