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Whitney Biennial

Spring 2017

Whitney Museum of American Art, May 2015. Photograph by Timothy Schenck

Whitney Museum of American Art, May 2015. Photograph by Timothy Schenck

With a history of exhibiting the most promising and influential artists and provoking intense debate, the Whitney Biennial—the Museum’s signature exhibition—is the most important survey of the state of contemporary art in the United States. The Biennial, an invitational show of work produced in the preceding two years, was introduced by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in 1932, and it is the only continuous series of exhibitions in the country to survey recent developments in American art. This will be the first presentation of the Biennial in the Whitney’s new building.

The 2017 Whitney Biennial will be co-curated by Christopher Y. Lew and Mia Locks.

Read more about the 2017 Biennial curatorial team.

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In the News

". . . the Whitney Biennial, inaugurated by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in 1932, still stands out as the pre-eminent biennial in this country."
The New York Times

"Whitney Names Curators for Next Biennial, in 2017"
The New York Times

"New Home, New Blood: Whitney Appoints Young Curators for 2017 Biennial"
The Art Newspaper

"Curators Named for 2017 Whitney Biennial"
The Wall Street Journal