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‘Unknown’ no more: Discovering Staten Island’s fascinating waterways


STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A new photo exhibit opening this weekend will celebrate Staten Island’s waterways and lesser islands.

“Unseen and Unknown: Staten Island and its Islands” opens Saturday at the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art on the grounds of Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Livingston. It’s among the many events on the campus this weekend, including two open houses (see below).

The exhibition by New York photo artist Accra Shepp is part of a larger project exploring more than 40 islands that make up New York City. Curator for the exhibit is Gabri Christa, Snug Harbor’s artistic director.

The exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be an official opening ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday. Admission for the opening day is free.

“In ‘The Islands of New York,’ I am rediscovering New York City’s maritime nature,” Shepp writes in her artist’s statement. “In a city of over 40 islands the waterfront has been until recently all but invisible. By photographing all the islands and the people who live and work there I hope to address the relationship between the urban and a degraded wilderness.”

“Unseen and Unknown: Staten Island and its Islands” will be on exhibit at the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art until June 4. The Newhouse Center is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular admission is $5.

The exhibit’s opening happens as the Harbor opens its doors for a Spring open house on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art.

The day’s events will feature the opening of two new art exhibits: “Stories of Staten Island (SOS): An Installation,” and “Unseen and Unknown.” 

Saturday also marks the inauguration of two new spaces: Snug Harbor Commons Galleries and Snug Harbor Dance Center. There will be an official opening ceremony at 2 p.m. Admission for the day is free. 

At the dance center, two free dance classes will be offered to the community. At 12:30 p.m., BE Yoga will conduct a yoga class, and at 3 p.m., Snug’s PASS/SHARP PA artist Lacina Coulibaly will give a lesson in African dance. Space is limited, so pre-registration for the classes is strongly advised. Please visit Brown Paper Tickets to register 

“This is truly an exciting time for Snug Harbor and we invite everyone with a love of or interest in art and culture to join us to initiate these wonderful exhibits and new spaces where talented young artists with diverse backgrounds and talents will be showcased,” said Snug Harbor CEO Lynn Kelly. 

For more information on all the day’s festivities, visit Snug-Harbor.org.

 


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