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THRESHOLD by Alexandra Pirici


  • The Highline West 30th between 11th and 12th ave New York, NY (map)

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. 4pm-7pm. The Highline around 30th between 11th and 12th.

"Anyone strolling the High Line between Tuesday, Sept. 5, and Thursday may encounter traffic in the Rail Yards, the park’s northernmost section. At 30th Street between 11th and 12th Avenues, performers will create a moving barrier for pedestrians to pass through. The event, from 4 to 7 p.m., is Alexandra Pirici’s “Threshold,” a work that the artist describes not as a performance but as an “ongoing action.”

Inspired by images of thresholds in history and art, from a barricade erected during the Paris Commune to those depicted in the Spanish painter Francisco Goya’s “Disasters of War” series, “Threshold” acts as a portal between the eastern and western Rail Yards, inviting reflection on borders and walls. It’s not the first time that Ms. Pirici, who lives and works in Bucharest and Berlin, has brought performers and spectators into close contact. Her recent “Aggregate,” at the gallery Neuer Berliner Kunstverein in Berlin, cleverly confused the roles of watching and being watched; “Threshold” may do the same." - The New York Times, Alexandra Pirici Installs a 'Threshold' at the High Line, by Siobhan Burke