Park update: The Spur and Coach Passage at 30th Street will be closed on Wednesday, September 22.
Kris Lemsalu has been alternately labeled a sculptor and a shaman, a feminist, a witch, and a punk—all monikers her shapeshifting self-portraits lap up playfully. The artist creates sculptures, installations, and performances piled high with multi-limbed ceramic creatures that appear to have escaped from fairytales we have yet to hear. Lemsalu’s ritualistic events and installations deal with transformation—from birth to death, and everything in between.
Lemsalu collaborates with artist and musician Kyp Malone to present their new commission A Snail’s Tale. The work features seven stations, each of which functions as a chapter in a story that unfolds as visitors traverse the park. The stations of music and narratives by the artists’ collaborators—performed by fellow artists, friends, and musicians—culminate on the Spur, with live performers presenting the climax of the story. The work stems from Lemsalu’s own nostalgia for returning to this city, as well as the dense history felt throughout the High Line and its surroundings. The performances features Lara Allen, Kate Farstad, Forrest Gillespie, Andi Maghenheimer, and Katy Pinke.
Performers are stationed in the park between 17th St. and 30th St. on the Spur. Starting at 17th St. at 6:30pm, Lemsalu leads a walk north along the High Line, stopping at each performer’s station along the way. The performance ends with a finale at 30th St. at the Spur at approximately 7:30pm.
There will be seating and additional space for the audience to spread out on the Spur. Please note that event participants will be walking ~0.8 miles.
We encourage all persons with disabilities to attend. To request additional information regarding accessibility or accommodations at a program, please contact email@example.com. Program venues are accessible via wheelchair, and ASL interpretation can be arranged two weeks in advance.
Organized by Melanie Kress, High Line Art Associate Curator.
Kris Lemsalu (b. 1985, Tallinn, Estonia) and Kyp Malone (b. 1973, Moon, Pennsylvania) live and work in New York, New York. Recent solo exhibitions have been featured at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany (2020); Tramway, Glasgow, Scotland (2019); Secession, Vienna, Austria (2018); Goldsmiths CCA, London, England (2018); and Performa 17 Biennial (2017). Notable group exhibitions have been featured at Muzeum Susch, Zürich, Switzerland (2019); SALTS, Birsfelden, Switzerland (2019); and Fondation Cartier, Paris, France (2019). Lemsalu presented the Estonian Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2019).
Lead support for High Line Art comes from Amanda and Don Mullen. Major support for High Line Art is provided by Shelley Fox Aarons and Philip E. Aarons, The Brown Foundation, Inc., and Charina Endowment Fund. Project support is provided by Charlotte Feng Ford. Additional support is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. High Line Art is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council, under the leadership of Speaker Corey Johnson.