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Bicycling is a great way to get around and experience New York City in a whole new way. Join us on Tuesday, October 25 between 11:00 and 3:00 PM to learn more about New York City’s Bike Share Program, and go for a spin on one of the demonstration bikes from bike share programs in cities around the world.

Visit our Event Calendar for details.

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Friends of the High Line is pleased to announce that Cecilia Alemani will be appointed the Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Curator and Director of High Line Art Program. A distinguished independent curator and writer, Cecilia is currently a guest curator for the upcoming Performa 11, and a collaborator on the Frame section at the Frieze Art Fair in London and Frieze Talks series in New York. Cecilia succeeds Lauren Ross, who left the position in June and is now the Nancy E. Meinig Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

In this position, Cecilia will lead High Line Art, a program presented by Friends of the High Line that introduces site-specific, temporary public art commissions, collaborations, and events in and around the High Line to the more than two million people who visit the park each year. Cecilia will bring to High Line Art international experience as an independent curator and writer, and a history of curatorial collaborations with museums, foundations, non-profit art organizations, and cultural institutions, including MoMA/PS1, New York; X Initiative, New York; Artists Space, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Tate Modern, London; Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy; and Venice International Film Festival, Venice, Italy.

“After an extensive search, it is clear that Cecilia is the best candidate to lead High Line Art. Cecilia is a thoughtful, forward-thinking curator who will bring an innovative approach to structuring the public art program on the High Line,” said Donald R. Mullen, Jr., the founding supporter of High Line Art and Board member of Friends of the High Line. “I have often said that the High Line is the new museum mile. High Line Art celebrates the park’s role in connecting two neighborhoods that make up the cultural hub of New York City, with the more than 400 galleries and cultural organizations that populate the streets below the park. Cecilia’s curatorial leadership will elevate High Line Art to new level in New York City and the international art world.”

“We are pleased to welcome Cecilia to Friends of the High Line. The rotating series of public art on the High Line is one of the ways we encourage the public to come back to the park again and again. With Cecilia’s vision and experience, High Line Art will expand the opportunities for the public to discover art and performance in ways that are accessible, engaging, and complementary of the High Line itself,” said Robert Hammond, Co-Founder, Friends of the High Line. “Since Joshua David and I founded Friends of the High Line in 1999, we have worked with the art community in the Meatpacking District and West Chelsea to celebrate the High Line. High Line Art builds upon this history now that the park is open.”

About Cecilia Alemani
Cecilia Alemani is an independent curator and writer. From 2009 to 2010, she served as Curatorial Director of X Initiative, New York, a year-long experimental non-profit space where she curated numerous exhibitions including solo shows by Keren Cytter, Luke Fowler, Hans Haacke, Christian Holstad, Derek Jarman, Mika Tajima, Tris Vonna-Michell and Artur Zmijewski. At X Initiative she conceived and organized more than 50 events including performances, panel discussions, symposia, lectures, concerts and screenings. In June, 2009, Cecilia co-founded No Soul For Sale, a festival of independent spaces, non-profit organizations, and artists collectives which took place at X Initiative, and at Tate Modern – Turbine Hall in London in May, 2010 as part of the museum’s tenth anniversary celebration. She has organized numerous exhibitions including The Comfort of Strangers (MoMA/PS1, New York, 2010); boundLES (at numerous venues in the Lower East Side, New York); ONLYCONNECT (Bloomberg Headquarters with Art in General, New York, 2008); and Things Fall Apart All Over Again (Artists Space, New York, 2005). Alemani holds a BA degree in Philosophy from the University of Milan (2001) and an MA in Curatorial Studies (2005) from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

High Line Art
Presented by Friends of the High Line, High Line Art commissions innovative, temporary, and site-specific artworks to provide park visitors with a unique and enriching experience and introduce contemporary artists to a wide audience. Since the program was founded in 2009, High Line Art has commissioned more than ten site-specific installations, including artworks by Kim Beck; Francis Cape; Spencer Finch; Valerie Hegarty; Richard Galpin; Demetrius Oliver; Lisa Sigal and Paul Ramirez Jonas; Joel Sternfeld; Julianne Swartz; Sarah Sze; and Stephen Vitiello, as well as collaborations with Creative Time, Performa, and the Trisha Brown Dance Company. In 2009, High Line Art was awarded first place for Best Show in a Public Space by the International Association of Art Critics. More than six million visitors have come to the High Line since the first section opened in 2009.

Due to anticipated crowds associated with the Village Halloween Parade, the High Line will close at 6:00 PM on Monday, October 31. The High Line will resume regular fall hours (7:00 AM – 10:00 PM) on Tuesday, November 1.

Please check back or follow @highlinenyc on Twitter for the latest information and operational updates.

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On Monday, October 3, 2011, Friends of the High Line debuted Darren Almond's Fullmoon@TheNorthSea, the third installment in Landscape with Path, a series of large-scale photographs selected by Joel Sternfeld and presented on a 25-by-75 foot billboard next to the High Line at West 18th Street. The installation will remain on view for one month.

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Friends of the High Line is pleased to present Trains on Film, a three-night series of free, open-air film screenings on the High Line.

The series concludes on Friday, October 14 at 7:00 PM with the revival screening of Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot. The new short film, All Aboard! will be screened before the feature presentation, starting at 6:30 PM.

SUPPORT
The Trains on Film Series is generously supported by UNIQLO as part of a two-year partnership that supports the ongoing maintenance and operations of the High Line.

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Friends of the High Line and Ballroom Marfa presents Atom Fables, a new multimedia collaborate work by artists Laleh Khorramian and Shahzad Ismaily.

Performances are free, and take place at 8:00 PM on Monday, October 10 and Tuesday, October 11 in the 14th Street Passage, on the High Line at West 14th Street.

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We wanted you to know about an exciting change in the leadership structure at Friends of the High Line.

Twelve years ago, Joshua David and Robert Hammond founded Friends of the High Line with the goal of saving the High Line from demolition. After years of planning, design, and construction, the High Line south of West 30th Street is now open to the public. As the non-profit conservancy for the High Line, we now have new responsibilities and an expanded staff dedicated to maintaining and operating the park for the more than two million visitors it welcomes each year. A new leadership role is required to manage the day-to-day operations of the organization while Joshua and Robert dedicate their focus to our advocacy, planning, fundraising, and other strategic initiatives, including the High Line at the West Side Rail Yards and our High Line Food program.

To this end, Melissa Fisher, our current Director of Horticulture & Park Operations, will be taking on the expanded role of Chief Operating Officer, effective October 15. In this position, Melissa will report to Robert, with all other staff at Friends of the High Line reporting to her. Her primary focus will be optimizing our delivery of multiple projects and initiatives, while ensuring the ongoing collaboration of our staff.

Back in 2009, as we prepared to open the first section of the park, Friends of the High Line took responsibility for maintaining and operating the High Line, but the entire Horticulture, Maintenance, and Park Operations staff at the organization did not yet exist. Almost overnight we doubled our staff, procured our park operations equipment, opened a field office, and greatly expanded our responsibilities to care for this extraordinary public space. To hire and build this team, Melissa worked with former Vice President of Horticulture & Park Operations Patrick Cullina, who left the organization earlier this year. During her time at Friends of the High Line, she has demonstrated exemplary leadership and management skills. There could be no better person to take on this new role than Melissa.

We are now beginning the search for a Vice President of Park Operations to replace the role Melissa currently fills.

In other exciting news, Rick Little will be promoted to Vice President of Administration & Strategic Projects. Tara Morris will be promoted from her current position as Director of Development to Vice President of Development. In these new positions, Rick and Tara will continue to play integral roles in the leadership of Friends of the High Line. Peter Mullan will remain in his leadership position as Vice President for Planning & Design.

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This event is sold out. Please check back for future opportunities to tour the High Line at the West Side Rail Yards.

Beginning Wednesday, October 5 at 9:00 AM, openhousenewyork will begin taking reservations for walking tours of the High Line at the West Side Rail Yards on Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16.

Reserve your spot early – in the past, spaces have been reserved within minutes.

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The High Line is open daily from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM in the fall. Winter hours will begin December 1, with the park closing earlier, at 7:00 PM daily.

Please check the High Line Web site or follow the High Line on Twitter for the latest information and operational updates.

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In 1999, Robert Hammond founded Friends of the High Line with Joshua David to advocate for saving the High Line from demolition. Twelve years later, Friends of the High Line is now the non-profit conservancy that operates the park, and continues to advocate for the final section, the High Line at the West Side Rail Yards, to be opened to the public.

Join us on the High Line on Wednesday, October 5 at 7:00 PM to hear Robert discuss his experience. A short Q&A will follow the presentation.

This is the final talk in a series about the past, present, and future of the High Line at the Rail Yards. Visit our Event Calendar for more information.

SUPPORT
Rail Yards Programs are generously supported by The Tiffany & Co. Foundation, the New York Community Trust—LuEsther T. Mertz Advised Fund, the Greenwall Foundation, and, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts.

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