Posted Dec 6
Friends of the High Line, based in New York City, recently announced that Austin will be one of five cities to participate in the inaugural joint art initiative of the High Line Network. The exhibition is titled New Monuments for New Cities and will travel across North America in 2019. Waller Creek Conservancy (WCC), together with High Line Art, selected five Central Texas artists for the multi-city exhibition which will be on view at Waller Creek from March through May of 2019. In addition to Austin, the exhibition will also travel to Houston, Chicago, Toronto, and New York. Full details can be found in the attached press release from Friends of the High Line.
“We are thrilled to participate in this international effort because of the compelling, timely subject matter addressed and because it is a fantastic way to support local artists,” commented Peter Mullan, Waller Creek Conservancy CEO. “At Waller Creek, we are not only constructing physical spaces, we are also building community – a community that supports arts and culture and explores new ways of telling the history of this place.”
WCC will host a variety of public programs in conjunction with the exhibition including an opening celebration and an artist panel. All events and programs will take place at the new home of the organization’s operations, Symphony Square, located on Red River between 11th St. and 12th St. A full calendar of WCC’s spring events will be released early next year.
PARTICIPATING CENTRAL TEXAS ARTISTS:
PARTICIPATING CITIES INCLUDE:
Buffalo Bayou, Houston, Texas; February - April, 2019
Waller Creek, Austin, Texas; March - May, 2019
The 606, Chicago, Illinois; May - July, 2019
The Bentway, Toronto, Ontario; May - August, 2019
The High Line, New York, New York; September - October, 2019
Read coverage by The New York Times to learn more and see the full list of artists.
Local supporters of New Monuments for New Cities at Waller Creek include BBVA Compass and City of Austin Cultural Arts Division.
About Waller Creek Conservancy
Waller Creek Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to create and maintain a chain of extraordinary urban parks around a restored Waller Creek, in partnership with the City of Austin, for the benefit of all. The Conservancy renews the natural environment, promotes play, health and wellness, economic vitality, and mobility, and engages the community through outreach, education, cultural events, and the arts.
About Waller Creek
The Waller Creek project is a chain of urban parks around a restored Waller Creek in downtown Austin, running one-and-a-half miles from Lady Bird Lake to 15th Street between Trinity Street and IH-35. When complete, the Waller Creek project will include 35 acres of newly designed and connected urban parks. The project represents a unique public-private partnership between the Waller Creek Conservancy and the City of Austin. The parks are designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh and Associates, Inc.; their team includes architects Thomas Phifer and Partners as well as local designers and collaborators.
About High Line Network
Presented by Friends of the High Line, the High Line Network is a group of industrial reuse projects—and the people who help them come to life. As cities become denser and land for traditional parks becomes scarce, citizens are finding creative ways to bring greenspace to their neighborhoods. Projects in the High Line Network transform underutilized infrastructure into new urban landscapes. Redefining what a park can be, these hybrid spaces are also public squares, open-air museums, botanical gardens, social service organizations, walkways, transit corridors, and more.
The High Line Network is made possible by the founding support of The JPB Foundation.
About Friends Of The High Line
Friends of the High Line is the nonprofit organization responsible for the High Line. We raise nearly 100% of the High Line’s annual budget. Owned by the City of New York, the High Line is programmed, maintained, and operated by Friends of the High Line, in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.
Through excellence in operations, stewardship, innovative programming, and world-class design, we seek to engage the vibrant and diverse community on and around the High Line, to raise the essential private funding to help complete the High Line’s construction, and to create an endowment for its future operations.