Field Trip Friday: 2010 Whitney Biennial

Our intern, Jin, recently had a chance to visit the 2010 Whitney Biennial. The Whitney Museum of American Art founded its famous bi-annual event to display and to advocate for contemporary art; this year marks the 75th edition of the biennial since 1932.

One of the highlights of the Biennial was Pae White’s Smoke Knows (2009), a beautiful digital work done on cotton and polyester canvas. The piece covers the entire wall, creating surreal scenery that draws the audience.

Before the grand opening, curators Francesco Bonami and Gary Carrion-Murayari announced that the 2010 Whitney Biennial would focus on the past, present, and future of the biennial, rather than contemplating abstract ideas. Accordingly, the biennial features only 55 artists/artist groups this year (compared with up to 100 in past years) with a separate exhibition titled Collecting Biennials that shows the history of the Whitney biennial. The exhibition is also worth visiting to get a glimpse of the New York art scene’s past. The 2010 Whitney Biennial is open until May 30, 2010; Collecting Biennials is open until November 28, 2010.

Although the 30 minute wait to enter the exhibition appears unavoidable for now, once inside one can also enjoy  Sandwiched, a temporary pop-up cafe designed by INABA and C-Lab. The cafe is an immediate attention-grabber within the famous 1966 Breuer building and is a great place to enjoy (primarily) gourmet sandwiches and desserts!

Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Avenue, New York, NY

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