House Fest

Fri Aug 5, 2022
11:00am to 6:00pm ET
6 and up

Governors Island hosts a weekend-long creative celebration that features free dance and music performances, outdoor installations, interactive workshops, open studios, panel discussions, and more.

Register online in advance for activities.


Por­tal House
On view August 5 – 7
Colonels Row Build­ing 408A
A group show fea­tur­ing eight emerg­ing and mid-career artists in res­i­dence at 4heads whose work reflects a spec­trum of artis­tic genre and media, from paint­ing and draw­ing to sculp­ture and sound.

Eliza Evans hosts All the Way to Hell
August 5 – 7, 12 – 4pm
Nolan Park Build­ing 11
All the Way to Hell is giv­ing away min­er­al rights to as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to help dis­rupt frack­ing on a small prop­er­ty in Okla­homa. More than 7,000 peo­ple have joined this new form of envi­ron­men­tal resis­tance. Through mass par­tic­i­pa­tion, All the Way to Hell cre­ates an oppor­tu­ni­ty to turn the priv­i­lege and pow­er of min­er­al own­er­ship against itself to resist fos­sil fuel extrac­tion while express­ing rad­i­cal care for peo­ple and envi­ron­ments that may be geo­graph­i­cal­ly and gen­er­a­tional­ly dis­tant.

The Car­pet Series, Pigeon­wing Dance
Fri­day, August 5, at 5pm & Sat­ur­day, August 6, at 2pm
Colonels Row, Gov­er­nors Island
A pop-up per­for­mance that is rich in detail, com­plex­i­ty and vir­tu­os­i­ty, all tak­ing place on and around a 5×8 Per­sian carpet.

Moon, Syd­nie L. Mosley Dance
Fri­day, August 5, at 6pm & Sun­day, August 7, at 3pm
This 7‑minute struc­tured impro­vi­sa­tion engages the audi­ence to dance with per­form­ers. The chore­og­ra­phy embod­ies trust and part­ner­ship and builds an over­all sense of com­mu­ni­ty in the per­for­mance space.

Emo­tion­al Bag­gage Cart in progress
Sat­ur­day, August 6, at 11am
Colonels Row Build­ing 406B
Spend time with The­da Sandiford’s Emo­tion­al Bag­gage Carts – ves­sels for unre­solved emo­tion­al bag­gage relat­ed to racial trau­ma. Each recov­ered shop­ping cart is woven with fab­ric, para­cord, yarn, tulle, rib­bon, fish­ing nets, pom poms, pony beads, zip ties, LED lights and more.

WRITE NYC: Street Lab
Sat­ur­day, August 6, at 12pm
Nolan Park
Street Lab’s pub­lic writ­ing room comes to Gov­er­nors Island for one day only. The porch of Nolan Park Build­ing 6 is stocked with sup­plies, type­writ­ers, and oth­er tools and mate­ri­als for writ­ing on the fly.

Nation­al Acad­e­my of Design Sum­mer Res­i­den­cy House­warm­ing
Sat­ur­day, August 6, 12 – 6pm
Nolan Park Build­ing 7B
Nation­al Acad­e­my of Design’s sum­mer res­i­den­cy kicks off with a pub­lic house­warm­ing. Meet the artists in res­i­dence, explore stu­dio spaces, and enjoy light refresh­ments. Artists in res­i­dence include Hugo Basti­das NA, Jim Osman NA, Ed Smith NA, Eliz­a­beth Demaray, Dianne Smith, and Michael Kel­ly Williams.

Pic­nic with Red Flower Col­lec­tive
Sat­ur­day, August 6, at 1pm
Colonels Row Build­ing 404A
Red Flower Col­lec­tive pre­pares a tast­ing menu pic­nic, free and open to the pub­lic.

NADA House Clos­ing Recep­tion
Sat­ur­day, August 6, at 2pm
Colonels Row Build­ing 403
New Art Deal­ers Alliance (NADA)’s 2022 edi­tion of NADA House on Gov­er­nors Island clos­es on August 7 – join a clos­ing recep­tion to cel­e­brate the sea­son.

Dance Par­ty NYC
Sat­ur­day, August 6, at 3pm
Nolan Park, Gov­er­nors Island
Part of The New York Pub­lic Library’s sum­mer pro­gram, Dance Par­ty NYC is a joy­ous city­wide fes­ti­val that takes place at more than 80 venues across the city – includ­ing in Nolan Park on Gov­er­nors Island, with per­for­mances from Brook­lyn Unit­ed March­ing Band and Brass Queens, tunes from DJ Agua­pan­ela Mami and DJ Yung Mayne, food trucks, and a beer gar­den from Threes Brew­ing.

Trans Jus­tice Fund­ing Project Ben­e­fit
Sat­ur­day, August 6, at 4pm
Colonels Row Build­ing 404A
Flux FAc­to­ry hosts a ben­e­fit for Trans Jus­tice Fund­ing Project fea­tur­ing music sets by Eri­ca Dawn Lyle (Biki­ni Kill, Art in Amer­i­ca), Gav­ilán Ray­na Rus­som (LCD Soundsys­tem), Eri­ca Freas, Sulynn Hago, Amelia Jack­ie, Kate Slauter.

Tri­an­gle Arts Open Stu­dios
Sat­ur­day, August 6, at 5pm
Colonels Row Build­ing 405A
An event fea­tur­ing in progress from Tri­an­gle Arts artists in res­i­dence, includ­ing pieces by Slinko, Sal­ly Lelong, Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow, Ariel Klein­berg, and Eric Ramos Guer­rero.

Porch Life, Urban Bush Women
Sat­ur­day, August 6, at 6pm
Nolan Park Build­ing 7A
A work-in-progress sec­tion of Haint Blu, an ensem­ble dance-the­ater work from Urban Bush Women that is seeped in mem­o­ry and mag­ic. Known as the col­or that South­ern fam­i­lies paint their front porch­es to ward off bad spir­its, Haint Blu uses per­for­mance as a cen­ter and source of heal­ing, tak­ing us through move­ment into still­ness and rest: remem­ber­ing, reclaim­ing, releas­ing, and restor­ing.

APOC­AL­ITZIN, dance to the peo­ple
Sat­ur­day, August 6, at 7pm & Sun­day, August 7, at 2pm
Colonels Row
An epic dance the­ater piece set in a land­scape of envi­ron­men­tal cri­sis fol­low­ing the adven­tures of its epony­mous hero­ine, a futur­is­tic hybrid of human and plas­tic, descend­ed from the Mex­i­ca (Mēx­i­hc­ah) peo­ple. The piece tells a sto­ry of pos­si­bil­i­ty and trans­for­ma­tion, cel­e­brat­ing and explor­ing the peo­ple and val­ues that can help to cease and repair the dam­age soci­eties inflict on nature and those liv­ing at the mar­gins of cap­i­tal­ism.

Elec­tropix­el 12 – Nature and Cities
Sat­ur­day, August 6, at 7pm
Nolan Park Build­ing 10A
An out­door per­for­mance of sound art and live cin­e­ma that includes the sounds of nature and lis­ten­ing in dif­fer­ent cities around the globe. Fea­tur­ing per­for­mances by Ben Owen, Solar Return, Jen­ny Pick­ett, Julien Ottavi and the Hor­spiel Machine.

NARS Satel­lite Open Stu­dios
Sat­ur­day, August 6, & Sun­day, August 7, 1 – 5pm
Nolan Park Build­ing 5B
Fea­tur­ing work by Tielin Ding, Mary Evan­ge­line Guadalupe Rubi, and Jes­si­ca Duby (Cura­to­r­i­al Fellow).

Change­mak­er Sta­tion
Sun­day, August 7, 2:30 – 4:30 PM
Nolan Park Build­ing 18
An inter­ac­tive hub for civic cli­mate action, where vis­i­tors can learn how to raise their voic­es and take tan­gi­ble actions in their com­mu­ni­ties.

With the Sea: Cli­mate Art, Sci­ence, and Human Con­nec­tions to Sea Lev­el Rise
Sun­day, August 7, 1pm
LMCC’s Arts Cen­ter
A pan­el dis­cus­sion and live Q&A that explores sea lev­el rise, our embod­ied rela­tion­ships with water, cli­mate jus­tice, and advo­ca­cy in NYC. Mod­er­at­ed by Anais Reyes, Senior Exhi­bi­tions Asso­ciate at the Cli­mate Muse­um.

Sil­ver Fleece, William Hook­er
Sun­day, August 7, 3pm
Nolan Park Build­ing 10A
A suite for the ​“out­doors” – com­posed of six parts which fea­tures orig­i­nal com­po­si­tion and impro­vi­sa­tion. Fea­tur­ing William Hook­er, drums/​composer, On Kaa Davis, gui­tar, Hans Tam­men, gui­tar, Jair Rohm Wells, bass, David Sol­dier, vio­lin, and Kevin Ram­sey, elec­tron­ics.

VIT­RU­VIAN (excerpts), Jer­ron Her­man
Sun­day, August 7, at 4:30pm
Nolan Park
A solo per­for­mance from Jer­ron Her­man.

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