Tuesday, July 21, 2009

This World & Nearer Ones

Light projections by Anthony McCall.

NYC's Creative Time has another one of their great projects running this summer. Titled, "This World & Nearer Ones", it consists of installations by 19 artists spread throughout Governor's Island.

Governor's Island was a military base for nearly 200 years. Abandoned in the mid-90's the island is now maintained as a historic site by the State of New York and the National Park Service. Half the island is open to the public, while the south portion is undergoing demolition and redevelopment.

Each time I've gone to New York, Creative Time has never let me down. From a video & installation art show in the base of the Brooklyn Bridge, to Mike Nelson's insane "Psychic Vacuum" show in an abandoned building in the Lower East Side, to the Stephen Powers/ESPO-led transformation of the handpainted signs at Coney Island, Creative Time has led me to explore a lot of great, hidden parts of NYC.

The following pictures show a cinderblock wall from the city of Culiacan, Mexico. The wall is pockmarked with bullet holes linked to organized crime shootings. Artist Teresa Margolles had this wall transported from her hometown to Governor's Island for this show.

A free ferry boat leaves every hour from the Battery Maritime Building, which is next to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal.
Open all summer on Fridays from 11 to 4 pm and Saturday and Sundays from 12 to 6 pm.

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