Visitors, the next series of exhibitions comprising Art CommissionsGI, the Trust for Governors Island’s public art program, features the work of nine contemporary artists using multiple artistic platforms including performance, visual arts, interactive technology and written pieces to create experiences for Island visitors. This year the project is curated by Tom Eccles and Ruba Katrib.
Rachel Rose has created different maps that guide a passageway through the island, they are catered to your role within the scene, choose protagonist, sidekick or skeptic, just a few of the characters available. Other participating artists include Darren Bader, Nina Beier , Peter Fischli and David Weiss , Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Ajay Kurian , Aki Sasamoto and Pilvi Takala.
The artists in Visitors descend on Governors Island to create New York City inspired fictions. The historical site of the Island operates as a backdrop that emphasizes the imagined space of the City; it is a location that encourages fantasy and parody, a free space nestled in the harbor between Lower Manhattan and Red Hook, Brooklyn under the watchful gaze of the Statue of Liberty – a place of escape and the imaginary. The artists in Visitors consider this fact through absurdity, cheap tricks, and science fantasy narratives. Through their works, Governors Island becomes an alternate reality, one continuously shifting between its historical past as a military base, current use as a public park, and its potential future.
20 June – 27 September 2015
New York City