NYC Audubon on Governors Island 2020


[b]Nolan Park House #17 on Governors Island [/b]Nolan Park House #17 on Governors Island

We're excited to announce that NYC Audubon will be back on Governors Island starting in August! Due to Covid-19 safety measures, things around Nolan 17 will look a little different this year. We'll still be hosting artists in residence inside the house, but unfortunately we will not be able to welcome you into the space. Instead, our staff will be available on our porch to talk birds and bird conservation. We'll even be handing out Governors Island bird lists if you want to enjoy a bit of self-guided birding. If you're planning to visit, be sure to reserve your ferry tickets by clicking here

NYC Audubon's artists in residence are still using our space to make nature-inspired art. Our artists for the 2020 season are:

Autumn Kioti

Cyanotype on fabric with firefly flash patterns

Cyanotype on fabric with firefly flash patterns

Autumn Kioti has been NYC Audubon's artist in residence at Governors Island since 2017. She uses the natural world as an inroad to tell stories, to address environmental and social justice issues. She uses everything from garbage scavenged from beneath the Amtrak tracks in the Bronx to David Attenborough animal documentaries in the creation of two and three-dimensional art and installation, as well as programming and performances. Her goal is to address issues of environmental conservation and preservation, and engage with communities to demystify the work in both the art and the environmental world. This season she's using cyanotypes, a photographic printing process, to explore ideas surrounding climate change and mental health.

Zach Lombardi

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Zach Lombardi is currently interested in creating functional objects for animals. This concept manifests itself as both tools and furniture. As a designer, he considers the specific needs and wants of each animal when making a piece. Just like making things for humans, the objects must be both functional and aesthetically compelling.

These tools can be made to solve actual problems that a specific species is currently facing. Sometimes they encourage a simple, friendly gesture between human and animal. The tools may have "magical" properties, or at least, abilities not based in modern science. 

The furniture Zach creates for these animals must function visually, but also serve its intended purpose. How each creature sits, perches, hangs, and burrows all influence the final design. Hopefully, the animals would agree that each piece is a comfortable and beautiful addition to their lives.


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