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Darren Bader, "chess: relatives": Pick-Up Game


July 6, 2017
5 pm – 7:00 pm

On the High Line at 13th St.

For his High Line Commission, artist Darren Bader presents a large-scale chess board installed on the High Line designed to be played on by park visitors. For Bader’s game, the traditional chess pieces are replaced by people, making for a fun, interactive game of chess. Visitors are invited to play their own pick-up games throughout the year, and High Line Art is organizing a number of games between interested groups.

There is one catch in Bader’s version of the game: when visitors become chess pieces, their positions are determined by their familial relationships to others. For example, all four Bishops could be grandchildren, grandmothers, or brothers-in-law to people who may or may not be present at the time of the game. High Line Art staff will be on hand to help organize.

On July 6,High Line Art is organizing a special pick-up game for up to 34 individuals and small groups who would like to play. Come on down to the High Line to test your chess skills, and make new friends in the process!

Darren Bader, "chess: relatives": Pick-Up Game

Darren Bader (b. Bridgeport, Connecticut) lives and works in New York City. Recent solo exhibitions have been presented internationally at venues including Kölsnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany (2015) and MoMA PS1, New York City (2012). Bader’s work has been included in group exhibitions at institutions such as Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria (2015); Serralves Museum, Porto, Portugal (2015); and Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2013). His work was in international exhibitions including the 13th Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, France (2015) and the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2014).


Major support for High Line Art comes from Donald R. Mullen, Jr. and The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston. Additional funding is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. 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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