Taco Cart Art Spices Up the High Line

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(Photos: Lisa Sigal and Paul Ramírez Jonas)

high line tacos.jpgArt and tacos! Just two more reasons to visit New York’s High Line, the elevated railway turned idyllic skypark. The innovative art/taco pairing comes courtesy of “Specials,” a roving art project by Lisa Sigal and Paul Ramírez Jonas commissioned by the new High Line Art initiative. “‘Specials’ serves multiple functions, some formal, some social, and some culinary,” explain the artists, who constructed a mobile taco stand from a couple of utility carts backed by a ten-foot-by-four-foot wall. From one side, they serve up (at no charge) assorted varieties of homemade tacos, and on the flip side, they exhibit artwork by the likes of Robert Gober and Allan McCollum. “With each manifestation of this project, a new taco is created, and a new show is curated.”

Last week, Sigal and Ramírez Jonas wowed the crowd with artworks by Fiona Tan and Regina Silveira and fed them potato and corn croquettes with red cabbage and avocado tacos. “Specials” returns to the High Line next Thursday, October 1, with a menu of work by artists who participated in the 1993 Whitney Biennial— including Glenn Ligon, Kiki Smith, and Fred Wilson—paired with squash and mushroom tacos topped with specially blended hot sauce. Follow the art-hungry mob to the 14th Street passage, just south of the 14th Street stair to the High Line, between 4 and 8 p.m.

Previously on UnBeige:

  • The High Line: A River Runs Through It…Both Ways