Life on an Island

May 4 through July 31, 2019. Open hours Fri-Sun, 11am-5pm.
MFA Fine Arts goes to Governors Island for the summer to stage a program of group exhibitions and artist projects by alumni, current students, faculty, invited artists, and partner arts organizations
Curated by Mark Ramos and Alison Kuo

Cycle 1 Exhibiting Artists: Rebecca Adorno, Hanna Alvgren, Eun Young Choi, Boyce Cummings, Shih Chieh Huang, Taezoo Park, Valerie Guinn Polgar, Mark Ramos, Federico Muelas Romero, Heather Renée Russ, and Jeremiah Teipen. Cycle 2 Projects: MFA Brown Art organized by Carlos Rosales-Silva, Marvin Touré, Georgette Maniatis, Leah Dixon, Jennifer Alexandra McDermott, Pedro Mesa, and Ivoire Foreman. Cycle 3 Projects: Regina Viqueira, Zoë Frederick, Dongsuk Lee (DS LEE), Georgia Lale, BombPop!Up, Kaja 'Cxzy' Andersen, Roberto Vega, Hee Sun Shin , and Owen Keogh.

SVA MFA Fine Arts is one of 30 New York based organizations who will host free seasonal programs and exhibitions on Governors Island as part of its calendar of arts and cultural programs for 2019. Presented in the historic former military homes of Nolan Park and Colonels Row, programs will engage visitors of all ages in the visual and performing arts, environmental science and culture. 
Islands exist as multitudes. SVA MFA Fine Arts is interested in engaging artists with the conceptual idea of “Life on an Island” with its multiplicity of meanings.  We are equally as interested in physical geography as we are in the conceptual and metaphoric associations: islands as isolated, islands as tropical paradise, rugged survivalism of castaways, colonialism, rising sea levels, island gigantism, etc. But perhaps, we are most interested in islands as metaphors for contemporary art world(s). As a globally recognized Fine Arts MFA program, we’re fortunate enough to work with emerging artists from all over the United States and the world. This perspective has given us rare glimpses into a vast archipelago of art worlds, unique socio-cultural influences, divergent aesthetic and art histories like islands on a chain. Our program engages the diverse body of our alumni, current students, faculty, invited artists, and partner arts organizations, to make site-specific work, through a series of short residencies on Governors Island, related to the idea of “Life on an Island,” whatever that may mean to them.