Governors Island Releases Fall Arts Programming Schedule

The fall season includes an exhibit called “Escapeing Time: Art from US Prisons,” which opens Aug. 27 and explores how society views people who have gone through the criminal justice system. The Bronx Hispanic Festival presents New York’s Latin American Triennial, which explores pre-Columbian art, as well as installations with African and European influences. Flux Factory will host artist-led public programs on the last Saturday of each month, with performances, exhibitions and open workshops. The African Diaspora Museum of Contemporary Art will host an exhibition of mid-career artists whose work relates to social justice. There’s also an art-meets-tech exhibit called Harvestworks: Fluid that features artists working with recycled electronics, virtual reality web frames, immersive sound and image installations.

In addition to seasonal updates, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Arts Center will continue its current season throughout the fall months, featuring an exhibition by Amy Khoshbin and Jennifer Khoshbin, a four-channel video installation by Elissa Blount-Moorhead and Bradford Young and a “participatory sculpture installation” by Simon Benjamin.

Other events on the island this fall include the final free Rite of Summer music festival on September 10 with Sybarite5, the New York City Poetry Festival on September 10-11, and an urban farm tour.

This is the first year that Governors Island, which attracted around 1 million visitors in 2019, will be open to visitors 365 days a year, with ferry service.

“It means people can see all 4 seasons, from sunrise to sunset,” Clare Newman, president and CEO of the Trust for Governors Island, told Crain’s in July. “There are many other ways and opportunities to enjoy what the island has to offer.”

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