Want to see modern art paired with a view? Board a ferry to Governors Island


Governors Island is an ideal day trip for artistic inspiration. Its offshore location, nature walks, incredible skyline views, and historic buildings make you think you’ve traveled back in time to another part of New York. And from May, you can add even more real art to it all – the Arts Center on Governors Island will reopen next month with an exciting line-up of eclectic works.

Appropriately, given the past two years, this season’s exhibitions focus on ideas of healing, with pieces offering the public a range of perspectives focused on dealing with our individual and collective experiences, and how we could find ways of recovery. Featured artists include Amy Khoshbin and Jennifer Khoshbin, Elissa Blount-Moorhead and Bradford Young, and Simon Benjamin.

We recommend visiting the growing number of galleries open to the public – which you can now visit via a free year-round ferry service. Here are three amazing exhibits that open May 29 and are free to explore until October.

Amy Khoshbin and Jennifer Khoshbin“Sun Seekers”

May 28 – October 30, 2022

Friday-Sunday, 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

July – August: summer Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Open Memorial Day (May 30), July 4, Labor Day (September 5)

sun seekers, created by sisters Amy Khoshbin and Jennifer Khoshbin, is a collection of immersive installations, sculptures and performances intended to promote healing by disconnecting from technology and reconnecting with the natural world.

Elissa Blount-Moorhead and Bradford Young“Return and Song”

Organized by Nanette Nelms

May 28 – October 30, 2022

Friday-Sunday, 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

July – August: summer Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Open Memorial Day (May 30), July 4, Labor Day (September 5)

Presented for the first time in NYC, Back and song is a meditative four-channel film and art installation that reflects on how the search for health drives how life, breath, joy and pain manifest in the black experience of the cradle to grave.

May 28 – October 30, 2022

Daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

July – August: summer Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Open Memorial Day (May 30), July 4, Labor Day (September 5)

LMCC proudly presents the first American installation of Pillars by an artist of Jamaican origin Simon Benjamin. A new iteration of Dioramaan interactive video and installation presented for the first time at the Biennale du Ghetto 2017 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Pillars continues Benjamin’s investigation of people in the African diaspora and their evolving relationship with the sea.

photo: “Sun Seekers”

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