Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The High Line is Now an Elevated Art Musem and Taqueria, Too

The long-awaited High Line, New York City's newest public park space and our favorite passiagiata and runway locale, is about to turn into a museum (and high-style taqueria) as well.

High Line Art will debut today with Specials, a collaboration between artists Lisa Sigal and Paul Ramirez Jonas. For this ongoing, roving art project, the artists have constructed a mobile unit composed of vendor carts and a 10 x 4 foot wall. On one side of the wall, they hang artwork by a wide range of artists; on the flip side, they serve homemade tacos, free of charge.

Each time Specials is presented, the artwork and the type of taco change, in the manner of restaurants' daily menu specials or art galleries' changing exhibition schedules. This project deliberately blurs the boundaries between visual art, performance, social gathering space, and festive event.

Specials will be presented in the 14th Street Passage, just south of the 14th Street stair to the High Line, as follows (subject to change):

Thursday, September 17, 4:00 - 8:00 PM
Featuring works by Fiona Tan and Regina Silveira, and a potato and corn croquette with red cabbage and avocado taco.

Thursday, October 1, 4:00 - 8:00 PM
Featuring artists who participated in the 1993 Whitney Biennial, including Janine Antoni, Byron Kim, Simon Leung, Glenn Ligon, Suzanne McClelland, Kiki Smith and Fred Wilson, and a squash, mushroom, and homemade hot sauce taco.

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