Hey Neighbor is a series of one-on-one conversations between artists-in-residence on Governors Island live-streamed from the tranquil porches of Nolan Park. A partnership with NARS Foundation, 4heads and BEAM Center and supported by Governors Island. All talks will be on zoom.
Hey Neighbor will take place over five weeks, The Porch Series brings together artists who work in close proximity but might never bump into one another. For one, because of the nature of individual practices, and two, out of respect to social distance. Artists are invited to discuss ideas and feelings that have surfaced while creating artwork in the midst of monumental turbulence. For some artists, it’s the first time they will meet one another. For others, it’s an opportunity to reconvene and check in. Their dialog is unscripted and emergent.
Artists have always been in the business of recording history and creating reason – What happened before? What’s happening now? Why? They have the power to disrupt malignant ideology and restore vitality and imagination to the public commons. They wade into that which is unsettled and work to reconcile it. When societies are lost in uncertain darkness, artists can be beacons that guide. For these reasons and more, we are grateful for this opportunity to listen and reflect with artists working from Governors Island in the Summer of 2020.