On Friday, October 22, 2010, Friends of the High Line debuted Francis Cape's The Other End of the Line, a major public art installation addressing the connections and differences between the cultures of upstate New York and New York City. The Other End of the Line will be on view until Sunday, November 21. The exhibition is open daily between 2:00 and 8:00 PM on weekdays and 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM. The exhibit will close at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, October 27, for a special event.
This is the first public art installation in New York City for Cape, who also hails from upstate New York. Inspired by the High Line's history transporting goods from upstate New York into New York City, Cape has transformed a previously-occupied residential mobile home from Sullivan County, NY into a public exhibition space on Gansevoort Plaza, under the High Line at the corner of Gansevoort and Washington Streets.
Working with Ian Berry, Curator of the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, Cape selected works by 13 artists living and working in upstate New York to be featured in the mobile home's interior. Participating artists include Michael Ashkin, Richard Garrison, DeWitt Godfrey, Kenji Fujita, Matt Harle, Chris Harvey, Margo Mensing, Rebecca Murtaugh, Michael Oatman, Gina Occhiogrosso, Ken Ragsdale, Nancy Shaver, and Alfonso Volo. In his selections, guest curator Ian Berry was not only concerned with finding artists who live outside the urban areas, but those whose work captures the particular conditions of life in upstate New York.
Read the press release.
This High Line Art Commission is presented by Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. High Line Art Commissions are made possible by Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Additional support for The Other End of the Line has been provided by The Greenwall Foundation. High Line Art is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State's 62 counties.