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Situated at Nolan Park on Governors Island, Gathering is a participatory installation by Molly Gochman that invites us to consider how our actions shape our world. Through public engagement, the work encourages viewers to deepen their connections with each other and with the land on which we all live.

Gathering is composed of more than 200 waxed canvas tarps that appear intricately woven into the grass, outlining the shape of Governors Island before its alteration through excavation and dredging in the early 20th century. Draped in white tarp and fastened with rope, the structure undulates across the landscape, encompassing approximately 13,000 square feet of land. The result is an open environment that encourages participants to engage not only with the work itself, but with each other, through acts of play, collaboration, and even alteration. Throughout the month of September, Gochman will periodically unveil sections of the installation, revealing the mosaics of tarps concealed beneath.

Dancers, knot tyers, meditators, healers, community organizers, and other various participants will also energize the site, extending an invitation to join and collectively enrich our understanding of one another. On these occasions, visitors will be invited to take a tarp with them. As they depart with this canvas, the immense installation’s form will begin to evolve—its outline slowly eroding. The work will take on new meaning through this process, as pieces of it find new homes and purposes. The form of Gathering will eventually disappear, yet the exchanges hosted on the site will generate lasting experiences for all who decide to interact with it, just as the individual tarps that make up the work, distributed among these participants, will move on through the world. It’s a dynamic that reflects Gochman’s long-standing social practice, which focuses on activating spaces to facilitate profound collective experiences.

Gathering Activations
Bring a picnic and join us.
Every Sunday, 1–3PM | Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1

Sunday, Sept. 3 | 1–3PM
Choreographer and dancer Annmaria Mazzini will lead a moving meditation from 2-3PM around Gathering along with a group of nine movers, including vocalist/musician Paula Jeanine Bennett. The activation will welcome any who wish to participate. 

Sunday, Sept. 10 | 1–3PM
There will be no activation scheduled for this day.

Sunday, Sept. 17 | 1–3PM
Community leaders and organizers from Black Women’s Blueprint and Black Joy Farm will come together and hold space around Gathering. 

Sunday, Sept. 24 | 1–3PM
There will be no activation scheduled for this day.

Saturday, Sept. 30
11-1PM |
Writer Yagmur Akyurek will lead a participatory poetry activation centered around Gathering. The activation will welcome any who wish to participate.

1-2PM | NADA House artists, Tamar Ettun and Luis Sahagun will collaborate on an activation for audiences on Gathering. The activation will be a combination of a demon trapping movement workshop led by Tamar, followed by an intuitive barrida, an energetic healing cleansing rite led by Luis.

Sunday, Oct. 1
12–2PM |
Dancer Christine Elmo will create a new dance work, Vertical Deviation, in response to Gathering. Come observe for 2 hours or 2 minutes or something between the two. The choice is up to you!

3–4PM | Writer Yagmur Akyurek will return for another participatory poetry activation centered around Gathering. The activation will welcome any who wish to participate.

Exhibition dates
September 1–October 1, 2023

Exhibition hours
Friday–Sunday, 11AM–5PM

Artist hours onsite
Changing periodically — please check Molly's Instagram for more information.

Ferry Schedule | govisland.com/plan-your-visit/ferry

Download Gathering Materials + Information

Molly Gochman + NADA House Press Release

Gathering 2023 Workbook and Calendar

Press on Gathering and NADA House

Yasmin Vossoughian Reports, MSNBC

Good Morning Nueva York, WBAI Radio

This Week in New York

The Fifth Edition of NADA House on Governors Island, Whitewall Magazine