Whitney Biennial 2017Turbulent Society

The individual’s place in a turbulent society is reflected
in the work of the artists selected


Tuan Andrew Nguyen, production photograph for The Island, 2017; Courtesy the Artist.


The formation of self and the individual’s place in a turbulent society are among the key themes reflected in the work of the artists selected for the 2017 Whitney Biennial. Initiated by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in 1932, this will be the first Biennial held in the Whitney’s home in Meatpacking District. The sixty-three participants range from emerging to well-established individuals and collectives working in painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, film and video, photography, activism, performance, music, and video game design. As Scott Rothkopf, Whitney’s Nancy and Steve Crown Family Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Programs puts it, Whitney’s team has done an amazing job scouring the United States, meeting artists, fellow curators and writers in order to discover new talents, while creating lively connections to senior figures.

On display from 17 March to 11 June 2017 at Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.