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Wanderlust with Roman Ondak

Group exhibition
High Line Art, New York
May 2 – September 30, 2016

Wanderlust is a group exhibition that explores the themes of walking, journeys, and pilgrimages. Inspired by the High Line as an ambulatory space experienced most naturally in motion, Wanderlust extends the tradition of Conceptual art wherein the act of walking served as an inspiration for many artists who explored life both in the urban context and in an ambivalent confrontation with nature.

On the High Line, itself an urban promenade that combines nature and architecture, the act of walking is both celebrated and taken for granted. Wanderlust invites viewers to remember the many implications of the journeys and walks they take every day, placing them within a secular tradition that expands beyond art into both everyday life and our shared cultural histories.

Roman Ondak (b. 1966, Slovakia) presents Teaching to Walk, a performance first presented in Prague in 2002, wherein the artist invited a friend and her son to perform the paired act of learning and teaching how to walk in a gallery context. For the High Line, Ondak invites individual mothers and caregivers with eight-to-twelve-month-old sons to teach them to walk in the park.


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