Arts & Cultural Events

Readings and Performances in Response to Zoe Leonard's “I Want a President“

Sunday, November 6, 2016
1 – 3pm
Chelsea Market Passage | On the High Line at West 16th Street

High Line Art hosts an afternoon of readings and performances in response to Zoe Leonard’s I want a president (1992), which is currently on view on the western pillar of The Standard, High Line, through November 17, 2016. Readings and performances will be presented by Morgan Bassichis, Justin Vivian Bond, Mel Elberg, Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade, Sharon Hayes, Layli Long Soldier, Fred Moten, Eileen Myles, Pamela Sneed, and Wu Tsang. Learn more about the participants here.

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Installed on the occasion of the upcoming 2016 U.S. presidential election,
I want a president renders a poignant portrait of the cultural and political climate in the early 1990s in New York City with words that still resonate today. Leonard originally wrote I want a president in 1992, the year that poet Eileen Myles ran for president as an independent candidate alongside George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Ross Perot. Read more about the artwork here.


Zoe Leonard, I want a president, is presented by High Line Art and The Standard, High Line.

Major support for High Line Art comes from Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Additional funding is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and Dorothy Lichtenstein. 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.