Whitney BiennialThe largest survey of contemporary art

“Whitney Biennial is a snapshot of contemporary artmaking in the United States” Jane Panetta.


Every two years, the Whitney Museum of American Art celebrates the opening of their Biennial, “The Whitney Biennial”. 2019 welcomes the seventy-ninth edition of such acclaimed show. Museum curators Jane Panetta and Rujeko Hockley have selected seventy-seven artists and collectives who’s work ranges from film and video to performance and installations.
The Whitney Biennial is the largest survey of contemporary art making from all across the United States including Puerto Rico and Alaska, despite the artists origins. Ages range from twenty-seven to eighty-three years old.
This installment of the exhibition finds that artists are exploring the use of the hand in a way that is far from a hyper-finished approach. Some of the common subjects include race, gender, community and the use of historical documents and imagery to re imagine the future as well as navigating through the difficulties of our present times.

“The Whitney has always placed artists at the center of its identity and mission. Looking to them to help interpret the world and broaden our understanding of it. During these globally turbulent and highly polarized times, the Museum’s role as an institution of American art is especially significant.” Adam D. Weinberg Director of Whitney Museum.

On the first image we see a work by Nicholas Galanin, White Noise, American Prayer Rug, 2018. Wool, cotton. It is a rug that hangs on the wall rather than being on the floor, it is a reference to the cultural amnesia of our communities through history. This amnesia is the reason why individuals disconnect from their communities and when you disconnect from that land or community becomes really easy to inflict violence.

Whitney Biennial
May 17th – Sept 22nd
Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street
New York, NY 10014






Text by Mariana Herrera