Art exhibit highlighting artists living with mental illness coming to Governors Island

Dozens of Prescription Pill Bottles
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Governors Island’s Fountain House Gallery and Studio is participating as a 2024 Organization in Residence with an exhibition representing artists living with mental illness.

The exhibit, entitled Meditations on Medication: The Pill Bottle Project, was created by Fountain House Gallery and Studio artist Alyson Vega. The installation itself aims to create conversation around medication, routine, recycling, plastic waste, insurance, accessibility, and more.

The exhibit will open to the public on May 17.

“We are excited to return to Governors Island after being designated as an Organization in Residence for the first time last year,” said Rachel Weisman, Director of Fountain House Gallery. “This year, during the three-month term, our artists will construct a site-specific installation titled Meditations on Medication: The Pill Bottle Project. We’re pleased to invite the greater New York City community to participate in the construction of this installation.”

The exhibit will be constructed with empty orange prescription bottles, which were collected from the tri-state users of NextDoor and BuyNothing groups, Hell’s Kitchen neighbors, donations from M:25 Ministries as well as Fountain House members and staff. There is an ongoing collection of empty bottles, and visitors are encouraged to contribute their own empty bottles.

The Fountain House Gallery and Studio will be open to the public on Fridays through Sundays from now through Aug. 11, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.