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Spencer Finch
High Line Art Talk

September 30, 2009
6:30 PM
14th Street Passage, on the High Line at West 14th Street

Artist Spencer Finch will discuss the concept and execution of his site-specific installation on the High Line, The River That Flows Both Ways, as well as other recent works.

The work, installed on the High Line before its opening in June, uses 700 panes of colored glass to evoke light conditions on the Hudson River, with each pane of glass representing a single minute of a one day. The piece was commissioned by Friends of the High Line and public art organization Creative Time, as the inaugural work on the High Line for its opening season.

Spencer Finch

Spencer Finch (b. 1972, Connecticut) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Finch’s mixed-media installations, photographs, and drawings investigate the phenomena of color and light in the natural environment, transforming the traditional genre of landscape into abstract grids of color. Recent solo exhibitions include James Cohan Gallery, New York (2013); Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis (2013); Lisson Gallery, Milan (2012); Nordenhake Gallery, Stockholm (2012); the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago (2011); and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (2010). Important commissions and public projects include the Culture Line at Paddington Station, London (2013); the glass façade for the Johns Hopkins Medical Center, Baltimore (2012); the “Civil House Court Project,” Haarlem, Netherlands; and the Park Avenue Armory, New York (2008), among others.

Program Partner

Over the past four decades, Creative Time has commissioned and presented ambitious public art projects with thousands of artists throughout New York City, across the country, around the world—and now even in outer space. Our work is guided by three core values: art matters, artists’ voices are important in shaping society, and public spaces are places for creative and free expression. We are acclaimed for the innovative and meaningful projects we have commissioned, from Tribute in Light, the twin beacons of light that illuminated lower Manhattan six months after 9/11, to bus ads promoting HIV awareness, to Paul Chan’s production of Waiting for Godot in New Orleans, and much more. In partnership with a variety of well-known cultural institutions and community groups, we have commissioned art in unique landmark sites from the Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Governors Island, and the High Line, to neglected urban treasures like the Lower East Side’s historic Essex Street Market, Coney Island, and New Orleans’s Lower 9th Ward. We are committed to presenting important art for our times and engaging broad audiences that transcend geographic, racial, and socioeconomic barriers.


This installation is presented in partnership with Creative Time, and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, and is made possible by a generous grant from The Rockefeller Foundation's New York City Cultural Innovation Fund. This project was made possible, in part, through the generous support of Chelsea Market and in-kind support from Jaroff Design and Mison Concepts, Inc.

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