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Underground Ammunition Chambers Turning Into Galleries On Governors Island

By Irene Plagianos | September 4, 2015 4:41pm | Updated on September 7, 2015 8:29pm

GOVERNORS ISLAND — Six cavernous brick chambers, once filled with military ammunition, will soon be home to experimental videos, sound installations, and other quirky art on Governors Island.

Photo Credit: Ed Grant

The subterranean space at historic Fort Jay, originally built in the late 1700s, has become part of the Governors Island Art Fair — a month-long event that gives 100 emerging artists room, mostly in former military housing, to exhibit their work.

The festival, sponsored by nonprofit arts group 4heads, runs Saturdays and Sundays through September.

Visitors are encouraged to meander through the hundreds of sculptures, paintings, drawings and installations on display inside old military homes, within Fort Jay, and outside, along the grassy fields.

Photo Credit: Ed Grant

“Our idea is to create the experience of 100 solo exhibitions that engage with and invigorate the historic spaces of Governors Island,” said Antony Zito, 4heads’ co-founder, in a statement.

“We are also thrilled to expand to Fort Jay, thanks to the efforts of the Governors Island National Monument — the masonry spaces with their arched ceilings and massive creaking doors lend themselves to a range of interpretations, and we are excited by the interactive installations and complex sculptural works that will fill and enliven those spaces.”

All artwork is up for sale, organizers said.

For more information, head to the 4heads website.