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 …

I Wanna Be With You Everywhere Festival

Three days of art and performance at the intersection of cross-disability and empowerment

As the first day of I Wanna Be With You Everywhere began, an excited nervousness filled the air as the anticipation for this precedent-setting gathering began. The festival—organized by Amalle Dublon, Jerron Herman, Carolyn Lazard, Park McArthur, Alice Sheppard and Constantina Zavitsanos in their collective voice—was “to focus on making a space where we could all be together while highlighting disability, art, and aesthetics.” As …

The New Whitney Museum’s “America is Hard to See”

Previewing the inaugural multi-floor exhibition in a stunning new home designed by Renzo Piano

Two years ago, we ventured over to 99 Gansevoort Street in NYC to tour the construction site of famed architect Renzo Piano’s new Whitney Museum of American Art building. Today, the 28,000 ton concrete, glass and steel building stands complete—and completely remarkable—with several city-facing vistas, a grand illuminated metal staircase and the last four elevators artist Richard Artschwager envisioned before his death. These are just …