A week ago, we took a trip to Rockaway beach to escape from the city heat. After a day of relaxing and sunbathing we went to Fort Tilden to visit Rockaway!, a free public arts festival to celebrate the reopening of Fort Tilden and Rockaway Beach after Hurricane Sandy destroyed most of it two years ago. Two of Rockaway’s most notable residents, MoMa PS1 director Klaus Biesenbach and Patti Smith, were invited by the Rockaway Artists Alliance (RAA) to create this exhibition. Smith created specific on-site installations and shows a photography collection. Sculptures are by Adrian Villar Rojas and there is a sound-art piece by Janet Cardiff.
Sunday June 29th was the opening day of the Rockaway! arts festival; featuring performances by the Rockaway Theatre Company and a poetry reading by James Franco and Patti Smith. See below a few of our own photographs of the event, as well as some images from our favorite installations pulled from several articles (see links at the end of this blog post).
Resilience of the Dreamer by Patti Smith
The Fort Tilden chapel
Short film by Walt Whitman
Photography collection by Patti Smith
T9 Building, a former locomotive repair facility