I, YOU, WE
Apr 25–Sep 1, 2013

I, YOU, WE is the fifth in a two-year series of exhibitions which reassess the Whitney’s collection in anticipation of the Museum’s move downtown. Unfolding chronologically, these exhibitions explore overlooked developments in American art and reconsider iconic figures and works within new contexts.

A black-and-white photograph by Nicholas Nixon. A woman touches the face of a younger man.

Nicholas Nixon (b. 1947), Catherine and Tom Moran, East Braintree, Massachusetts, 1987.Gelatin silver print, 7 11 16 x 9 5 8 in. (19.5 x 24.4 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Photography Committee 2003.249

I, you, we: three very commonplace words. These pronouns—with all their implied complexities of meaning—provide an unexpected guide for assessing the works of art from the 1980s and early 1990s in the Museum’s collection. What becomes apparent in this survey of paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and photographs is how the personal, social, and collective issues and concerns of the artists of this time are still relevant several decades later.

I, YOU, WE is organized by David Kiehl, Nancy and Fred Poses Curator.

Ongoing support for the permanent collection and major support for I, YOU, WE is provided by
Bank of America.

Bank of America


WORKS FROM THE EXHIBITION


INSTALLATION PHOTOGRAPHY



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In the News

"This is an exhibition that faces AIDS head-on, as it does identity."
The New York Times

"The Whitney Finds the Good Thing About the '80s"
The Village Voice

Video: Curator David Kiehl leads a walk-through of the exhibition.
Here TV

"An intense and poignant selection of works from the Whitney’s permanent collection that is worth catching"
ARTnews

"A stunning, stirring exhibit"
A&U Magazine