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Eduardo Navarro
We who spin around you

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Performance from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Performances begin every half hour

High Line at the Rail Yards
On the High Line at West 32nd Street and 12th Avenue

Free Admission | Open To All Ages | No RSVP Required

Eduardo Navarro approaches each project like a case study, wherein he determines to become or create something new. Navarro repeatedly submerges himself within new non-artistic disciplines—be they scientific, legal, or spiritual—consequently rejecting the distance between himself and his object of study. For example, in his recent work Poema Volcanico, the artist hiked into the crater of the active volcano Guagua Pinchincha in Ecuador, where he exposed litmus paper to the sulfurous fumes of the volcano, effectively allowing the volcano’s energy to paint.

We who spin around you is a new work realized for the High Line at the Rail Yards. In the late afternoon as the sun begins to lower in the sky, Navarro invites participants to don custom-made bronze masks designed to help them safely view the sun, transforming it into a tiny dark green sphere. Then, an astrophysicist gives a brief lecture on solar history, and our changing relationship to science in the context of astronomy and solar studies. The work—situated at one of High Line visitors’ favorite spots for watching the sunset—invites viewers to think about their place in the surrounding terrestrial and celestial worlds.

Lectures are written and delivered by astrophysicists Jana Grcevich and Summer Ash.

Photos by Liz Ligon.

Eduardo Navarro

Eduardo Navarro (b. 1979, Argentina) lives and works in Buenos Aires. Recent solo exhibitions include Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City (2016); Faena Art Center, Buenos Aires (2013); and Ensayo de Situation, Di Tella University, Buenos Aires (2014). Navarro’s work has been featured in major international exhibitions including the upcoming 31st São Paulo Biennial, Brazil (2016); New Museum Triennial, New York (2015); 12th Sharjah Biennial, UAE (2015); 9th Mercosul Biennial, Brazil (2013); and 29th São Paulo Biennial, Brazil (2010).

 

 

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Summer Ash
Summer Ash is the Director of Outreach for Columbia University’s Department of Astronomy. Having been both a rocket scientist and a radio astronomer, she’s now harnessing her powers for science communication. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Scientific American, Slate, Nautilus Magazine, and Now.Space. She is also the in-house astrophysicist for The Rachel Maddow Show and co-founder of STARtorialist, a blog chronicling cutting-edge astronomy-inspired fashion.

Jana Grcevich
Dr. Jana Grcevich is a Davis Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow in Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. Grcevich is interested dwarf galaxies, the least massive and dimmest galaxies known to exist. She seeks to understand how they form stars and change over time. She is particularly interested in how the stars and gas we see in these dwarf galaxies relates to their dark matter. She is also searching for new dwarf galaxies by looking for the neutral hydrogen gas they may contain. Her research involves optical and radio observations as well as simulations.

Support

High Line Art is presented by Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Major support for High Line Art comes from Donald R. Mullen, Jr. and The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston. High Line Art is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council and from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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