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Governors Island Opens for a Summer of Exhibits and Events

Hole 2 on the Figment “Bugs and Features” Minigolf Course. Photo courtesy of © 2011 Tes Rivera.
July 1, 2011 - Since reopening in 2002 the offerings at New York City’s largest playground Governors Island have truly blossomed, and this summer will bear even more fruit in the form of art exhibitions, pop-up shops, festivals, vistas and biking for New Yorkers and visitors. So join the club, stretch those sea legs and hop on one of the free ferries to the Island each weekend in July and through September 25.

Events are free and run Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through September 25 unless otherwise noted.

Grassroots art advocates and exhibitors FIGMENT have multiple installations on Governors Island this summer. Their celebrated Minigolf Course returns, and this year’s theme allows players to commune with their insect brethren. The Burble Bup Pavilion, winner of the second annual City of Dreams pavilion competition, invites visitors to lounge and mingle upon plush soil tubes. Last but not least, their sculpture garden is back, and this year includes a 1:1 scale model of a stealth fighter jet covered entirely with Astroturf.

Go Fly a Kite!
Saturday, July 23, 11am
The Governors Island Alliance will provide free kites to visitors to fly on the Parade Ground.

Building 110: LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) presents gallery exhibitions, docent-led tours, open studio events, and performances all summer long. Building 110, a historic Army warehouse next to the Soissons Dock, now houses LMCC's multi-use arts facility—including 20 visual-artist studios, two rehearsal studios and an exhibition space—for the development and presentation of new work in the performing and visual arts.

Mark di Suvero at Governors Island: presented by the Storm King Art Center
This exhibition is the largest outdoor presentation of Mark di Suvero's sculptures to be shown in New York City since the 1970s and includes loans from public and private collections, including a number of sculptures from Storm King's own celebrated installation of the artist's work. The exhibition is located throughout the island's vibrant public spaces.

Rite of Summer Classical Music Festival
Saturday, July 2, 1pm and 3pm
The first ever classical/contemporary music festival to be held on Governors Island kicks off its inaugural season with a series of outdoor concerts. Rite of Spring launches with a performance of Terry Riley's "In C" led by keyboardist/conductor/musical impresario Jed Distler, featuring nearly 40 of New York’s top musicians.

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