Shandaken Projects Names Artists for Inaugural Residency Program on New York’s Governors Island

(From left) Tourmaline, Kavita Kulkarni, Marie Lorenz, Candystore, and Alicia Grullón.


Shandaken Projects and the Trust for Governors Island have named the New York–based artists who will participate in the first edition of the new residency program Shandaken: Governors Island. The five residents will be given free studio space on the island, where they will spend a year creating works to be presented during Governors Island’s 2019 public season.

Members of the cohort, selected through an open call, are Candystore, a poet, artist, and performer who has recently shown work at LaMama and Dixon Place; Alicia Grullón, who creates performance, video, and photography works inspired by citizen action movements and has exhibited pieces at the Bronx Museum of Arts, Performa 11, BRIC, and the Creative Time Summit; Kavita Kulkarni, a writer, researcher, educator, and NYU Ph.D. candidate; Marie Lorenz, whose work (in part as the creator of the Tide and Current Taxi) often focuses on urban waterfronts and has been shown at MoMA PS1 and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo; and Tourmaline (formerly known as Reina Gossett), an artist and filmmaker who explores the impact of black queer/trans social life and has presented work at MoMA, the Kitchen, the Whitney Museum, MOCA L.A., and elsewhere.

Meredith Johnson, vice president of arts and culture at the Trust for Governors Island, said in a release, “Over the last decade, Governors Island has been a hub for artistic research and experimentation. We are excited to have this amazing group of artists and scholars join our community, expanding the island’s role as a site for artistic production and further rooting our commitment to providing the time and space that is so pivotal for artists in furthering their practice.”

Shandaken Projects director Nicholas Weist added, “We’re very proud to have created crucially needed free studio space for New York City–based cultural practitioners in partnership with the Trust. New Yorkers come to Governors Island from every ZIP code of the city, and we’re excited to bring our residents’ reflections on a local site with a such a unique and important history to these neighbors as well as guests from farther afield.”

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