Whitney Biennial

Whitney Biennial 2017

17 Mar - 11 Jun 2017

Celeste Dupuy-Spencer (b. 1979), Fall with Me for a Million Days (My Sweet Waterfall), 2016. Oil on canvas, 60 x 48 in. (152.4 x 121.9 cm). Private collection; courtesy the artist and Mier Gallery, Los Angeles
Tommy Hartung (b. 1979), still from The Lesser Key of Solomon, 2015. Ultra-high-definition video, color, sound; 8:05 min. Collection of the artist; courtesy On Stellar Rays, New York
Puppies Puppies (b. 1989), Liberty (Liberté), 2017. Performance, March 13, 2017. 2017 Whitney Biennial (March 17-June 11, 2017). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, N.Y. Courtesy of the artist and Balice Hertling, Paris. Photograph by Matt Carasella
Jessi Reaves (b. 1986), Basket Chair with Brown Pillow, 2017. Wood, metal, sawdust, wood glue, wicker basket, caning, cotton batting, polyester, and hardware, 36 x 22 x 30 in. (91.4 x 55.9 x 76.2 cm). Collection of the artist; courtesy Bridget Donahue, New York. Photograph by Ben Ganscos
Jo Baer (b.1929), Dusk (Bands and End-Points), 2012. Oil on canvas, 86 5⁄8 x 118 1⁄8 in. (220 x 300 cm). Collection of the artist; courtesy Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin. Photograph by Gert Jan van Rooij
Tala Madani (b. 1981), Shitty Disco, 2016. Oil on linen, 55 x 44 in. (140 x 112 cm). Collection of the artist; courtesy Pilar Corrias Gallery, London
Porpentine Charity Heartscape (b. 1987) and Neotenomie, With Those We Love Alive, 2014. Hypertext. Courtesy the artists
GCC (founded 2013), installation view of Local Police find fruit with spells, 2017. Metal, styrofoam, fiberglass, wood, latext pain, concrete pavers, faux rocks and other materials, dimensions variable. Collection of the artists; courtesy Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin; Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York; and Project Native Informant, London. Photograph by Bill Orcutt
Henry Taylor (b. 1958), The 4th, 2012. Acrylic on canvas, top: 90 × 74 in. (228.6 × 188 cm); bottom: 66 × 74 in. (167.6 × 188 cm); overall: 156 × 74 in. (396.2 × 188 cm). Collection of the artist; Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/New York/Tokyo. Photograph by Sam Kahn
The formation of self and the individual’s place in a turbulent society are among the key themes reflected in the work of the artists selected for the 2017 Whitney Biennial. The exhibition includes sixty-three participants, ranging from emerging to well-established individuals and collectives working in painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, film and video, photography, activism, performance, music, and video game design.

The Whitney Biennial is the longest running survey of contemporary art in the United States, with a history of exhibiting the most promising and influential artists and provoking lively debate. 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 first to be held in the Whitney’s downtown home at 99 Gansevoort Street, and the largest ever in terms of gallery space.

Curators: Christopher Y. Lew and Mia Locks.
The film program is organized by the curators in coronation with Aily Nash.
Recipient of the 2017 Bucksbaum Award: Pope.L

Participating Artists:

Zarouhie Abdalian
Born 1982 in New Orleans, LA
Lives in New Orleans, LA

Basma Alsharif
Born 1983 in Kuwait City, Kuwait
Lives in Los Angeles, CA

Jo Baer
Born 1929 in Seattle, WA
Lives in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Eric Baudelaire
Born 1973 in Salt Lake City, UT
Lives in Paris, France

Robert Beavers
Born 1949 in Brookline, MA
Lives in Berlin, Germany and Falmouth, MA

Larry Bell
Born 1939 in Chicago, IL
Lives in Taos, NM and Los Angeles, CA

Matt Browning
Born 1984 in Redmond, WA
Lives in Seattle, WA

Susan Cianciolo
Born 1969 in Providence, RI
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

Mary Helena Clark
Born 1983 in Santee, SC
Lives in Hamilton, NY

John Divola
Born 1949 in Santa Monica, CA
Lives in Riverside, CA

Celeste Dupuy-Spencer
Born 1979 in New York, NY
Lives in Los Angeles, CA

Rafa Esparza
Born 1981 in Los Angeles, CA
Lives in Los Angeles, CA

Kevin Jerome Everson
Born 1965 in Mansfield, OH
Lives in Charlottesville, VA

(Nanu Al-Hamad, Abdullah Al-Mutairi, Aziz Alqatami, Barrak Alzaid, Khalid al Gharaballi, Amal Khalaf, Fatima Al Qadiri, Monira Al Qadiri)
Founded 2013

Oto Gillen
Born 1984 in New York, NY
Lives in New York, NY

Samara Golden
Born 1973 in Ann Arbor, MI
Lives in Los Angeles, CA

Casey Gollan and Victoria Sobel
Born 1991 in Los Angeles, CA; born 1990 in Washington, DC
Lives in New York, NY; lives in New York, NY

Irena Haiduk
Biographical information not given

Lyle Ashton Harris
Born 1965 in Bronx, NY
Lives in New York, NY

Tommy Hartung
Born 1979 in Akron, OH
Lives in Queens, NY

Porpentine Charity Heartscape
Born 1987, location not given
Lives in Oakland, CA

Sky Hopinka
Born 1984 in Bellingham, WA
Lives in Milwaukee, WI

Shara Hughes
Born 1981 in Atlanta, GA
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

Aaron Flint Jamison
Born 1979 in Billings, MT
Lives in Portland, OR and Seattle, WA

(Kerstin Brätsch and Debo Eilers)
Founded 2010

Jon Kessler
Born 1957 in Yonkers, NY
Lives in New York, NY

James N. Kienitz Wilkins
Born in 1983 in Boston, MA
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

Ajay Kurian
Born 1984 in Baltimore, MD
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

Deana Lawson
Born 1979 in Rochester, NY
Lives Brooklyn, NY

An-My Lê
Born 1960 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

Leigh Ledare
Born 1976 in Seattle, WA
Lives in New York, NY

Dani Leventhal
Born 1972 in Columbus, OH
Lives in Columbus, OH

Tala Madani
Born 1981 in Tehran, Iran
Lives in Los Angeles, CA

Park McArthur
Born 1984 in Raleigh, NC
Lives in New York, NY

Harold Mendez
Born 1977 in Chicago, IL
Lives in Chicago, IL and Los Angeles, CA

Carrie Moyer
Born 1960 in Detroit, MI
Lives in New York, NY

Ulrike Müller
Born 1971 in Brixlegg, Austria
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

Julien Nguyen
Born 1990 in Washington, DC
Lives in Los Angeles, CA

Tuan Andrew Nguyen
Born 1976 in Saigon, Vietnam
Lives in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Raúl de Nieves
Born 1983 in Morelia, Mexico
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

Aliza Nisenbaum
Born 1977 in Mexico City, Mexico
Lives in New York, NY

Occupy Museums
(Arthur Polendo, Imani Jacqueline Brown, Kenneth Pietrobono, Noah Fischer, and Tal Beery)
Founded 2011

Pope.L aka William Pope.L
Born 1955 in Newark, NJ
Lives in Chicago, IL

(Raven Chacon, Cristóbal Martínez, Kade L. Twist)
Founded 2007

Puppies Puppies
Born 1989 in Dallas, TX
Lives in Roswell, NM

Asad Raza
Born 1974 in Buffalo, NY
Lives in New York, NY

Jessi Reaves
Born 1986 in Portland, OR
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

John Riepenhoff
Born 1982 in Milwaukee, WI
Lives in Milwaukee, WI

Chemi Rosado-Seijo
Born 1973 in Vega Alta, PR
Lives in San Juan and Naranjito, PR

Cameron Rowland
Born 1988 in Philadelphia, PA
Lives in Queens, NY

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz
Born 1972 in San Juan, PR
Lives in San Juan, PR

Dana Schutz
Born 1976 in Livonia, MI
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

Cauleen Smith
Born 1967 in Riverside, CA|
Lives in Chicago, IL

Frances Stark
Born 1967 in Newport Beach, CA
Lives in Los Angeles, CA

Maya Stovall
Born 1982 in Detroit, MI
Lives in Detroit, MI

Henry Taylor
Born 1958 in Oxnard, CA
Lives in Los Angeles, CA

Torey Thornton
Born 1990 in Macon, GA
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

Leslie Thornton and James Richards
Born 1951 in Knoxville, TN; born 1983 in Cardiff, United Kingdom
Lives in Brooklyn, NY; lives in Berlin, Germany and London, United Kingdom

Kaari Upson
Born 1972 in San Bernardino, CA
Lives in Los Angeles, CA

Kamasi Washington
Born 1981 in Los Angeles, CA
Lives in Los Angeles, CA

Leilah Weinraub
Born 1979 in Los Angeles, CA
Lives in Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY

Jordan Wolfson
Born 1980 in New York, NY
Lives in New York, NY

Anicka Yi
Born 1971 in Seoul, South Korea
Lives in Queens, NY

Tags: Zarouhie Abdalian, Nanu Al-Hamad, Abdullah Al-Mutairi, Aziz Alqatami, Basma Alsharif, Barrak Alzaid, Jo Baer, Jo Baer, Eric Baudelaire, Robert Beavers, Larry Bell, Kerstin Brätsch, Matt Browning, Susan Cianciolo, Mary Helena Clark, John Divola, Celeste Dupuy-Spencer, Debo Eilers, KAYA (Brätsch / Eilers), Rafa Esparza, Kevin Jerome Everson, GCC, Khalid Al Gharaballi, Oto Gillen, Samara Golden, Casey Gollan, Irena Haiduk, Lyle Ashton Harris, Tommy Hartung, Porpentine Charity Heartscape, Sky Hopinka, Shara Hughes, Aaron Flint Jamison, Jon Kessler, Amal Khalaf, Ajay Kurian, Deana Lawson, An-My Lê, Leigh Ledare, Dani Leventhal, Christopher Y. Lew, Mia Locks, Tala Madani, Park Mcarthur, Harold Mendez, Carrie Moyer, Ulrike Müller, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Occupy Museums, Aily Nash, Tuan Andrew Nguyen, Julien Nguyen, Raúl de Nieves, Aliza Nisenbaum, Pope.L, William Pope.L, Postcommodity, Puppies Puppies, Fatima Al Qadiri, Monira Al Qadiri, Asad Raza, Jessi Reaves, Leslie Thornton and James Richards, John Riepenhoff, Chemi Rosado-Seijo, Cameron Rowland, Dana Schutz, Cauleen Smith, Victoria Sobel, Frances Stark, Maya Stovall, Henry Taylor, Torey Thornton, Kaari Upson, Kamasi Washington, Leilah Weinraub, James N. Kienitz Wilkins, Jordan Wolfson, Anicka Yi