Thursday, March 06, 2008

Whitney Biennial Opens

From my daily E-Flux notice (cut and pasted below), the Whitney Biennial opened earlier today. I have been so busy that the opening of this event snuck up on me. Now I await for the blog world response to this years event. For those who like to stay in the know concerning the international art world, be sure to check out e-flux.

Whitney Biennial 2008
March 6-June 1, 2008

The Whitney Biennial 2008 opens today and runs through June 1. For the first time the Biennial will extend beyond the Museum to Park Avenue Armory (at 67th Street) with installations and performances daily through March 23. A full schedule of events is available at

Featuring 81 visionary artists, with works ranging from a dance marathon to a man-made animal habitat in the Museum's sculpture court, the 2008 Biennial shows where American art stands today.

The 2008 Biennial is curated by Henriette Huldisch, assistant curator at the Whitney, and Shamim M. Momin, associate curator at the Whitney and branch director and curator of the Whitney Museum at Altria, and overseen by Donna De Salvo, the Whitney’s chief curator and associate director for programs. Three advisors worked with the curatorial team throughout the process: Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem; Bill Horrigan, director of the media arts department at the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University; and Linda Norden, independent curator and writer. Biennial events at Park Avenue Armory are organized by the Whitney and Art Production Fund in association with Park Avenue Armory.

Donna De Salvo noted, “The Biennial is a laboratory, a way of ‘taking the temperature’ of what is happening now and putting it on view. It influences our thinking on multiple levels and, for the Whitney, translates directly into the choices we make about our exhibitions and collections. In dealing with the art of the present, there are no easy assessments, only multiple points of entry. For the Whitney, and for our public, we hope the Biennial is one way in.”

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