Written by Alexandra Laura Stefan for THE ARTISTS FORUM MAGAZINE
Edited by Amos White V for THE ARTISTS FORUM, INC
Photos: Courtesy of LMCC by Gregory Gentert and Barbara Hermor
5 out of 5 stars
THE LMCC 2022 SEASON AT THE ARTS CENTER AT GOVERNORS ISLAND
GOVERNORS ISLAND, NY (May 28, 2022) On a Saturday, March 28th, excitedly curious people began to disembark the ferry to step foot on Governors Island. Immediately on the right, The Arts Center, curated and presented by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), starts to host the first of its early morning visitors for the Grand Opening of The 2022 Season at The Arts Center at Governors Island.
The Arts Center is hosting three exhibitions centered around the idea of healing. I found this to be a complementary experience in contrast to the pandemic’s impact on New York City. As New York gradually molds itself into what life used to feel like, the LMCC invites its guests to reassess themselves — observing where they stand at the intersection of health, technology, nature, and history.
Sun Seekers, created by Amy Khoshbin and Jennifer Khoshbin, explores the impact that technology has had on people’s relationship with nature. As explained by the artists, reality now revolves around a constant process — forgetting and remembering true connection. This colorful and interactive exhibition requires its guests to leave aside their devices, while remembering nature and its eternal healing ability.
Elissa Blount-Moorhead and Bradford Young, the creators of Back and Song, invite their guests to reflect upon healing and art. As stated in the exhibition program, “Back and Song proposes that art and medicine are not separate categories, but are instead interconnected in the quest for well-being among Black people.” Through a four-channel video installation, the exhibition feels like a multi-faceted experience, aiming for a thorough depiction of art as ritual.
Simon Benjamin presents an interactive installation entitled Pillars that aims to express how the sea is connected to Caribbean migrants. Visitors can interact with the installation and watch the moving of the sea, almost completely detaching from the urban chaos and reflect.
The Arts Center is free and open to the public and the exhibitions will be on view through October. If you’re looking for a reassessment of yourself and the changes around us, I encourage you to explore what the LMCC has curated.
For more about Amy Khoshbin & Jennifer Khoshbin’s work, visit: Sun Seekers
For more about Elissa Blount-Moorhead & Bradford Young’s work, visit: Back and Song
For more about Simon Benjamin’s work, visit: Pillars
For more about The Art Center, visit: lmcc-arts-center-at-governors-island
For more about the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, visit: lmcc.net