The Times art critic notes that
Since the city bought it for a dollar in 2003, Governors Island has evolved from a spooky relic to a postcollegiate playground to a family-friendly weekend destination.
Art has assisted the makeover. When Creative Time staged a clever group show on the island in 2009, the place still felt haunted. The artists, intervening in former officers’ residences and decommissioned military buildings, performed a kind of exorcism.
Now, with an ambitious and entirely outdoor exhibition of sculpture by Mark di Suvero, Governors Island is one step closer to becoming a proper urban park. “Mark di Suvero at Governors Island: Presented by Storm King Art Center” is the site’s most high-profile art show to date. With 11 works spanning more than three decades, it’s also the artist’s biggest New York survey since 1975.