The 2017 Whitney Biennial, the seventy-eighth installment of the longest-running survey of American art, arrives at a time rife with racial tensions, economic inequities, and polarizing politics. In the first film in a three-part series, learn about the Biennial’s history and hear from artists and curators about what the exhibition represents today.
In Kaari Upson’s recent work, she transforms the soft, flaccid forms of upholstered furniture into solid sculptures. In this studio visit, she discusses her process.
In this studio visit, Samara Golden describes the thinking behind her site-specific installation for the 2017 Biennial.
For the 2017 Biennial, Rafa Esparza built a rotunda out of adobe bricks made by hand from a combination of clay, horse dung, hay, and water from the Los Angeles River. Here, he discusses the significance of working with adobe as “building up a space out of brown matter.”