Presented by Creative Time, Governors Island, and Times Square Arts, The American Manifest is Charles Gaines’s first public art project, unfolding in three parts over the course of two years across three sites — Times Square, Governors Island, and the banks of the Ohio river in Cincinnati. Featuring both performance and large-scale sculptural works, The American Manifest tells the complicated story of the over 400-year settlement of the United States, focusing on the country’s foundations of colonialism, racial capitalism, democracy, and the legacy of Manifest Destiny. Staged in three chapters, The American Manifest begins in Times Square with a performance-based installation and sculptural series of seven Sweetgum trees.
For the 2020 season, The Trust for Governors Island (The Trust), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) and 18 cultural organizations with space on Governors Island join forces to host free residency programs for approximately 115 artists and cultural practitioners that have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis, helping to combat the devastating impact of the pandemic on the NYC cultural landscape.
The Billion Oyster Project began its restoration project off Governor’s Island in June, 2018. This year, we found them supplying oysters to the Hudson River Project. Their mission is to restore oyster reefs to New York Harbor with a billion oysters by 2035.
What would you do if given a two-family house in Colonel Row, Governors Island, with over 12,000 square feet of space? The West Harlem Art Fund took the house and filled it with art made from grass, moss, paper, ceramics, glass and video throughout the entire space, from the front yard to the basement. Early Encounters opening this weekend.