Dear Whitney Community,
It is our great pleasure to present the long-awaited Whitney Biennial 2022: Quiet as It’s Kept. I hope you will take the opportunity to experience the landmark eightieth edition of the Biennial this spring.
Three years in the making and organized during a global pandemic, the 2022 Biennial offers one of the broadest and most inclusive takes on art in the United States ever presented. An intergenerational group of sixty-three artists and collectives working across disciplines and media offers an array of perspectives. Their work challenges us to consider how this present moment affects our sense of self and community.
The Biennial helps define who we are as a Museum—an institution that champions contemporary art and artists’ creativity, talent, passion, and vision. And like the seventy-nine Annuals and Biennials that preceded this one, the 2022 edition is a ritual, a coming together, and a celebration.
Today more than ever, there is a need for connection. This Biennial demands to be seen in person. Each floor offers its own dynamic experience. Many of the works will evolve throughout the course of the exhibition; artworks—even walls—will change, and performances will animate the galleries and objects. I encourage you to return to the show to experience these transformations throughout the season.
This spring is indeed a time of reflection and renewal at the Museum. Complementing the Biennial, we are thrilled to present an art-history-expanding exhibition, At the Dawn of a New Age: Early Twentieth-Century American Modernism. Opening May 7, the show captures the exuberant sense of freedom that underlay American artists’ vanguard experiments at a time of incredible change that critic Walter Lippmann characterized as “bursting with new ideas, new plans, and new hopes.”
In this spirit, I am also delighted to share the news that Dorothy Lichtenstein, widow of the great American artist Roy Lichtenstein, has promised to donate his Greenwich Village studio building to the Whitney to serve as the first permanent home of the widely influential Independent Study Program. Please read more about this exciting announcement in The New York Times.
I offer my profound thanks to the incredible Whitney community for your continued support and hope to see you at the Biennial in these warmer days.
Adam D. Weinberg
Alice Pratt Brown Director
Whitney Museum of American Art