Chance Ecologies


Chance Ecologies

Public art installations, gallery exhibits and artist walks
Curated by Nathan Kensinger, Catherine Grau, Stephen Zacks, and Sarah Nelson Wright, 2015 – 2020

Chance Ecologies is a framework for artistic gestures and research projects exploring the un-designed landscapes and wilderness found in abandoned spaces, post-industrial sites, and landfills. Begun in 2015 by curators Nathan Kensinger, Catherine Grau and Stephen Zacks, it has facilitated a series of public art installations, walks and exhibits focused on waterfront sites around Queens, New York, including the Newtown Creek, Hunters Point, and Flushing River.

The projects of Chance Ecologies include the exhibit Chance Ecologies: Queens (2016) at the Queens Museum, the Newtown Creek audio walk Listening to Dutch Kills (2019), and walks and talks for the Brooklyn Library, Open Engagement and UnionDocs.

Chance Ecologies participating artists include Joianne Bittle, Laura Chipley, Allison Danielle Behrstock, Luciana Freire D’Anunciação, Nate Dorr, Edrex Fontanilla, Dylan Gauthier, Dillon de Give, GH Hovagimyan, Ellie Irons, Christopher Kennedy, Kristyna and Marek Milde, Anne Percoco, Edmund Mooney, Matthias Neumann, Natalia Roumelioti, Raphaele Shirley, Rachel Stevens, Marisa Tesauro, and Sarah Nelson Wright.

  • All images © Nathan Kensinger 2023