June 2 - 30, 2011. Billboard east of the High Line at West 18th Street.
A Railroad Artifact, 30th St, May 2000 is the first work in Landscape with Path, a series of photographs presented on a large 25-by-75-foot billboard immediately adjacent to the High Line at West 18th Street.
Joel Sternfeld was invited by Friends of the High Line to kick off the series with one of his now-iconic images of the High Line, A Railroad Artifact, 30th St, May 2000. He was also invited to select the other two artists to follow his project. As guest curator for the series, he selected with the theme of the Landscape with Path, and invited Robert Adams and Darren Almond to exhibit their work following his own.
Joel Sternfeld photographed the High Line over the course of a year in 2000 - 2001. The images he shot of the space before its conversion into a public park show it as it was for many years: overgrown with wild plants; an untamed meadow-like space cutting through Manhattan's West Side. These images were important catalysts in conveying the potential for the space as a public green space, and helped convert many people into supporters of the movement to save it from demolition.
Landscape with Path celebrates the High Line's dual nature as an urban walkway and garden promenade, and brings the work of three celebrated photographers to park visitors on a grand scale. Each billboard will remain on view for one month, in June, August, and October, 2011.
About the Artist
Joel Sternfeld is internationally renowned for his photographs of people and the American landscape. He has had solo exhibitions of his work in New York, Rome, Berlin, Lisbon, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, among other cities. He is the recipient of many honors, including the Citigroup Photography Prize; the Prix de Rome; Shifting Foundation Fellowship; Grand Prize Winner, Higashikawa Festival of Photography, Japan; Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship; National Endowment for the Arts Photographers Fellowship. He lives in New York City, and has taught photography at Sarah Lawrence College since 1985, guiding the next generation of accomplished artists.
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. This program is supported, in part, with 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. In-kind sponsorship for this series is provided by Edison Properties.