April 15 – May 31, 2013
8:00 – 10:00 PM Daily
HIGH LINE CHANNEL 22, Seating Steps, on the High Line at West 22nd Street
Presented by Friends of the High Line, High Line Art is pleased to announce that it will present Colombian artist Oscar Muñoz’s 2003 video Re/trato on HIGH LINE CHANNEL 22, a series of outdoor screenings projected on a building to the east of the High Line at West 22nd Street. Visible from the park’s Seating Steps, as well as the sidewalk on West 22nd Street, Re/trato will be on view daily from 8:00 to 10:00 PM.
One of Colombia’s most influential artists, Oscar Muñoz has created an impressive body of work that investigates memory and history, and the ways both intertwine with our contemporary society. For the High Line, Muñoz presents Re/trato, a video in which you see the artist painting a self-portrait on a concrete sidewalk by using a brush and water. His hand continuously paints as the portrait evaporates, creating an endless drawing. Reflecting on the ephemeral nature of identity, the work highlights the liminal space between remembering and forgetting, between an image and its obliteration.
“This is one of the most poignant works by Oscar Muñoz and it is particularly touching to see it installed in a public space,” said Cecilia Alemani, the Donald R. Mullen Jr. Curator & Director of High Line Art. “Watching Re/trato in this setting, it acts as a constant reminder of the challenges that we all face when trying to capture an image and the idea that nothing lasts forever.”
About Oscar Muñoz
Oscar Muñoz (b. 1951, Colombia) lives and works in Cali, Colombia. Recent solo exhibitions include Museo Banco de la República, Bogotá, Colombia (2011); Circulo de Bellas Artes, Sala Goya, Madrid (2010); Museo Tamayo, Mexico (2009); Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (2009); Institute of International Visual Arts, Rivington Place, London (2008); Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto (2008); Korea Foundation, Seoul (2008); Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe (2007). Select group exhibitions include Center for Contemporary Art, Florence (2011); The Blanton Museum of Art, Austin (2011); Denver Museum of Art, Denver (2011); Museum of Fine Art, Houston (2010); Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia (2010); National Art Museum of China, Beijing (2008); Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2007); Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago (2007); The Drawing Center, New York (2006); El Museo del Barrio, New York, (2005); and the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC (2004). Select biennials and festivals include Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe (2010); 52nd Venice Biennale, Venice (2007); 51st Venice Biennale, Venice (2005); 6th Bienal de la Habana, Habana, Cuba (1997); and the Kwangju International Biennale, Kwangju, Korea (1994).
Support High Line Art is presented by Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. High Line Art is supported by Vital Projects Fund, Inc., and, 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 with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. In-kind sponsorship for HIGH LINE BILLBOARD is provided by Edison ParkFast.