Whitney Biennial 2014

Solo en Inglès

Kids can hear directly from artists as they talk about the thoughts, processes, and ideas behind their work in the 2014 Whitney Biennial.

Jimmie Durham

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Narrator: Look at the tall wooden sculpture that is opposite the elevators. This is by the artist and activist Jimmie Durham. The title of this work is Choose Any Three, which the artist has painted across the wings of the hand-carved bird. The artist has written names of different kinds of famous people, including Native Americans, political revolutionaries, and writers. Do you recognize any of the names? Pick three and discuss them with your adult. By showing us a sculpture that looks a little like a totem pole, but that isn’t a totem pole, what is he asking us to consider? 

A wooden sculpture with a metal band that says, "choose any three."

Narrator: Look at the tall wooden sculpture that is opposite the elevators. This is by the artist and activist Jimmie Durham. The title of this work is Choose Any Three, which the artist has painted across the wings of the hand-carved bird. The artist has written names of different kinds of famous people, including Native Americans, political revolutionaries, and writers. Do you recognize any of the names? Pick three and discuss them with your adult. By showing us a sculpture that looks a little like a totem pole, but that isn’t a totem pole, what is he asking us to consider? 


Jimmie Durham, Choose Any Three, 1989. Carved and painted wood, metal, and glass, 99 3/16 × 49 3/16 × 48 in. (251.9 × 124.9 × 121.9 cm), kurimanzutto, Mexico City. Courtesy the artist and kurimanzutto, Mexico City. © Jimmie Durham. Photograph by Jean Christophe Lett