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.
ANTHONY ELMS: Terry Adkins’s sculptures are five aluminum and then silver-plated brass sculptures that are physical, three-dimensional representations of birdcalls.
NARRATOR: Curator Anthony Elms.
ANTHONY ELMS: And so they take a sonographic recording of a birdcall and sort of turn that simple sonar graph into a three-dimensional shape.
The idea was to keep these things that are very large, very heavy, very sculptural. But then all along he’d wanted them to have some sort of sense of being above you, like being birdcalls, like being perched—not quite so literally as to be perched in a tree, but they’re in the air, sounds that are in the air, that are over you, that are hovering over you, that are sort of reaching out past you.
NARRATOR: Adkins was a musician, and often played percussion. Many of his works were about sound or music—though they were sometimes silent, like this one. Here, the individual forms in the waves look like cymbals.
ANTHONY ELMS: He’s made several works in the past with percussion instruments, because they are quite physical, and you can sort of tell that they are a shape that has a sound. And so ultimately when he was working through the ideas, he just went back to a material that he knows and loves, which [are] cymbals, or things that are sort of cymbal-shaped.
NARRATOR: Terry Adkins passed away in February of this year. This was his final project.
- 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