High Line Nine galleries transform into socially-distanced ‘living storefronts’

July 14, 2020

Image by Vicky Barranguet

As New York City slowly reopens with some semblance of normalcy, art galleries are also returning. Earlier this month, the High Line Nine introduced a new initiative that transforms five of its galleries into “living storefronts.” The High Line Nine Artist Residency, titled “Dare to Reimagine,” allows visitors to walk through the corridor in Chelsea and view artists at work through glass-walled studios. And all works on display will be available for purchase through scannable QR-codes on-site.

Luke Baggott; Image by Chris Kent for Related Companies

Artist Rubin415; Image by Tony Rubin Sjöman

The galleries at the High Line Nine, which surround Zaha Hadid’s condo at 520 West 28th Street, have been converted into “artist storefronts,” allowing the public to walk through the passageway, view the artists’ creative process, and buy finished work. Participating artists include Nicholas V. Sanchez, Vicky Barranguet, Casey Baugh, Luke Baggott, and Tony “Rubin” Sjöman.

Access to “Dare to Reimagine” is free, but guests must wear face coverings and maintain six feet of social distance from others.

Art created during the residency–presented by the High Line Nine and Sugarlift–will be on display during a group show later this year. Some pieces will also be displayed at several properties overseen by Related Companies.

Vicky Barranguet; Image by Chris Kent for Related Companies

The artists moved into the workspace earlier this month and will be available to be seen by the public Monday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. until August 15. See artwork available for purchase here.

The residency program comes as the High Line park is set to reopen Thursday with a new timed-entry reservation system. The High Line will be open daily from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Foot traffic in the park will move north in one direction from Gansevoort Street to 23rd Street. Staircases at 14th, 16th, 20th, 23rd Streets will be exit only.


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