The annual Governors Island Art Fair (GIAF) always comes at a good time — just before my list of art to see begins to grow at overwhelming speed. Hosted by the artist-run nonprofit 4heads, the monthlong event is often an opportunity to discover lesser-known artists in the creaky houses that once belonged to army officers. This year is also a special one, with the fair celebrating its 10th anniversary and expanding its exhibition space to the ground floor of Liggett Hall, a former military barrack and training center built by McKim, Mead and White that measures 1,000 feet wide. GIAF has evidently grown since it began in 2008, when it exhibited just 52 artists in one building, a former nurses’ residence.
When: Saturday, September 2–Sunday, October 1; open Saturdays and Sundays, 11am–6pm
Where: Governors Island (New York Harbor)