Out of Line: The Eulogy, by Shaun Leonardo 6/15

Taking Ralph Ellison‘s novel Invisible Man as a starting point, The Eulogy delivers a poignant commentary on police violence in the United States in the style of a New Orleans second line funeral procession. Music by the Sugartone Brass Band will interweave Leonardo’s speech, punctuating the words that serve as a memorial, a rejection, a challenge, and a call to action all at once. Appropriate funeral attire is encouraged for this one-hour event on Thursday, June 15 at 8 PM at the Highline.

Now in its second year, Out of Line presents a new set of arresting, intriguing, and playful performances by some of New York City’s most exciting contemporary artists.

In the event of rain or inclement weather, this program will be rescheduled to Thursday, June 22, same time and location.


Shaun Leonardo is a multidisciplinary artist who uses modes of self-portraiture as a means to convey the complexities of masculine identity and question preconceived notions of manhood.  He is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work has been presented in galleries and institutions nationally and internationally, including recently in shows at the Brooklyn Museum, Studio Museum in Harlem, and 8th Floor Gallery. He received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.

Sugartone Brass Band has been funkin’ up the brass band scene in New York City for over a decade. The band was started in 2002 by Moses Patrou. The band has released three albums: Live in Brooklyn (2007), Fourth Man Down (2012), and Things Are Not the Same (2014). Sugartone Brass Band has appeared on MTV’s Making the Band,” the James Beard Awards Show, BET’s 106 and Park, and the New York Burlesque Festival. In May of 2017, Sugartone performed as the house band for ESPN Upfront.

Trumpets by Nathan Warner and Satoru Ohashi
Saxophone by Scott Bourgois
Trombones by Alex Jeun and Mark Williams
Sousaphone by Kenny Bentley
Snare Drum by Norman Edwards
Bass Drum by Moses Patrou

Out of Line: Shaun Leonardo, The Eulogy by Friends of the High Line                                                                                T

The High Line
Western Rail Yards
West 34th Street between 11th and 12th Avenues

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