The first Whitney Biennial below 14th Street opens March 17 - and we got a sneak peek Monday. The younger and lesser known artists chosen to participate in the contemporary survey always set trends, and the show is always one of the most controversial of the year.
Museum Director Adam Weinberg and Biennial curators Christopher Y. Lew and Mia Locks were on hand as were many of the artists.
There is some good work, some is overtly political, some funny, some waaaaay too derivative, and some, well, not so good. The Whitney building remains a work of art. That is why you should go see it. It is up thru June 11.
(The event began as an annual exhibition in 1932 when the museum was on 8th St.; the first official biennial was at the Madison Avenue space in 1973.)
The Biennial is a great way to spend an afternoon, especially after learning about the original Whitney and so much more on a Save the Village tour.