The Truth Is I Am You: A project by The Cause Collective

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The Cause Collective, The Truth Is I Am You , 2006 Helium Balloons © Courtesy of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC)
The Truth Is I Am You: A project by The Cause Collective

August 26th, 2011 - September 25th, 2011

other (outside main areas)
Fridays-Sundays (and all holiday Mondays), 12-5PM


Due to Hurricane Irene, Governors Island will be closed on Saturday, August 27th and Sunday, August 28th. All programs and exhibits are cancelled, including The Cause Collective’s “The Truth Is I Am You” installation at Building 110: LMCC Arts Center At Governors Island.

The highly anticipated “The Truth Is I Am You” will be open to the public on August 26th, from 12-5pm. The opening reception, which was scheduled for August 27th at 3pm, will be rescheduled to late date to be determined. The exhibit will run at Building 110 through Sunday,September 25th

Exhibit is Part of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s InSite:

Art + Commemoration Initiative Honoring Ten-Year Anniversary of 9/11

In The Truth Is I Am You, The Cause Collective invites the public to create a floating poem on dozens of large helium-inflated silver balloons hovering throughout the exhibition gallery at Building 110 on Governors Island.

The walls of the gallery will feature a series of vinyl speech bubbles, each imprinted with a line from the original poem “The Truth Is” in one of the 24 most spoken languages in New York City.
The helium-inflated balloons floating throughout the gallery will each feature a blank speech bubble where visitors can write their own lines of poetry inspired by “The Truth Is I Am You”. Dozens of helium-inflated balloons will be added each week to the gallery space, culminating in more than 200 balloons by the end of the exhibition on September 25th.
Inspired by Andy Warhol’s famous Silver CloudsThe Truth Is Am You is part of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Insite: Art + Commemoration, a series of public and online events reflecting on the tenth anniversary of September 11th.
The exhibition is co-presented by the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art (MoCADA) and curated by Director of Exhibitions, Kalia Brooks.

The Cause Collective is a team of artists, designers, and ethnographers creating innovative art in the public realm. Their projects explore and enliven public spaces by creating a dynamic conversation between issues, sites and the public audience. 

MoCADA is committed to fostering a greater awareness and appreciation of the arts and cultures of the African Diaspora as it relates to contemporary urban issues. The experiences and cultural contributions of people of African descent have been marginalized throughout history and MoCADA’s mission is to undertake the responsibility of rewriting that history in order to give a more accurate portrayal of the contributions of people of African descent to the artistic and global landscape.
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC)
For nearly 40 years, LMCC has been the leading voice for arts and culture in Downtown New York City, producing cultural events and promoting the arts through grants, services, advocacy, and cultural development programs.  For more information, visit
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