Model for Bluff, 2002. Stainless steel, 47"x43"
(119.4 x 109.2 cm) overall.
Collection of the artist; commissioned by the Public Art Fund; special
thanks to James Cohan Gallery, New York. Whitney Biennial in Central Park,
A Project of the Public
Art Fund, photo by Dennis Cowley
Encounter - Sewing into Looking, 1998.
Used bedcovers on body, Dimensions variable.
Collection of the artist; courtesy The Project, New York and Los Angeles.
Photo by Lee Jong Soo
Whitney Biennial in Central Park
Organized by the Public Art Fund
In a first-time effort, organized by the Public
Art Fund, the Biennial moves outdoors to Central Park. Intended
to be surprising encounters in the flow of daily life, five major
artists' projects were commissioned by the Public Art Fund for specific
sites within the park. All five artists -- Keith Edmier, Kim Sooja,
Roxy Paine, Kiki Smith, and Brian Tolle -- are New Yorkers. They
were selected jointly by Lawrence Rinder, the Anne & Joel Ehrenkranz
Curator of Contemporary Art at the Whitney Museum of American Art;
and Tom Eccles, Director of the Public Art Fund.
For those already privy to the surprise, tours are given in April
and May through a collaboration with the Central Park Conservancy.
Also, signs will guide parkgoers on a walking tour of the Whitney
Biennial in Central Park. Parkgoers will be able to view each of
the five works in one visit, proceeding from the park's southeast
entrance, at the corner of 59th Street and Fifth Avenue at Doris
C. Freedman Plaza, to the Lake just north of the 72nd Street transverse,
and exiting the park near the Whitney Museum. Free maps for the
Whitney Biennial in Central Park are available in the Leaping Frog
Café or at the Central Park Visitors Centers at the Dairy and Belvedere
Castle. Click here to download
and print a .pdf version of the Whitney Biennial in Central Park
Free Tour Dates and Times
Meet at the 5th Ave and 60th Street, Doris C.
Freedman Plaza. Tours are offered through a collaboration with the
Central Park Conservancy
The Whitney Biennial in Central Park is part of the 2002 Biennial
Exhibition, on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art from March
7 through May 26, 2002.
This ambitious project is the result of a collaborative effort between
the Public Art Fund; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Central
Park Conservancy; and the Department of Parks and Recreation. It
is made possible through the cooperation and support of the City
of New York/Parks & Recreation; the Honorable Michael R. Bloomberg,
Mayor of the City of New York; and the Honorable Adrian Benepe,
Commissioner, City of New York/Parks & Recreation. The exhibition
received additional support from New York City Department of Cultural
Affairs, Cultural Challenge Grant 2002, Melissa and Robert Soros,
and Third Millenium Foundation.
Keith Edmier's Emil Dobbelstein and Henry Drope, 1944 is
a project of the Public
Art Fund program In the Public Realm, which is supported
by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council
on the Arts, a State Agency, the New York City Department of Cultural
Affairs, the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, The Greenwall
Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, the Silverweed Foundation, the
JPMorgan Chase Foundation, and friends of the Public Art Fund.