Feb 13–Mar 16
On these dates, enjoy reduced admission ($19 adults; $14 seniors and students) and see Fast Forward and Human Interest. Two floors are closed as we prepare for the 2017 Biennial.
For the 2008 Whitney Biennial, artist MK Guth created a participatory artwork called Ties of Protection and Safekeeping. She invites visitors to the Park Avenue Armory to answer the question “What is worth protecting?” Visitors write their answers on strips of red flannel cloth which MK Guth weaves into a long braid that grows longer every day. TranscriptEnlarge
Ellen Harvey introduces her Museum of Failure, a new installation for the 2008 Whitney Biennial consisting of an illuminated lightbox and a large painting depicting a wall of mirrored frames. She discusses the “impossibility” of self-portraiture and political subject matter in relation to this work. TranscriptEnlarge
2008 Whitney Biennial artist Walead Beshty discusses his photographs of the former Iraqi embassy to the former East Germany (two nations that no longer exist) and the complex ideas behind these images. He also explains why his glass sculptures have acquired multiple cracks and fissures. TranscriptEnlarge
Omer Fast, winner of the 2008 Bucksbaum Award, discusses his 2008 Whitney Biennial work, The Casting (2007), a four-channel video featuring a young American army sergeant who recounts two stories—which seem to be his own anguished memories—one about dating a woman while stationed in Germany, and the other of accidentally killing a civilian in Iraq. TranscriptEnlarge
Artist Fritz Haeg’s project for the 2008 Whitney Biennial is Animal Estates 1.0: New York, New York. The project consists of model homes for animals (including the beaver, bald eagle, and the mason bee among others) that once lived in the vicinity of the Whitney Museum 400 years ago. TranscriptEnlarge