Curator Cecilia Alemani has recently been watching hi-tech gadgets, hipster snacks and bits of clothing get reduced to liquid in a blender. Artist Josh Kline is the man hitting the start button, preparing a sculpture that Ms. Alemani, the director of the High Line’s art program, has commissioned for her latest group show in the elevated park. The piece will be a commercial refrigerator stocked with smoothies designed for various lifestyles. The ingredients in the “Williamsburg” brew include kale chips, Kombucha and an American Apparel T-shirt. The “night life” is a concoction of Coke Zero and squid ink.
“Maybe because I’m Italian, I kept thinking of the High Line as a big boulevard or like a street of the Roman forum, and the public sculptures that dot that landscape,” High Line curator Cecilia Alemani said by phone last week.
Ms. Alemani was discussing her latest exhibition, “Busted,” which opens along the mile-long elevated park next month. It includes artworks that play with the conventions of such official public artworks. They’re by nine artists, many of whom rarely produce public art, like George Condo, who has made a beastly head titled Liquor Store Attendant, and Goshka Macuga, who is contributing a bust of Colin Powell delivering his infamous 2003 speech at the United Nations, gingerly holding that famous vial of anthrax.
On a mild weekday morning late last month, a scrum of journalists and the Ghanaian artist El Anatsui stood inside a viewing room at an art storage building on 20th Street in far west Chelsea. They were flanked by a few of Mr. Anatsui’s new artworks—large, undulating tapestries that he and his assistants weave at his studio in Nigeria from thousands of bits of discarded metal, mostly bottle caps and folded-up foil wrappers. The press preview had originally been scheduled to take place down the street at Mr. Anatsui’s gallery, Jack Shainman, but Sandy had flooded Shainman’s basement, and the artist’s show had been to be postponed. It opens this Friday, Dec. 14.
Jennifer West will screen her new feature-length film, One Mile Film, on the High Line under the Standard Hotel on Oct. 17. Ms. West ran a 35-mm celluloid film strip down the length of the High Line for one day–Sept. 13–while the public stepped on it, drew on it, or did whatever they pleased. She Read More
Yesterday, little kids gathered to toss native plant seeds onto wild terrain at the High Line. Along with city officials and High Line advocates, the tots were celebrating the groundbreaking for the development of the third and last stretch of the elevated park over Chelsea built around a defunct rail trestle. The project, which costs $90 million, will open the park from 30th to 34th Streets around the proposed Hudson Yards development. The project will take place in three phases, with the first phase expected to be completed in 2014.
DNA Info reports that a handful of Chelsea activists have asked whether the $5 million allocated to the High Line in the city’s 2013 budget might be better spent elsewhere.
Though it’s somehow hard to believe, John Cage, who died in 1992 at the age of 79, would have turned 100 this year, on Sept. 5. High Line Art is marking the upcoming centennial by joining with Electronic Arts Intermix and Friends of the High Line to present Cage’s film and sound piece One11 and 103 (1992), from Aug. 2 through Sept. 13, on loop, as part of its new High Line Channel 14 series, which will present “films, videos, and sound installations” in the span of the High Line that stretches across West 14th Street.
If you walk the High Line park at night, you’ll see emus, elephants and psychedelic monkeys in mid-swing, all aglow. And this is without the use of hallucinogens. A group of artists including Sun Bae, Stuart Braunstein and Jordan Betten have transformed a Chelsea rooftop, between West 27th and 28th Streets, into a glowing sculpture garden with sound and video.
Friday, Toilet Paper, the magazine by artist Maurizio Cattelan and photographer Pierpaolo Ferrari known for its cheeky, disturbing and ambiguous narratives and its high-production values, will unveil a billboard on the High Line to coincide with the launch of the magazine’s next issue.
Ashley Tickle, the former flack for Performa, has jumped to another of the city’s fun and weird art institutions. Ms. Tickle will now head publicity for High Line Art, the organization responsible for the curation of the elevated park, and a part of the broader Friends of the High Line, which manages the park at Read More