Whitney Biennial 2012
Mar 1–May 27, 2012

Sculpture, painting, installations, and photography—as well as dance, theater, music, and film—fill the galleries of the Whitney Museum of American Art in the latest edition of the Whitney Biennial. With a roster of artists at all points in their careers the Biennial provides a look at the current state of contemporary art in America. This is the seventy-sixth in the ongoing series of Biennials and Annuals presented by the Whitney since 1932, two years after the Museum was founded.

The 2012 Biennial takes over most of the Whitney from March 1 through May 27, with portions of the exhibition and some programs continuing through June 10. The 2012 Biennial is in constant flux, with artists, works, and experiences varying over the course of the exhibition. 

The participating artists were selected by Elisabeth Sussman, Curator/Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography at the Whitney, and Jay Sanders, a freelance curator and writer who has spent the past ten years working both in the gallery world and on independent curatorial projects. Sussman and Sanders co-curated the Biennial’s film program with Thomas Beard and Ed Halter, the co-founders of Light Industry, a venue for film and electronic art in Brooklyn

Sponsored in part by  Deutsche Bank

Major support is provided by Sotheby's

Lighting and audio by  Bentley Meeker

Exclusive hotel partner The Surrey

Generous support is provided by the Brown Foundation, the National Committee of the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust.

Additional support is provided by the 2012 Biennial Committee, chaired by trustee Beth Rudin DeWoody and Renee Preisler Barasch: Philip Aarons and Shelley Fox Aarons, Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo, Rebecca and Marty Eisenberg, Glenn and Amanda Fuhrman, Diane and Adam E. Max, Heather and Tony Podesta, Mari and Peter Shaw, John Studzinski, and an anonymous donor; The Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, and the E. T. Harmax Foundation.

Funding for the 2012 Biennial is also provided by endowments created by Melva Bucksbaum, Emily Fisher Landau, and Leonard A. Lauder.



Events


Watch

  • Whitney Biennial 2012

  • 2012 Biennial: Kevin Jerome Everson

  • 2012 Biennial: Laida Lertxundi

  • 2012 Biennial: Michael Robinson

  • 2012 Biennial: Laura Poitras

  • 2012 Biennial: Thom Andersen

  • 2012 Biennial: Wu Tsang

  • 2012 Biennial: LaToya Ruby Frazier

  • Welcome to the 2012 Whitney Biennial

  • 2012 Biennial: Curating Performance

  • 2012 Biennial: Working with the Architecture

  • 2012 Biennial: Curatorial Process

  • 2012 Biennial: Curating the 1993 Biennial

  • 2012 Biennial: Cameron Crawford

  • 2012 Biennial: Liz Deschenes

  • 2012 Biennial: Luther Price

  • 2012 Biennial: Andrew Masullo

  • 2012 Biennial: Moyra Davey

  • 2012 Biennial: Oscar Tuazon

  • 2012 Biennial: George Kuchar

  • 2012 Biennial: Dawn Kasper

  • 2012 Biennial: Joanna Malinowska: Fieldwork

  • 2012 Biennial: Nicole Eisenman: Figure Drawing Atelier

  • 2012 Biennial: Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran: BLEED

  • 2012 Biennial: Tom Thayer

  • Laura Poitras: Surveillance Teach-In

  • Vlog: 2012 Biennial: Forrest Bess (By Robert Gober)

  • Whitney Stories: Sarah Michelson


Hear From Artists

This audio guide allows visitors to hear directly from artists as they discuss the thoughts, processes, and ideas behind their work in the 2012 Whitney Biennial exhibition.


In the News

"Enchanting." —The New Yorker

Peter Schjeldahl's audio slideshow on the Biennial. —The New Yorker

"[The Whitney Biennial] presents a new model that is broader, more contemporary and more sincere than anything that has come before it." —T Magazine, New York Times 

"One of the best Whitney Biennials in recent memory may or may not contain a lot more outstanding art than its predecessors, but that’s not the point. The 2012 incarnation is a new and exhilarating species of exhibition, an emerging curatorial life form, at least for New York." —The New York Times 


"Every two years, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City weighs in on what matters in the art world by mounting an exhibition that lays claim to showing the best, brightest and hippest that contemporary art has to offer. This Whitney Biennial, the 76th in the museum's history, is no exception . . ." —NPR

"The 2012 Whitney Biennial is a quiet, incomplete manifesto. It reimagines what a biennial is and explores the ways artists are taking matters into their own hands, resetting the agenda, and fighting back against an art world that had been focused on selling, buzz, and bigness." —New York Magazine