17. March - 11. June 2017 Whitney Museum of Art


Aliza Nisenbaum, La Talaverita, Sunday Morning NY Times, 2016. Oil on linen, 68 × 88 in. (172.7 × 223.5 cm). Collection of the artist; courtesy T293 Gallery, Rome and Mary Mary, Glasgow
Shara Hughes, In The Clear, 2016. Oil, acrylic and dye on canvas, 172.7 × 152.4 cm. Collection of the artist; courtesy the artist and Rachel Uffner, New York
Raúl de Nieves, Somos Monstros, 2016. Cloth patches, fabric, and mannequin, Courtesy the artist and Company Gallery, New York

Longest-running Survey of American Art Returns

The 2017 Whitney Biennial, the seventy-eighth installment of the longest-running survey of American art, arrives at a time rife with racial tensions, economic inequities, and polarizing politics.

Throughout the exhibition, artists challenge us to consider how these realities affect our senses of self and community. This formation of the individual’s place in a turbulent society is among the key themes reflected in the work of the artists selected for this year’s Whitney Biennial.

The exhibition features sixty-three individuals and collectives whose work takes a wide variety of forms, from painting and installation to activism and video-game design. In addition to the art exhibition, for ten consecutive weekends, the Biennial film program will present new moving image works in the Susan and John Hess Family Theater.

At once radical and quiet, global and intimate, the selected works explore subjective and affective experiences of the contemporary political and social moment. Reflecting on the urgent themes seen in the exhibition, the film program features some of the most exciting voices working in moving image today.

The 2017 Biennial is the Museum’s seventy-eighth in a continuous series of Annual and Biennial exhibitions initiated by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in 1932.

It is the largest ever in terms of gallery space and the first to be held in the Whitney’s downtown home at 99 Gansevoort Street, from March 17–June 11, 2017.



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