Whitney Museum

2010 Whitney Biennial

25 Feb - 30 May 2010

© Pae White
Smoke Knows, 2009 (detail)
Cotton and polyester
114 × 258 in. (289.6 × 655.3 cm)
Collection of the artist; courtesy greengrassi, London and 1301PE, Los Angeles. Photograph by Fredrik Nilsen
2010 WHITNEY BIENNIAL

February 25–May 30, 2010

2010 curators Francesco Bonami and Gary Carrion-Murayari share their ideas about the Whitney Biennial.

Gary Carrion-Murayari: “The Biennial has meant different things at different moments, and I think each group of curators approaches the Biennial in a different way. We’re trying to represent one particular moment in time. But I think that within the institution the Biennial has often been the basis for the collection. So a lot of work gets purchased out of the Biennial, and that ends up shaping what kind of story we tell about American art in general. It’s not necessarily a perfect history, but also it’s an experience for visitors who come here to see the show—they’ll take away a very particular memory of what artists have to say at this moment.”

Francesco Bonami: “I think the Biennial is like—in the life of the Museum—it’s like an anniversary in the life of people. The museums, like people, they need moments to celebrate themselves and that’s what a Biennial is. The Biennial happens every two years, and it’s a moment of celebration of the history of the Museum—of the reason why the Museum exists, of the nature of the Museum. Again, it’s like a person. If not there would be a flux of time without an interruption and I think that as people, Museums are live entities and they need to have some moments where they recognize this liveliness of their existence.”

David Adamo, Richard Aldrich, Michael Asher, Tauba Auerbach, Nina Berman, Huma Bhabha, Josh Brand, The Bruce, High Quality Foundation, James Casebere,
Edgar Cleijne and Ellen Gallagher, Dawn Clements, George Condo, Sarah Crowner, Verne Dawson, Julia Fish, Roland Flexner, Suzan Frecon, Maureen Gallace, Theaster Gates, Kate Gilmore, Hannah Greely, Jesse Aron Green, Robert Grosvenor, Sharon Hayes, Thomas Houseago, Alex Hubbard, Jessica Jackson, Hutchins, Jeffrey Inaba, Martin Kersels, Jim Lutes, Babette Mangolte, Curtis Mann, Ari Marcopoulos, Daniel McDonald, Josephine Meckseper, Rashaad Newsome, Kelly Nipper, Lorraine O’Grady, R.H. Quaytman, Charles Ray, Emily Roysdon, Aki Sasamoto, Aurel Schmidt, Scott Short, Stephanie Sinclair, Ania Soliman, Storm Tharp, Tam Tran, Kerry Tribe, Piotr Uklański, Lesley Vance, Marianne Vitale, Erika Vogt, Pae White, Robert Williams
 

Tags: David Adamo, Richard Aldrich, Tauba Auerbach, Huma Bhabha, Josh Brand, James Casebere, Dawn Clements, George Condo, Sarah Crowner, Verne Dawson, Julia Fish, Roland Flexner, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, Suzan Frecon, Maureen Gallace, Ellen Gallagher, Theaster Gates, Kate Gilmore, Hannah Greely, Robert Grosvenor, Sharon Hayes, Bruce High, Thomas Houseago, Alex Hubbard, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Martin Kersels, Babette Mangolte, Curtis Mann, Ari Marcopoulos, Josephine Meckseper, Rashaad Newsome, Kelly Nipper, Lorraine O'Grady, Lorraine O\'Grady, R.H. Quaytman, Charles Ray, Emily Roysdon, Aki Sasamoto, Aurel Schmidt, Scott Short, Kerry Tribe, Piotr Uklanski, Lesley Vance, Marianne Vitale, Erika Vogt, Pae White