The Lilac Arts Series, a contemporary art exhibition aboard the historic ship Lilac, will run through August 15, 2015 and focus on three themes inspired by the ship’s story – “Steam”, “Work + Labor” and “Restoration/Reinvention“. The visual art exhibition will feature the work of over 25 artists within the ship’s unique spaces, including several site-specific installations. The exhibition and events are free and open to the public.
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Lilac was built in 1933 and is America’s only surviving steam-powered lighthouse tender. Lilac is currently being restored as a unique vehicle for maritime education and community activities and is berthed at Hudson River Park’s Pier 25.
Performances, artist talks, film screenings, readings, community activities and educational events will accompany the exhibition. The schedule is available at www.lilacarts.org.
Artists and collaborators include Gisli Bergmann, Alex Branch, Clakula, Jillian Clark, Jim D’Amato, Kara Daving, Willem Davisz, Brendan Fernandes, Basia Goszczynska, Kerry Hassler, Rhys Hecox, Kyle Hittmeier, Ryan Josey, Karen Lee, Aaron McDonald, Jackie Mock, J.R. Narrows, Amanda Nedham, Nisa Ojalvo, Lavinia Roberts, Saul Robbins, Barry Rosenthal, Aaron Schraeter, Chad Stayrook, Ebbe Sweet, Hilary Wang, Karin Waskiewicz, Jenny Wong-Stanley, AMAH Industries, The Difficult To Name Reading Series, Green:Inspired:Art, Horyou, Nouveau Classical Project, PointB and The Secret Opera.
Lilac’s hours are Thursdays, 4-7 pm; Saturdays, 2-7 pm; Sundays 2-7 pm and additional hours for special events. Admission is free. Lilac is located at Hudson River Park’s Pier 25 (West Street, cross at N. Moore Street) in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood.
Photo provided: Jenny Wong-Stanley’s “The Web” (2014); courtesy MW Projects.