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Art at the BlueLine

Presented by the Waterfront Alliance and The Howard Hughes Corporation

Art at the BlueLine returns to the Seaport from July 14–August 2 in partnership with the Waterfront Alliance. Three climate artists will present film, dance, and a maritime library exhibit at the BlueLine—the future high tide line—to collectively highlight the risk we all face from sea level rise and coastal storms. More than one million people in our region face direct risks from coastal flooding today and our goal is that art can offer a lens into the realities of climate change, coastal resilience, waterfront access, and environmental justice. Art at the BlueLine builds off the call for climate action that is a featured theme at this year’s City of Water Day activities being held throughout the region on July 10. The exhibit extends the waterfront resilience theme with nearly three weeks of performances and art open to the public.

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July 14 – August 2
View from Pier 17

The Tideland Institute makes events and placemaking installations that use surprise and celebration to activate the water as a place of creative culture. The Tideland Institute “Maritime Library” is a floating installation constructed in the form of historic New York Harbor barges. It follows a tradition of New York cultural institutions serving the community afloat, from grand oyster barges to children’s hospital ships and floating churches. The library collection includes histories of the waterfront, children’s adventure series, and even romance novels — books that show the water as a place of imagination.

Photo courtesy of Tideland Institute


Wednesday, July 14
5:30pm & 6:30pm on Seaport Square

Sunday, July 25
3:00pm, 3:30pm, & 4pm in Titanic Memorial Park

Rain Date: Sunday, August 1

Artichoke Dance Company works at the intersection of performance innovation, environmental activism, community building, and civic engagement. The company creates movement works that examine our relationship with and impact on nature, model scientific phenomena, reveal human triumphs and faults, and envision a sustainable future. “Water Rises” is a dance performance that will take place along the waterfront and will physicalize the movement and energy of water through choreography. Audiences will travel with the dancers along the waterfront and become a part of an embodied experience of water. This type of interaction with water creates empathy and understanding of the importance and fundamental element of water. Performed in recycled plastic trashion (trash fashion) costumes, the performance will simultaneously comment on equitable water access and climate change.

Photo courtesy of Stephen de las Heras


Wednesday, July 14 & Sunday July, 25
on the Wavertree (Pier 16)

Sunday, July 18 & Tuesday, July 27
on John St., rear of South Street Seaport Museum (12 Fulton St.)

Tuesday, July 20 & Sunday, August 1
on Bowne & Co., Stationers (211 Water St.)

Opening night (July 14) presented 8:30pm–9:30pm. On all other nights, screenings begin at dusk. Rain dates to be announced as needed.

“Shoreline Change” is a collection of experimental documentary films about New York City’s waterfront created by artists Nate Dorr and Nathan Kensinger. These works focus on specific coastal areas in a state of transformation, whether due to climate change, environmental degradation, or commercial development. Over the course of six nights, the artists will project these films onto various maritime landmarks throughout the Seaport, engaging viewers with dynamic video presentations that respond to architecture and changing light conditions throughout each evening. These video installations will link the Seaport’s historic waterfront to the city’s present-day shoreline, and open up dialogues about climate change, environmental justice, coastal resilience and waterfront access, while immersing viewers in the sights and sounds of remote shorelines.

Photo courtesy of Nate Dorr and Nathan Kensinger