Whitney Biennial 2014 Audio Guide Playlist
Hear directly from artists as they discuss the thoughts, processes, and ideas behind their work in the 2014 Biennial. The guide also features commentary from Biennial curators Stuart Comer, Anthony Elms, and Michelle Grabner.
NARRATOR: Ken Lum has been making artworks based on signage since the 1980s. This is a sign for an imaginary strip mall—though, as he explains, it responds to a real one near Lum’s home in South Philadelphia.
KEN LUM: Beside the sign there's this huge South Vietnamese flag flying proudly and, I would say, somewhat defiantly too.
NARRATOR: Ken Lum.
KEN LUM: Defiantly in the sense of it representing a country that no longer exists politically.
I often ask myself who the people are behind each of these shops. I always try to imagine the subjectivities that are constituted behind these signs, behind the public façade of these signs.
I also think about how it breaks all the rules of proper, so called good design because it's so cacophonous. It transcends the question of taste. These slats representing each shop have to embody a lot of information.
All the names of each of the shops that are here like Pho 459 or Phan Thi Kim Phuc Apothecary, and so on are actually names of principles and events and battles of the Vietnam War.
It's almost an allegory of what transpired, and how all those issues, all those signifiers amassed themselves onto this boat, I guess, that arrived on the shores of America and started this very vibrant and successful shopping plaza for this community of Vietnamese people, boat people, in South Philadelphia.
- 100 Introduction to Whitney Biennial 2014
- 101 Sergei Tcherepnin
- 102 Charlemagne Palestine
- 205 Academy Records and Matt Hanner
- 210 Terry Adkins
- 203 Elijah Burgher
- 201 Jimmie Durham
- 209 Susan Howe
- 202 Carol Jackson
- 212 Rebecca Morris
- 204 Paul P.
- 208 Public Collectors
- 213 Martha Rosler on Allan Sekula
- 213-2 Anthony Elms on Allan Sekula
- 302 Etel Adnan
- 315 Ei Arakawa and Carissa Rodriguez
- 315-2 Stuart Comer on curating project-based art
- 304 Lisa Anne Auerbach
- 306 Julie Ault
- 312 Kevin Beasley
- 309 Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst
- 308 Morgan Fisher
- 313 Tony Greene
- 318 Fred Lonidier
- 319 Dashiell Manley
- 305 Keith Mayerson
- 301 Ken Okiishi
- 317 Semiotext(e)
- 404 Gretchen Bender, People in Pain, 1988
- 404-2 Philip Vanderhyden on re-making Gretchen Bender’s People in Pain, 1988
- 402 Dawoud Bey, The Birmingham Project, 2012
- 402-2 Dawoud Bey, Barack Obama, 2008
- 406 David Diao
- 409 Louise Fishman, Ristretto, 2013
- 401 Gaylen Gerber, Backdrop, n.d.
- 401-2 Gaylen Gerber on working with other artists
- 405 Karl Haendel
- 411 Sheila Hicks
- 421 Ben Kinmont
- 419 Zoe Leonard
- 424 Tony Lewis
- 407 Ken Lum
- 403 Shana Lutker
- 420 Joshua Mosley
- 417 Dona Nelson, String Beings, 2013
- 418 Joel Otterson, Curtains Laced with Diamonds Dear for You, 2014
- 425 Peter Schuyff
- 415 Amy Sillman, Mother, 2013–14
- 416 Amy Sillman and Pam Lins, Fells, 2013–14
- 426 Ricky Swallow
- 422 David Foster Wallace
- 413 Donelle Woolford
- 410 Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, Notley, 2013
- 410-2 Molly Zuckerman-Hartung on painting and sewing