whitney contemporaries

Felix Gonzalez-Torres was born on this day in 1957. Installations of his “Untitled” (America) can vary: composed of twelve strings of light bulbs, the work can be shown inside or outside, in an unlimited range of configurations. This work is one of a number by Gonzalez-Torres that includes the word “America” in its title. The light from the bulbs might resonate as cheerful in one context and melancholy in another, leaving viewers to reflect on their own associations with the idea of “America.”

[Felix Gonzalez-Torres, “Untitled” (America), 1994 (96.74.1a-l) as installed in the stairway of the Whitney Museum of American Art. © The Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation Courtesy of Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York. Photograph by Ronald Amstutz]

Janine Antoni
Gnaw, 1992
600 lbs. of lard on marble pedestal gnawed on by the artist, also displayed in the Whitney Biennial with 130 artist-made lipsticks with pigment, beeswax, and chewed lard removed from lard cube
24 x 24 x 24 inches

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Final weekend! It’s your last chance to see the full two-floor exhibition Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection, which mines the Museum’s holdings to offer new perspectives on one of art’s oldest genres. See works by Glenn Ligon, Alice Neel, and Andy Warhol, among others. Floor 7 will remain on view through April 2. 

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The 2017 Whitney Biennial, the seventy-eighth installment of the longest-running survey of American art, opens today! 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.

Always a flashpoint for discussion and debate, the Biennial is an exhibition not to be missed.