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Governors Island, organized by Public Art Fund and the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation and presented by Target, features photographs by Lisa Kereszi and Andrew Moore. These photographs document Governors Island, the former national military post located in New York Harbor. Featuring twenty nine color photographs, the exhibition reveals the architecture, landscape, and hidden spaces of Governors Island.

Lisa Kereszi and Andrew Moore, both New York-based artists, visited Governors Island several times, photographing the island's indoor and outdoor spaces from late autumn 2003 to early spring 2004. Their expanded portrait includes photographs of the historic 18th- and 19th-century military structures, as well as images of the commissary, houses of worship, bowling alley, hospital, Burger King restaurant, grade school, and other places that were once hubs of daily life on Governors Island.

Artist Bios Lisa Kereszi, a Brooklyn-based photographer, was born in 1973 in Chester, Pennsylvania. She received an MFA from Yale School of Fine Arts in 2000 and is currently on the faculty of the International Center for Photography. Although the human figure rarely appears in her work, Kereszi's photographs are just as much about people as they are about places and things: "I go into a space that has been inhabited and look for the trails and traces people leave behind," she has said. Like all of her work, Kereszi's photographs of Governors Island are straightforward, unaltered images, portraying scenarios just as she finds them. She recently had a solo show at Pierogi in Williamsburg in 2003; her editorial photographs have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Nest, wallpaper, and other publications.

Andrew Moore graduated from Princeton University in 1979, where he is currently a professor of photography. Moore's nuanced photographs, made with a large format camera, use architectural form to express the history of public and private spaces. His photographic series have focused on the crumbling grandeur of Havana, the dilapidated theaters of Times Square, and the old asylums on Roosevelt Island. He has recently had solo shows at Craig Krull in Los Angeles (2004), Jane Jackson Gallery in Atlanta (2003), and at Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York (2002). Moore was also the producer and cinematographer for How to Draw a Bunny (2002), a documentary feature about the artist Ray Johnson, recently released by Palm Pictures.

Sponsorship Governors Island was organized by Public Art Fund and the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation, in collaboration with the Municipal Art Society, and presented by Target.

About GIPEC The Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation (GIPEC) (www.govisland.org) is responsible for the planning, redevelopment and ongoing operations of 150 acres of Governors Island. (The National Park Service owns and operates an additional 23 acres of the Island designated last year as the Governors Island National Monument.) A public corporation of New York State, GIPEC is overseen by a Board of Directors appointed equally by the Governor and Mayor of New York.

About the Municipal Art Society The Municipal Art Society (www.mas.org) is a private, non-profit membership organization whose mission is to promote a more livable city. Since 1893, the Society has worked to enrich the culture, neighborhoods and physical design of New York City. The MAS advocates for excellence in urban planning, contemporary architecture, historic preservation and public art.

About Target Minneapolis-based Target (www.target.com) serves guests at 1,249 stores in 47 states nationwide, including 13 stores in the New York metropolitan area, by delivering today's best retail trends at affordable prices. Target Stores, along with its parent company Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT), gives back more than $2 million a week to its local communities through grants and special programs. Pressetext

Governors Island - Lisa Kereszi / Andrew Moore
Ort: Municipal Art Society, New York - Urban Center Gallery, 457 Madison Avenue

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