The 79th Whitney Biennial Curators on the Show’s Influences

From complex appreciation to declarations of pleasant and considerate curation and calm amidst controversy, the reviews for this year’s Whitney Biennial vary—as one would expect of an exhibition tasked with representing the immediate state of art in the USA. Curators Rujeko Hockley and Jane Panetta (members of the museum’s curatorial staff) selected 75 participants—with a successful focus on diversity and representation. Further, three quarters of the artists are under the age of 40. As the curators traversed the US to make their selections, they were driven by reactions to a “sense of urgent financial and professional struggle due to college debt, real-estate development, and gentrification,” according to ArtNet. Head there to learn more and learn why the curators chose to tackle these issues plaguing artists today.