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.
Paul Druecke’s 2014 Biennial installation of three plaques on the bridge leading to the Museum’s entrance takes a ubiquitous object—the bronze plaque memorializing a historic event or notable person—and invests it with poetic meaning. The works included gesture toward people and places that might otherwise be forgotten and while attesting to the communal desire to leave traces of individual lives embedded in the city’s ever-shifting fabric. Inspired by the intention of the Museum’s architect, Marcel Breuer, that the building “should transform the vitality of the street,” Druecke placed his plaques on the bridge, using his work to span the Museum, its galleries, and the civic life of the city.
One plaque incorporates a cast that he made of a sidewalk in downtown New York, inscribed with names and other graffiti; the second refers to yet another commemorative plaque, given to longtime head security guard Sylone Brown upon his retirement from the Whitney in 1975. The third plaque is part of a series titled Near Hear, a collaboration between Druecke and poet Donna Stonecipher (b. 1969). Stonecipher contributed a prose poem that appropriates language of commemoration and memorialization but scrambles, reorders, and compresses these fragments—distilling them into essential expressions of place and time.
Academy Records and Matt Hanner
Ei Arakawa and Carissa Rodriguez
Robert Ashley and Alex Waterman
Lisa Anne Auerbach
Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Véréna
Paravel, and Sensory Ethnography Lab
Critical Practices Inc.
Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst
Radamés “Juni” Figueroa
Gaylen Gerber with David Hammons,
Sherrie Levine, and Trevor Shimizu
Tony Greene curated by Richard
Hawkins and Catherine Opie
Yve Laris Cohen
My Barbarian (Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon
and Alexandro Segade)
Sara Greenberger Rafferty
Steve Reinke with Jessie Mott
Valerie Snobeck and Catherine Sullivan
Charline von Heyl
David Foster Wallace