This year marks the seventy-fifth edition of the Whitney’s signature exhibition. While Biennials are always affected by the cultural, political, and social moment, this exhibition, simply titled 2010, embodies a cross section of contemporary art production rather than a specific theme. To underscore the idea of time as an element of the Biennial and to demonstrate the influence of the past on 2010, familiar and less well-known artists from previous exhibitions are brought together in Collecting Biennials, an accompanying installation drawn from the Museum’s collection on view on the fifth floor. Balancing different media ranging from painting and sculpture to video, photography, performance, and installation, 2010 also serves as a two-way telescope through which the Whitney’s past and future can be observed.More
“I left the museum with a giant burst of happiness for the infinite creativity of America.”
--T Magazine/The New York Times
Video: Biennial Preview
“At a Biennial on a Budget, Tweaking and Provoking”
—The New York Times
Video: Interview with Biennial curator Francesco Bonami
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Generous support is provided by Laura and Casey Wasserman, Donald R. Mullen, Jr., the National Committee of the Whitney Museum of American Art in honor of Peter Dominick, and the Brown Foundation Inc.
Additional support is provided by the 2010 Friends, chaired by trustee Beth Rudin DeWoody: Philip Aarons and Shelley Fox Aarons, Jill and Darius Bikoff Foundation, Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson, Rebecca and Marty Eisenberg, Liz and Jay Fensterstock, Marilyn and Larry Fields, Charlotte and Bill Ford, Barbara and Michael Gamson, Melanie Shorin and Greg S. Feldman, and Amanda Steck and Glenn Fuhrman.
Funding for 2010 is also provided by endowments created by Melva Bucksbaum, Emily Fisher Landau, and Leonard A. Lauder.