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FHL E-Mail Newsletter
May 9, 2005

IN THIS ISSUE
Dia Art Foundation Plans New Museum Next to the High Line
Positive Review by WSJ's Architecture Critic, Ada Louise Huxtable
May 11 Deadline For New High Line T-Shirt Submissions


DIA ART FOUNDATION PLANS NEW MUSEUM NEXT TO THE HIGH LINE
Today The New York Times reports that the Dia Art Foundation plans to construct a new museum adjacent to the High Line. The museum would be located at the corner of Gansevoort and Washington Streets, at the High Line's southern terminus, in the Meatpacking District.

Read The New York Times article

About Dia: Dia Art Foundation was founded in 1974. A nonprofit institution, Dia plays a vital role among visual-arts organizations nationally and internationally by initiating, supporting, presenting, and preserving art projects, and by serving as a locus for interdisciplinary art and criticism. Dia presents its permanent collection at Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries, in Beacon, New York; exhibitions and public programming in New York City; and long-term, site-specific projects in the western United States, in New York City, and on Long Island. For more information: http://www.diacenter.org

"The new High Line park, an industrial reclamation project in-keeping with Dia's long-standing interest in renovating existing structures, will become one of the most exciting new features of New York City," said Dia's President and Director Michael Govan. "We would like to provide a cultural anchor for this innovative public space. It's perfect for Dia – we would have two large light-filled museums on the Hudson, one in Beacon for the collection and one in Manhattan for more contemporary exhibitions." The Nabisco printing facility that has become Dia:Beacon was originally connected by the High Line rail to the former Nabisco buildings on 14th Street, as well as to Dia's proposed new site a few blocks south. The Hudson River's proximity and the adjacent single-story meat market buildings afford the location an unusual abundance of light and open space, not unlike Dia's property in Beacon.

Dia's proposal will require a public review process, and approval by the City of New York. Dia hopes that, if approved, the new facility could open as early as 2007 in conjunction with the first phase of the High Line.



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POSITIVE REVIEW BY WSJ'S ARCHITECTURE CRITIC, ADA LOUISE HUXTABLE
The May 4 edition of The Wall Street Journal included a very positive review by architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable of "The High Line" exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art and the High Line project as a whole.

"'The High Line'—a project initiated by a private group, the Friends of the High Line, which has already enlisted state and city support and funding—brings us home to New York and a proposal that ranks with the best of them," writes Huxtable. "This imaginative and sensitive scheme is so well conceived and its design development is being so well orchestrated, in everything from its excellent Web site to its practical execution, that it serves as an object lesson for a preservation movement increasingly mired in sentimentality, amateurism and political infighting as judgment is defaulted through a lack of appropriate critical standards for modernist buildings coming of age."

Read The Wall Street Journal article



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MAY 11 DEADLINE FOR NEW HIGH LINE T-SHIRT SUBMISSIONS
Friends of the High Line is looking for a new T-shirt design. The shirts will be worn by members of the public who want to show support for the High Line at an upcoming New York City Council hearing. Following the hearing, the shirts will be sold in local stores.

Contest Deadline: May 11, 2005

The winning designer will receive two tickets to Friends of the High Line's 5th Annual Summer Benefit, on July 13, 2005 ($1,000 value).

View guidelines and submission requirements



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DONATE TO FRIENDS OF THE HIGH LINE
Though the future of the High Line looks much brighter now that the City of New York stands firmly behind efforts to create a great new public space on the structure, we still face many legal and financial challenges. By making an online donation, you will become part of an ever-growing group of supporters and will be invited to every major Friends of the High Line public event.


Click the DONATE button above and fill in the secure form to donate online by check or credit card (American Express, Discover, Mastercard and Visa). Friends of the High Line uses PayPal, which lets any individual or business with an e-mail address securely make donations online.


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