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30th Street Challenge
Give by June 20

To meet the demands of our busiest time of the year, we ask all friends of the High Line to help us raise a total of $30,000—$1,000 for each block of our 1.5-mile-long park along Manhattan’s West Side.

Photo by Liz Ligon

David Lamelas

Time Line on the High Line

July 22, 23 & 24, 2014

July 22, 2014, 6:30 PM
On the High Line under The Standard Hotel, at Little West 12th Street

July 23, 2014, 6:30 PM
On the High Line at West 24th Street

July 24, 2014, 6:30 PM
On the High Line at West 22nd Street

David Lamelas produces performances, photographs, films, and installations that arrange simple, often minimalist forms to encourage localized awareness of time and space. A key figure of the Argentine Conceptual avant-garde of the 1970s, Lamelas has been working in Los Angeles since 1970. He is renowned for his influential and innovative investigations of fundamental concepts such as time, space, and language. The artist is interested in the dematerialization of art and the durational potential of ideas and constantly pushes the viewer to reevaluate our physical and metaphorical position in the world.

For the High Line, Lamelas will invite park visitors and the neighboring community to participate in a new interpretation of Time, a work originally performed in 1970 at Les Arcs, a ski resort in the French Alps. For Time Line on the High Line, Lamelas invites a group of people to stand along a line, beginning the piece by announcing the time at that very moment to the first participant in line, who then “holds” the time for an estimated one minute, at which point they then announce the time out loud and “pass” it to the next person, and so on, eventually revealing the subjective nature of time. Visitors are encouraged to join the line at any point as well as using their native language to announce the time, adding their own subjective sense of time to the performance’s duration, both temporally and physically.

Organized by Cecilia Alemani, Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Director & Chief Curator, with Melanie Kress, High Line Art Associate Curator.

Artist bio

David Lamelas (b. 1946, Argentina) lives and works in Buenos Aires, Paris, and Los Angeles. Recent solo exhibitions include FRAC Lorraine, Metz (2014); Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo (2013); Bloomberg Space, London (2011); Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Switzerland (2007); Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, Argentina (2006); Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City (2005); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2005); and Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany (2005). Notable international traveling group exhibitions include GLAM!, traveling to Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, Austria (2014); Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany (2013); and Tate, Liverpool, United Kingdom (2013); The Last Picture Show: Artists Using Photography, traveling to Miami Art Central, Miami (2005); Fotomuseum Winterthur, Zurich, Switzerland (2004 – 2005); Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, Vigo, Spain (2004); The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2004); and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2003 – 2004). In 1968, Lamelas represented Argentina at the 34th Venice Biennale. Major biennials include the 29th Bienal De São Paulo, Brazil (2010); the 7th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2008); the 3rd Berlin Biennale, Germany (2004); and the Septième Biennale de Paris, France (1971).


High Line Art is presented by Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. High Line Art is made possible by Donald R. Mullen, Jr. and The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston, with additional support from David Zwirner Gallery, and Vital Projects Fund, Inc. High Line Art is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Courtesy Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, Caracas and New York.