Jay Sanders joined the Whitney as Curator and Curator of Performance after co-organizing the 2012 Biennial. Since then he has delved into the Whitney archives, which contain photographs and ephemera from performances dating back to the 1960s: Cecil Taylor, Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, Bruce Nauman, and Philip Glass are among the artists represented. In this Whitney Stories video, Sanders recalls the Museum’s history of presenting performance alongside visual art, and illuminates plans for the Whitney's new home, which opens in May with a 170-seat theater space.
This video is part of an ongoing series which sheds light on the Whitney’s plans through conversations with artists, Whitney staff, and integral members of the construction team—view more Whitney Stories videos below.
Curator Jay Sanders engages with these two highly enigmatic sound artists to explore some of the particularities of their work, and potential links between their respective artistic practices.