1. Putting the finishing touches on the 2014 Biennial. The exhibition opens Friday!

    Putting the finishing touches on the 2014 Biennial. The exhibition opens Friday!

  2. The 2014 Biennial catalogue is now available! Pick one up at the Museum Shop.

    The 2014 Biennial catalogue is now available! Pick one up at the Museum Shop.

  3. What most informs my curating are conversations with living artists, trying to find secret histories that haven’t been properly acknowledged, and travel—getting out of my comfort zone to find new places and new conversations.

    — Stuart Comer, one of the three curators of the 2014 BiennialIn the first installment of a three-part Q&A in Whitney Stories, Comer, Michelle Grabner, and Anthony Elms share their thoughts on curating the Museum’s signature exhibition.

  4. 
We’re very saddened to hear of Michael Asher’s passing. For the 2010 Whitney Biennial he kept the museum open for three days straight. (View video of our lobby during those 72 hours.) 

    We’re very saddened to hear of Michael Asher’s passing. For the 2010 Whitney Biennial he kept the museum open for three days straight. (View video of our lobby during those 72 hours.) 

  5. Alicia Hall Moran & Jason Moran’s week-long Biennial residency included a cover of Beyoncé’s “Run the World (Girls)” with taiko drummers, among many other events. 

  6. billyzhao:

Latoya Ruby Fraizer performance at the Whitney Biennial

    billyzhao:

    Latoya Ruby Fraizer performance at the Whitney Biennial

  7. 

Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929), Fireflies on the Water, 2002. © Yayoi Kusama. Photograph courtesy Robert Miller Gallery
This installation, one of Kusama’s “infinity mirror rooms,” was originally shown in the 2004 Whitney Biennial and is part of the Whitney’s collection. Fireflies goes on view June 13 in anticipation of a large Kusama retrospective, which opens July 12, 2012. 

    Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929), Fireflies on the Water, 2002. © Yayoi Kusama. Photograph courtesy Robert Miller Gallery

    This installation, one of Kusama’s “infinity mirror rooms,” was originally shown in the 2004 Whitney Biennial and is part of the Whitney’s collection. Fireflies goes on view June 13 in anticipation of a large Kusama retrospective, which opens July 12, 2012. 

  8. Details of an installation shot of Nicole Eisenman’s monotypes, on view through Sunday, May 27 as part of the 2012 Biennial

    Installation photograph by Sheldan C. Collins

  9. Installation view of Lutz Bacher, Baseballs II, 2011. The installation will be on view through June 3, 2012 as part of the Biennial. 
Photograph by Bill Orcutt

    Installation view of Lutz Bacher, Baseballs II, 2011. The installation will be on view through June 3, 2012 as part of the Biennial. 

    Photograph by Bill Orcutt

  10. tmagazine:

As part of the Whitney Biennial, the artist K8 Hardy riffed on fashion pageantry, presenting a full-scale live runway show.

    tmagazine:

    As part of the Whitney Biennial, the artist K8 Hardy riffed on fashion pageantry, presenting a full-scale live runway show.

  11. Lutz Bacher, Baseballs II, 2011. The installation will be on view through June 3, 2012 as part of the Biennial. 
Photograph by Andrew Russeth via the New York Observer

    Lutz Bacher, Baseballs II, 2011. The installation will be on view through June 3, 2012 as part of the Biennial. 

    Photograph by Andrew Russeth via the New York Observer

  12. Audio of filmmaker Werner Herzog’s talk with 2012 Biennial curators Jay Sanders and Elisabeth Sussman is now up on our website. Hearsay of the Soul, Herzog’s Biennial contribution is on view through May 27, 2012. 
Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke

    Audio of filmmaker Werner Herzog’s talk with 2012 Biennial curators Jay Sanders and Elisabeth Sussman is now up on our website. Hearsay of the SoulHerzog’s Biennial contribution is on view through May 27, 2012. 

    Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke


  13. Kevin Jerome Everson’s feature film Quality Control screens May 23-27, 2012. The Biennial closes May 27. 

  14. John Kelsey, Depesrsion, Impoetnce, 2012. 

    Kelsey repurposed found language from spam emails for these “poems,” which he presents on paper featuring the old Whitney Museum insignia, the eagle. The lists of names indicate the emails’ senders, the titles are drawn from the subject lines, and the “stanzas” consist of the seemingly random, cut and pasted content of the messages. 

    Bottom right photograph by Tyko

  15. John C. Welchman, co-director of the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, gave a lovely presentation on Kelley’s work on May 20, 2012. One of Welchman’s slides, above, features photos of Kelley and his childhood home, which was the inspiration for his Mobile Homestead project. 
The 2012 Biennial is dedicated to Mike Kelley. 

    John C. Welchman, co-director of the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, gave a lovely presentation on Kelley’s work on May 20, 2012. One of Welchman’s slides, above, features photos of Kelley and his childhood home, which was the inspiration for his Mobile Homestead project. 

    The 2012 Biennial is dedicated to Mike Kelley.