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Quiet As It’s Kept:
Curating the 2022 Whitney Biennial

Wed, June 29, 2022
7 pm

Floor 3, Susan and John Hess Family Gallery and Theater

Join Whitney Biennial 2022: Quiet as It’s Kept co-curators Adrienne Edwards and David Breslin and celebrated poet and author Elizabeth Alexander for a conversation about the process of organizing this edition of the Whitney’s signature exhibition. Their conversation considers key ideas in the 2022 Biennial, including the possibilities of abstraction, the relationship between visual art and poetics, and the ongoing presence and pressure of history in the present. 

Elizabeth Alexander is a prize-winning and New York Times bestselling author, renowned poet, educator, scholar, and cultural advocate. Her most recent book, The Trayvon Generation, is a galvanizing meditation on the power of art and culture to illuminate America’s unresolved problem with race and the challenges facing young Black America. She is currently president of the Mellon Foundation, the nation’s largest funder in the arts, culture, and humanities.

David Breslin is DeMartini Family Curator and Director of Curatorial Initiatives. 

Adrienne Edwards is Engell Speyer Family Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs.

This event will have live Spanish interpretation by Babilla Collective. 

The Susan and John Hess Family Theater is equipped with an induction loop and infrared assistive listening system. Accessible seating is available.

This program will be recorded and made available on the Whitney's YouTube channel.

Live captioning will be available online and in-person for this event. If you need captions in a separate browser window or on your own mobile device, please email for StreamText link.

Face coverings are required to attend this event. All attendees ages two and older must wear face coverings that cover the nose and mouth.

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