Courtesy of Okamoto Studio
Courtesy of Okamoto Studio
Governors Island Ice Sculpture Show
Presented with with LMCC
Feb 26, 2022
The Trust for Governors Island and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council are proud to present the inaugural Governors Island Ice Sculpture Show! Join us at the Winter Village in Colonels Row on February 26 for an exciting afternoon of live ice carving from skilled ice artists starting at 2pm. Make sure to get there early for performances from Ice Theatre of New York at 1:30pm. Stick around, enjoy everything the Winter Village has to offer (including warm drinks from Little Eva’s), and help us choose the winner at the end of the event.
Meet the Artists
Dennis RedMoon Darkeem
Shay Salehi/Rengu Zhang
Meet the Jury
Amy Andrieux, Executive Director + Chief Curator, MoCADA
Amy Andrieux is a veteran of global cultural and arts programming with over 20 years of experience as a curator, writer, educator, and executive. An award-winning creative leader, Amy has retained top posts at TRACE magazine, MTV World (where she became the first Black Editorial Director at Viacom), Red Bull Media House / Red Bull TV. Her strategic vision has shaped programs for MasterCard, Gillette, Moet & Chandon, L’Oreal, Intel, and others. As a culture journalist, Amy has interviewed an array of notables including Spike Lee, Angelique Kidjo, Pharrell Williams, Wangechi Mutu, Rem Koolhaas, Bethann Hardison, Shepard Fairey, Jamel Shabazz, Edwidge Danticat, and many, many more. Currently, Amy is an Adjunct Professor focusing on the intersection of social impact/social justice and art + design at New School University, Parsons School of Design. She also takes pride in her work as the Executive Director and Chief Curator at The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art (MoCADA), for which she was awarded a Trailblazer Award from The 400 Years of African-American History Commission in 2020.
Jean Cooney, Director, Times Square Arts
Jean Cooney is the Director of Times Square Arts, the public art program presenting the work of contemporary artists in the world’s most iconic urban places. Over the course of the program’s ten year history, Times Square Arts has worked with hundreds of emerging and established artists across a diverse range of disciplines to activate the district’s electronic billboards, public plazas, and vacant spaces.
Prior to her role at Times Square Arts, Jean spent seven years at the public arts non-profit Creative Time, playing a critical role in the organization’s major artist commissions and cultural partnerships. During her tenure there, Jean had the opportunity to work on some of Creative Time’s most celebrated public projects, including Nick Cave’s HEARD•NY in Grand Central Terminal, Kara Walker’s A Subtlety… at the former Domino Sugar factory, and Duke Riley’s Fly By Night at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
She holds a Master’s Degree in Visual Arts Administration from New York University, and a B.A. in International Relations from Boston University.
Shaun Leonardo, Multidisciplinary Artist
Shaun Leonardo’s performance practice, anchored by his work in Assembly — a diversion program for court-involved youth at the Brooklyn-based, arts nonprofit Recess — is participatory and invested in a process of embodiment. Leonardo is a Brooklyn-based artist from Queens, New York City. His work has been featured at The Guggenheim Museum, the High Line, and New Museum, and recently profiled in the New York Times and CNN. His solo exhibition, The Breath of Empty Space, was recently presented at MICA, MASS MoCA and The Bronx Museum. And his first major public art commission, Between Four Freedoms, recently premiered at Four Freedoms Park Conservancy. Leonardo recently joined Recess as Co-Director, helping guide the organization’s continuous evolution as an engine of social change.
Shintaro Okamoto, Founder/Creative Director, OKAMOTO STUDIO
Shintaro Okamoto is the creative force behind OKAMOTO STUDIO, a NYC-based artist collective best known to produce artful installations and performances out of crystal-clear ice since founded in 2003. A second-generation ice sculptor whose father Takeo is long recognized for his early contribution to the art form in America, he embraces the craft and its business as his calling to introduce ice that is most unique and relevant to today’s audience. From designing the runway for Zac Posen to collaborating on the display window with Barneys New York to competing alongside Chef Morimoto in Iron Chef America, he thrives on offering new ways to play the ephemeral quality of ice as the perfect metaphor for the ‘here and the now.’ A lifelong painter and a wildlife fanatic, Shintaro has received numerous art awards including the Presidential Scholars in the Arts that led to a Fine Arts degree at Brown University. Shintaro received his MFA at Hunter College in New York, where he first tried ice sculpture as his means to experiment.
Open Call for Proposals for Ice Sculptures
New York City-based artists and artist teams were invited to submit ideas for an ice sculpture, to be completed at the Winter Ice Sculpture Show on Saturday, February 26, 2022. Ten proposals will be selected by a distinguished jury of NYC cultural leaders. Selected artists or teams will receive an award of $2,000 to participate, and will be provided with tools, production materials, and will be matched with a professional ice carver from Okamoto Studio to complete the work on the day of the event. The deadline to send proposals was Wednesday, February 9.
The Governors Island Ice Sculpture Show is made possible through the generous support of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.
About Ice Theatre of New York
Ice Theatre of New York (ITNY) exists to create and advance ice dance as (an ensemble) performing art form with its professional ice dance company. ITNY is also dedicated to providing education and to presenting public performances to people of all ages. We aim to inspire people to experience the balance, flow and flight of skating and to engage in a lifelong healthy activity.
Founded in 1984 by Moira North, Ice Theatre of New York has changed the face of figure skating by creating works that integrate the sensibilities of contemporary dance, music and art challenging the perceptions and conventional definitions of figure skating. Through its performances in both traditional and site-specific venues, ITNY presents ice dance that opens one’s eyes to seeing skating in unexpected ways. ITNY was the first ice dance company to receive dance program funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
See below for past programs and events on Governors Island.