Naama Tsabar creates sculptures, installations, and performances that often transform the exhibition space itself into a musical instrument to be played. With a background as a musician and bartender, Tsabar infuses her work with materials, sounds, and smells taken from nocturnal environments. Tsabar’s sculptural works—for example, a double guitar played by two facing musicians, or a wall that can be played only from the inside—can become sensuously intimate, highlighting the capacity of sound to break down the delineations between people and spaces.
For her performance on the High Line, Tsabar presents the third iteration of Composition 20, inviting a group of 20 musicians to utilize their amps—which are scattered across the park’s pathway—both as a sound-amplifying source and as a pedestal to stand on. For the work, Tsabar commissions three composers to craft unique musical scores, all to be performed simultaneously by different sets of the musicians. As the musicians step up onto their amps, their collective shifting silhouette forms a sculptural composition that complements the accompanying sonic one.
Organized by Cecilia Alemani, Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Director & Chief Curator, and Melanie Kress, High Line Art Associate Curator.
Naama Tsabar (b. 1982, Israel) lives and works in New York. Recent solo exhibitions have been featured at Paramo Gallery, Guadalajara, Mexico (2016); MARTE-Contemporary, San Salvador, El Salvador (2014); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2014); and Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel (2010). Notable group exhibitions include Point Of Contact, CCS Bard Hessel Museum, New York (2015); The Chicago Triangle, Haifa Museum of Art, Israel (2014); and Greater New York, MoMA PS1, New York (2010).
High Line Art is presented by Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Major support for High Line Art comes from Donald R. Mullen, Jr. and The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston. 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 and from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.