No matter how long you’ve lived in New York City, there are always new things to discover. Manhattan’s famous High Line has been opened for just under a decade, and this marvel of landscape architecture is constantly changing. There are always new cultural events and art exhibitions on display here, and the High Line itself is a crowning achievement in urban design and ecology. It was created on a former New York Central Railroad spur on the west side of Manhattan. Our New York City workers compensation lawyers recently visited here and thought we’d share some of our favorite experiences from our trip.
Adrian Melis: Selected Works
Adrian Melis is a video artist who creates videos regarding Cuban history and the contemporary lives of Cuban citizens. These intimate portraits capture the thoughts and feelings of the Cuban people through the use of text captions, sounds, humor, and scenes which depict daily life. Melis also acts as a narrator for certain scenes, including those related to labor, resources, and politics. Another common theme is what Cuba’s future may be like because of recent changes in U.S. policy.
This exhibition features three different films:
- Glories of a forgotten future
- The New Man and my father
- The Making of forty rectangular pieces for a floor construction
Sheila Hicks: Hop, Skip, Jump, and Fly: Escape From Gravity
American artist Sheila Hicks has been making artwork using fibers as a primary medium for over 50 years. Her Hop, Skip, Jump, And Fly: Escape From Gravity project is the latest groundbreaking art installation in her storied career. It features twisted colored fiber tubes which are designed based on inspiration from the environment surrounding the High Line, including construction mesh, scaffolding, streetscapes, unfinished lattices, and hanging crane cables.
Darren Bader: chess: relatives
Darren Bader specializes in performance art that questions the definition of art and how certain objects, events, thoughts, and concepts become art. His High Line commission piece, chess: relatives is a large-scale chessboard designed by Bader. Visitors to the High Line can participate in a live-action game of chess during the park’s open hours. Each player takes the place of a chess piece based on their familial relationship to others.
In order to play the game, visitors must gather a group of 32 participants. They’re encouraged to form groups with friends or family, but also may find strangers to participate. Two of the participants will act as players who move the chess pieces.
Various Artists: Mutations
Mutations features artworks from various artists in an open-air group exhibition. These pieces share a common theme: the relationship between man and nature, and how this relationship is changing as technology continues to advance. How are the boundaries between the natural world and human civilization defined, crossed, and broken with these changes? This exhibition asks these questions in the appropriate setting of a man-made construct (the railway) being overtaken by nature, but at the same time taming nature.
Henry Taylor: the floaters
Henry Taylor’s the floaters is a colorful mural on the side of a building at West 22nd St. This piece is a self-portrait which depicts Taylor and a friend relaxing in a swimming pool at the friend’s home in Palm Springs.