Exhibitions at Whitney Museum of American Art
In Martine Gutierrez’s Supremacy a brunette model lies on a saccharine pink shaggy rug—her “broken doll” pose recalls Tyra Banks’s early-aughts show America’s Next Top Model. With mouth open in an apparent state of rapture, the model is played by LGBTQ rights activist and artist Martine Gutierrez (b. 1989), in an image that she also conceived, produced, and photographed. Blonde Barbie-like dolls are scattered across her body, echoing her lingerie and pose. Closer inspection reveals, … more
Beginning in the late 1970s, David Wojnarowicz (1954–1992) created a body of work that spanned photography, painting, music, film, sculpture, writing, and activism. Largely self-taught, he came to prominence in New York in the 1980s, a period marked by creative energy, financial precariousness, and profound cultural changes. Intersecting movements—graffiti, new and no wave music, conceptual photography, performance, and neo-expressionist painting—made New York a laboratory for … more
The 2017 Whitney Biennial, the seventy-eighth installment of the longest-running survey of American art, arrives at a time rife with racial tensions, economic inequities, and polarizing politics. Throughout the exhibition, artists challenge us to consider how these realities affect our senses of self and community. The Biennial features sixty-three individuals and collectives whose work takes a wide variety of forms, from painting and installation to activism and video-game design.more
Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection
Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016 focuses on the ways in which artists have dismantled and reassembled the conventions of cinema—screen, projection, darkness—to create new experiences of the moving image. The exhibition will fill the Museum’s 18,000-square-foot fifth-floor galleries, and will include a film series in the third-floor theater.
The exhibition’s title refers to the science fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft’s alternate fictional dimensi… more
Blue Portrait (Nokia N82) by photographer Torbjørn Rødland is the fourth work to be featured as part of a series of public art installations by key American artists on the facade of 95 Horatio Street, across from the Museum’s building and the southern entrance to the High Line. Past installations of the series, which was initiated by the Whitney in partnership with TF Cornerstone and High Line Art, have showcased works by Alex Katz (2014); Michele Abeles (2015), and Njid… more
Danny Lyon: Message to the Future is the first comprehensive retrospective of the career of Danny Lyon (b. 1942) to be presented in twenty-five years. The exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and will premiere at the Whitney in June 2016 before traveling to San Francisco.
The exhibition assembles approximately 175 photographs and related films and ephemera to highlight Lyon’s concern with social and political issues and the welfare of individuals considered by … more
Eighteen digital videos synchronized and presented on eighteen NEC screens
Lee Friedlander: America By Car
September 4 – November 28, 2010
Sondra Gilman Gallery/Howard and Jean Lipman Gallery
Curated by Elisabeth Sussman
Driving across most of the country's fifty states in an ordinary rental car, master photographer Lee Friedlander (b. 1934) applied the brilliantly simple conceit of deploying the sideview mirror, rearview mirror, the windshield, and the side windows as picture frames within which to record reflections of this country's eccentricities and obsession… more
Stieglitz's famous photographic portrait series of O'Keeffe
The Aberrant Architectures of Diller + Scofidio
The American premiere of Simpson’s new film installation, 31, commissioned for the exhibition Documenta XI.
In ‘31’, the camera tracks a month in the life of an unknown woman, seen in a grid of thirty-one small projections. Close observance of these interlocking narratives reveals that she is not always where we expect her to be.more