River To River, LMCC’s annual summer festival, was created in the aftermath of 9/11 with the intention to heal and celebrate New Yorkers’ resiliency through the power of art.
For almost 20 years, this principle is the driving force behind our festival that remains free and open to all to this day.
Responding to the challenges of this present moment, LMCC and the founding partners of River To River have reimagined River To River 2020. We have invited four artists who explore social practice to create new works for New Yorkers as we navigate these uncharted waters together.
These projects have been reconfigured to channel important artistic voices to wide-ranging audiences with projects that start through virtual connection and lead to moments of physical presence, and public artworks that can be witnessed in open spaces over time.
Click on the images below to view each project.
River To River 2020: Four Voices is curated by Lili Chopra and Nanette Nelms in partnership with the founding partners of the festival.
Begins July 9
Various locations throughout the Seaport District
Asiya Wadud invited participants to create a collection of poems reflecting on current times, which artist Shannon Finnegan has brought to the city’s windows →
The Last Straw
Begins July 13
Winter Garden at Brookfield Place
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Jean Shin asks viewers to consider our collective use of plastic and its catastrophic effects on our world →
Blessing of the Boats: River To River
Begins July 9 online
August 15 from 10am-8pm
August 16-August 18 from 10am-7pm
Belvedere Plaza, Battery Park City
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Muna Malik welcomes us to imagine what new society we want to build and what actions can help us make this reality →
100 New Yorkers
Begins September 2020
22 screens across the Westfield World Trade Center campus
Mona Chalabi creates an ode to New York City that visualizes the diversity of people that form the heart and soul of the city we know and love. →