Lilac Arts Series

19 May 2015 – 15 Aug 2015

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225 West St

New York
New York, United States

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The Lilac Arts Series is a contemporary art exhibition and public events series aboard the historic museum ship Lilac.  The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Lilac was built in 1933 and is America’s only surviving steam-powered lighthouse tender.  The Lilac is currently being restored as a unique vehicle for maritime education and community activities and is berthed at Hudson River Park’s Pier 25 in New York City.  The Lilac Arts Series will run from May 19 to August 15, 2015 and will focus on three themes inspired by the ship’s story – “Steam”, “Work + Labor” and “Restoration/Reinvention“. 

The visual art exhibition will feature the work of over 25 artists within the ship’s unique spaces, including several site-specific installations.  In addition to the exhibition, the Lilac will host performances, artist talks, film screenings, readings, community activities and educational events.  The series is sponsored by the Lilac Preservation Project and organized by MW Projects.



The Lilac Preservation Project is a non-profit organization whose mission is to restore the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Lilac as a unique vehicle for maritime education and community activities. The Lilac is a 1933 lighthouse tender that once carried supplies to lighthouses and maintained buoys for the U.S. Lighthouse Service and the U.S. Coast Guard.  Decommissioned in 1972, the Lilac is now a historic museum ship berthed at Hudson River Park’s Pier 25 in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York City.   The Lilac regularly hosts free exhibitions, tours and educational programs.  For more information, visitwww.lilacpreservationproject.org.


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