Sometimes it’s nice to get away, especially when it’s summer in Manhattan and the heat just accentuates the smells of the NYC streets. Governor’s Island is a lovely day-trip, just a mere ~10 minute ferry ride from the south of Manhattan. Governor’s island is managed by the national park service and there’s tons of space to picnic, ride bikes and just enjoy some trees and grass. However, there’s even more to the island in the summer Months of May-August.
The May Room
Shantell Martin’s converted chapel, titled - The May Room is an absolute must-see.
The trust that operates the island invited Shantell Martin out in 2018 to create an art installation. She chose this building, which was a Roman Catholic chapel that members of the US army went to during world war II.
“I picked the chapel because it was like the perfect blank, white canvas, but also, I’d been wanting to create a contemplative space for a long time, and that it had been abandoned for over 20 years, and was damaged by Hurricane Sandy, it was a chance to give it a second life.” - Shantell Martin (source)
The NADA House is actually three houses...filled with art from over 100 artists, organized by 66 galleries, non-profits, artist-run spaces, and curators. This is the third edition, put on by the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA).
The theme for this year was “works that directly respond to the complex history of Governors Island’s colonial, military, and political past.” (source)
You can explore all of the artwork in the houses in the catalog here.