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Photo by Friends of the High Line

Lisa Sigal and Paul Ramírez Jonas


September 17 & October 1, 2009

14th Street Passage, on the High Line at West 14th Street

Specials is a collaboration between artists Lisa Sigal and Paul Ramírez Jonas, launched in June 2009. For this ongoing, roving art project, the artists have constructed a mobile unit composed of vendor carts and a 10 x 4 foot wall. On one side of the wall consists of artwork by a wide range of artists; on the flip side, they serve homemade tacos, free of charge. Each time Specials is presented, the artwork and the type of taco change, in the manner of restaurants’ daily menu specials or art galleries’ changing exhibition schedules. This project deliberately blurs the boundaries between visual art, performance, social gathering space, and festive event. As the artists have stated, “Specials will continue to evolve following a desire to go beyond tired dichotomies of inside/outside, art audience/non art audience, viewer versus participant. It is not This or That; it is This and That.”

Thursday, September 17, 4:00 – 8:00 PM
Featuring works by Fiona Tan and Regina Silveira, and a potato and corn croquette with red cabbage and avocado taco.

Thursday, October 1, 4:00 – 8:00 PM
Featuring artists who participated in the 1993 Whitney Biennial, including Janine Antoni, Byron Kim, Simon Leung, Glenn Ligon, Suzanne McClelland, Kiki Smith and Fred Wilson, and a spicy pumpkin taco.

Artist bio

Lisa Sigal (b. 1962, Pennsylvania) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Recent solo exhibitions include LAX Art, Los Angeles (2013); NOMA Gallery, San Francisco (2012); Frederieke Taylor Gallery, New York (2007); Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut (2005); and White Columns, New York (2000). Notable group exhibitions include shows with Public Art Fund, New York (2013); Essl Museum, Vienna (2012); Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta (2009); and the New Museum, New York (2008), among others.

Paul Ramírez Jonas (b. 1965, California) lives and works. Recent solo exhibitions include Leo Koenig, New York (2013); Nara Roesler, São Paulo, Brazil (2013); Alexander Gray Associates, New York (2011); Creative Time, New York (2010); and the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut (2008). Group exhibitions include Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon (2013); El Museo del Barrio, New York (2012); Henry Art Gallery, Seattle (2012); and MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts (2011), among others.


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.