Whitney Biennial 2006:
Day for Night

Mar 2–May 28, 2006

The Whitney's signature panoramic survey of the latest in American art is the seventy-third in the series of Annuals and Biennials inaugurated by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in 1932. The 2006 Biennial examines contemporary art-making in America at a moment of profound global change. The exhibition, titled Day for Night after François Truffaut's 1973 film, conjures a mood of dark intensity, shifting between beauty and degradation, doubt and conformity, the seductive and the strange.

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“This [biennial] is partly about preaching to the converted. It is packaged—branded might be the better word—as a show long on collaboration and open-endedness: several shows under one roof. But it has other goals too. You wouldn’t say bliss is one of them.” —The New York Times

“Unlike most large group shows, [the Biennial] has a point of view. Because [it] is a frankly political exhibition, it demands to be judged within [the curators’] chosen political terms.” —The Burlington Magazine

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