Creative Time

June 1, 2009

Opening June 27, 2009

Reception: June 27, 2-4pm

Governors Island, NYC

Free and open to the public Fridays: 11-4pm; Saturdays and Sundays: 12-6pm
Summer 2009

Work by: Edgar Arceneaux, AA Bronson and Peter Hobbs, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, Adam Chodzko, Tue Greenfort, Jill Magid, Teresa Margolles, Anthony McCall, Nils Norman, Susan Philipsz, Patti Smith and Jesse Smith, Tercerunquinto, Tris Vonna-Michell, Mark Wallinger, Klaus Weber, Lawrence Weiner, Judi Werthein, Guido van der Werve, Krzysztof Wodiczko

Creative Time is pleased to announce its new public art quadrennial: PLOT, taking place on historic Governors Island, and featuring international artists responding to the island with new artworks. The first edition of PLOT, This World & Nearer Ones, is curated by Mark Beasley. The project is produced in association with Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation, the National Parks Service, New York & Company, and the Office of the Mayor. It is made possible by major support from Bloomberg, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Warburg Pincus, and the National Endowment for the Arts among others (see below).

This World & Nearer Ones will intervene in the architectural and natural fabric of the island, transforming its historic buildings and vast lawns, from the iconic Fort Jay to St. Cornelius Chapel through installation, performance, video, and auditory works—inviting audiences to reconsider the island’s past and future.

Creative Time will open 5 buildings not usually accessible to the public, and artwork will activate other historic buildings and the verdant green spaces of the island that was one of the first settlements of the Dutch West India Company back in 1624, a strategic coastal fortification in the early 1800s for the new American military, and home to a 1988 summit meeting between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev. Artists will react to its close proximity to Lower Manhattan’s Financial District, the Statue of Liberty, and Brooklyn and New Jersey’s waterfronts with ephemeral, site-specific works.

The island sits in New York Harbor just off the southern tip of Manhattan and is accessible by a free ferry. Visitors can walk or rent bikes to tour the artwork located across the 172-acre island.

Also this summer, Creative Time will debut the High Line’s first art commission: Spencer Finch’s The River That Flows Both Ways. See for further information.

After 35 years of New York–based projects, PLOT09: This World & Nearer Ones continues Creative Time’s commitment to igniting the cultural development of historic landmarks with ground-breaking art. Creative Time previously presented projects in Coney Island, the Highline, the Battery Maritime Building, the Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage, Grand Central Terminal, and most recently the Park Avenue Armory. Creative Time has worked with over 1,400 of the world’s most dynamic artists in its 35-year history. Creative Time: The Book was published on the occasion of the institution’s 33rd birthday, exploring each of its projects presented since 1974.

This World & Nearer Ones is made possible, in part, by generous support from the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Bloomberg, the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York, as part of the NY400 celebrations; the Danish Arts Council Committee for International Visual Art; Mondriaan Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; Warburg Pincus, LLC; and the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts.

Creative Time is funded through the generous support of corporations, foundations, government agencies, and individuals. We gratefully acknowledge public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency; New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn; and New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane.

Creative Time

Creative Time
June 1, 2009

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