Artist Spencer Finch, whose stunning The River That Flows Both Ways graces the Chelsea Market Passage on the High Line, has a solo exhibition coming up at Postmasters, his gallery in Chelsea. Entitled The Brain–is wider than the Sky– this show will feature three new projects that continue his explorations of color, memory and light.
Recent visitors to the High Line may have noticed a billboard that has appeared on a building on 13th St., across from the Standard Hotel. It has no text, and shows an image of an empty mussed bed, its pillows still showing the impressions of two heads. This mysterious and evocative image is in fact a piece by the artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres.
At Friends of the High Line, we love anything that celebrates artists who work in the High Line neighborhood. So we are excited about the annual High Line Open Studios, coming up on October 15 through 18. Using a map, participants take themselves on self-guided tours of artist studios in the area.
This Saturday brings the Kitchen Block Party, free neighborhood street festival the High Line, put on by the Kitchen, one of our favorite arts partners.
It happens from 12 Noon to 5 PM on West 19th St. between 10th and 11th Aves.
Park(ing) Day, one of our favorite yearly public space happenings, takes to the New York City streets this Friday!
This international event transforms metered parking spaces into playgrounds, parks, creative installations, and unusual meeting-grounds for all to hit the pavement and enjoy. Converting car-intended spots throughout the five boroughs, these park(ing) spaces are a great example of street-space reclaimed. Park(ing) Day's mission doesn't sound too far off from the High Line's reclamation of space for the public.
Last year the High Line participated in the Park(ing) Day extravaganza, one of 57 spaces across the city. This year, our newly-opened park hovers 30 feet higher than most parking spaces, but encourages you to check out a nearby Park(ing) Day space on ground level. A map and description of all the spots is here.
One of our favorites is right here in the neighborhood. Weave the Hearts, sponsored by the West Harlem Art Fund and created by Japanese artist Shintaro Tokairin, can be located at 400 W. 14th Street, near 9th Avenue. Tokairin has created a woven installation piece which will encapsulate the space, inviting visitors to relax and indulge in the artistically-inspired parking spot.