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Soapbox Response on the High Line

Monday, October 31, 2016
5 – 6pm
Under the Standard, on the High Line at 13th Street

Join us this election season for Soapbox Response, an opportunity to reflect on artist Zoe Leonard’s (b. 1961, Liberty, NY) 1992 text-based work I want a president. SoapBox Response invites artists, activists, and thinkers to share contemporary responses to Leonard’s work.

The piece is presented as a 20 x 30 foot wheat-paste installation adjacent to the High Line at West 13th Street, and was originally written the year that poet Eileen Myles ran for president as an independent candidate alongside George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Ross Perot. The text calls for a president who more accurately represents neglected and disenfranchised communities.

What would performance artists, poets, theater directors, and writers like to see their president be in 2016? Come discover it together, and join the conversation.


Shaun Leonardo

James Scruggs

Amir Parsa

Ivan Monforte

Meera Nair

Caron Atlas

Mahina Movement

Nancy Agabian

Mariposa Fernandez

Sol Aramendi

Jaret Vadera

Natalie N. Caro

Pauline Park

Paulina Perera-Riveroll

Risa Shoup

Susana Torruela Leval

Diya Vij

Andrea Louie

Marisa Lerer

“I want a president…(a collective reading-DC)” in partnership with Visual AIDS

…among many others


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.