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New York, New York, But With A San Antonio Connection

Timothy Schenck
Cecilia Alemani

Artpace is hosting a lecture on Tuesday, November 18 about a New York City installation that has a San Antonio connection. You may remember a story I did a few months ago on the High Line, a public park on the west side of Manhattan.

Cecilia Alemani curates art for the High Line, which is an abandoned, elevated freight railroad.

“Imagine it’s a very long bridge suspended 30 feet in the sky. It has a lot of planting — gorgeous plantings and architecture."

You’re the High Line’s curator — what do you do?

“I organize and oversee the entire art program of the High Line, so every single day of the year when you go to the High Line, you will encounter art in different forms. It could be a traditional sculpture. It could be a very challenging installation. It could be a film, like a video projection. You could actually stumble upon a performance.”

So it’s not enough that there’s a park 30 feet off the ground — you also put art up there?

“Yes! We do. And we do have a very different audience from the audience that visits galleries and museums; our audience is much broader.”

You’re coming to San Antonio to speak to Artpace; is that right?

“I’m going to talk about the High Line and the Art program, looking at a lot of images, about what we do on the High Line, both in the realm of art, but also the fascinating history, you know, the making of this park in the sky.”

That San Antonio connection? The idea for the High Line came from San Antonian Robert Hammond.

We have more on the Artpace talk here.

The story on the Highline is here.

And also here.

Jack Morgan can be reached at jack@tpr.org and on Twitter at @JackMorganii