Sea Worthy: An Exhibition, Workshops & Excursions

Dearest Margaret:


I am delighted to be writing you from aboard the ocean-going exhibition Sea Worthy, chartered by the respectable companies Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Flux Factory and Gowanus Studio Space. We are due to sail on June 10th, and there is a public reception planned from 6-8 pm at the EFA Project Space to see us on our way.  It has been raining now for weeks. Hopeful it will clear...


Your beloved--



June 10 - July 29, 2011


Part I: An Exhibition on view at EFA Project Space, June 10 – July 29, 2011

Part II: Workshops at the Gowanus Studio Space. Ongoing: May - July, 2011

Part III: Excursions brought to you by Flux Factory. Ongoing: July - September, 2011

In collaboration with Flux Factory and The Gowanus Studio Space

Artists included in the Sea Worthy exhibition are: Michael Arcega, Rachel Bacon, Jimbo Blachly & Lytle Shaw, George Boorujy, Matt Bua, Adriane Colburn, Heather Dewey-Hagborg & Thomas Dexter, Amze Emmons, Jason Gandy, Richard Haley, Haley Hughes, Sarah Julig, Jonathan Kaiser, Marie Lorenz, Orien McNeill, Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh, Anne Percoco, Natalia Porter, Duke Riley, Tod Seelie, Reid Stowe, Swimming Cities, and Swoon.

Curatorial Committee: Jean Barberis, Benjamin Cohen, Dylan Gauthier, Michelle Levy, Georgia Muenster, Kendra Sullivan, and Sally Szwed.

EFA Project Space, Flux Factory and The Gowanus Studio Space present Sea Worthy, an exhibition and series of public screenings, performances, lectures, workshops and artist-led excursions on the water.  With 72 islands and over 700 miles of coastline, New York City is a formidable archipelago. This project invites discussion about water access, activates the largest open space in the city, and engages maritime themes in contemporary art practice. Sea Worthy brings together artists from here and abroad – in consultation with boat builders, world-class mariners, historians, writers, activists, and ecologists – to make new work about, around, and on the waterways of New York City in the summer of 2011.  

Sea Worthy presents work by artists who employ the boat as a platform for collective action, private reflection and liberatory possibility. The sea voyage suggests both an opening and a crisis – the expanse is daunting, uncontrollable, and full of dream potential.  To explore this terrain, the artists take to the high and low seas, metaphorically, virtually, and in reality.

Full Press Release


June 10, 6:00pm: Opening Reception for Sea Worthy: An Exhibition

June 16, 6:30pm: Take to the Water! A Discussion with Artist-Nomads on the Aquatic Open Field

July 21, 6:30pm: Kon-Tiki (1950): A Special Screening

For the full series of workshops and excursions at Flux Factory and Gowanus Studio Space, refer to the Sea Worthy website


Seaworthy Exhibit Allows New Yorkers to Channel Their Inner Pirate by Bonny Hulkower for

Seaworthy: An Exhibition by Mindy Bond for Flavorpill

Art Goes Aquatic in NYC on Artnet

Sea Worthy by Charles Schultz for The Brooklyn Rail

Far Rockaway's Far-Out Art Scene by Pia Catton for The Wall Street Journal

Check In, Swim Out: A Floating Hotel as Art by Melena Ryzik for the New York Times