Whitney Biennial 2019
May 17–Sep 22, 2019

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The Whitney Biennial is an unmissable event for anyone interested in finding out what’s happening in art today. Curators Jane Panetta and Rujeko Hockley have been visiting artists over the past year in search of the most important and relevant work. Featuring seventy-five artists working in painting, sculpture, installation, film and video, photography, performance, and sound, the 2019 Biennial takes the pulse of the contemporary artistic moment. Introduced by the Museum’s founder Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in 1932, the Biennial is the longest-running exhibition in the country to chart the latest developments in American art.  

Whitney Biennial 2019 is presented by

Major support is provided by The Rosenkranz Foundation and the Whitney’s National Committee.

Generous support is provided by Lise and Michael Evans; and the John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation.

Significant support is provided by 2019 Biennial Committee Co-Chairs: Beth Rudin DeWoody, Bob Gersh, Miyoung Lee, and Fred Wilson; 2019 Biennial Committee members: Ashley Leeds and Christopher Harland, Diane and Adam E. Max, Annette and Paul Smith, Bill Block, the Debra and Jeffrey Geller Family Foundation, Rebecca and Martin Eisenberg, Amanda and Glenn Fuhrman, Barbara and Michael Gamson, Marjorie and James D. Kuhn, Kourosh Larizadeh and Luis Pardo, Melanie Shorin and Greg S. Feldman, and Dora and Cranford Stoudemire; and Further Forward Foundation, the Kapadia Equity Fund, The Keith Haring Foundation Exhibition Fund, Katie and Amnon Rodan, and Sotheby’s.

Funding is also provided by special Biennial endowments created by Melva Bucksbaum, Emily Fisher Landau, Leonard A. Lauder, and Fern and Lenard Tessler.

Curatorial research and travel for this exhibition were funded by an endowment established by Rosina Lee Yue and Bert A. Lies, Jr., MD.


Artists

Eddie Arroyo
Born 1976 in Miami, FL
Lives in Miami, FL

Korakrit Arunanondchai
Born 1986 in Bangkok, Thailand
Lives in New York, NY, and Bangkok, Thailand

Olga Balema
Born 1984 in Lviv, Ukraine
Lives in New York, NY

Morgan Bassichis
Born 1983 in Newton, MA
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

Blitz Bazawule
Born 1982 in Accra, Ghana
Lives in New York, NY

Alexandra Bell
Born 1983 in Chicago, IL
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

Brian Belott
Born 1973 in East Orange, NJ
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

Meriem Bennani
Born 1988 in Rabat, Morocco
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

Robert Bittenbender
Born 1987 in Washington, DC
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

Lucas Blalock
Born 1978 in Asheville, NC
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

Garrett Bradley
Born 1986 in New York, NY
Lives in New Orleans, LA

Milano Chow
Born 1987 in Los Angeles, CA
Lives in Los Angeles, CA

Colectivo Los Ingrávidos
Founded 2011 in Tehuacán, Mexico

Thirza Cuthand
Born 1978 in Regina, Saskatchewan
Lives in Toronto, Ontario

John Edmonds
Born 1989 in Washington, DC
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

Nicole Eisenman
Born 1965 in Verdun, France
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

Janiva Ellis
Born 1987 in Oakland, CA
Lives in Brooklyn, NY, and Los Angeles, CA

Kota Ezawa
Born 1969 in Cologne, West Germany
Lives in Oakland, CA

Brendan Fernandes
Born 1979 in Nairobi, Kenya
Lives in Chicago, IL

FIERCE and Paper Tiger Television
FIERCE: Founded 2000 in New York, NY
Paper Tiger Television: Founded 1981 in New York, NY

Marcus Fischer
Born 1977 in Torrance, CA
Lives in Portland, OR

Forensic Architecture
Founded 2010 in London, United Kingdom

Ellie Ga
Born 1976 in New York, NY
Lives in Stockholm, Sweden

Nicholas Galanin
Born 1979 in Sitka, AK
Lives in Sitka, AK

Sofía Gallisá Muriente
Born 1986 in San Juan, PR
Lives in San Juan, PR

Jeffrey Gibson
Born 1972 in Colorado Springs, CO
Lives in Germantown, NY

Todd Gray
Born 1954 in Los Angeles, CA
Lives in Los Angeles, CA, and Akwidaa, Ghana

Sam Green
Born 1966 in Detroit, MI
Lives in New York, NY

Barbara Hammer
Born 1939 in Los Angeles, CA
Died 2019

Ilana Harris-Babou
Born 1991 in Brooklyn, NY
Lives in Williamstown, MA, and Brooklyn, NY

Matthew Angelo Harrison
Born 1989 in Detroit, MI
Lives in Detroit, MI

Curran Hatleberg
Born 1982 in Washington, DC
Lives in Baltimore, MD

Madeline Hollander
Born 1986 in Los Angeles, CA
Lives in New York, NY

Iman Issa
Born 1979 in Cairo, Egypt
Lives in Berlin, Germany, and New York, NY

Tomashi Jackson
Born 1980 in Houston, TX
Lives in New York, NY, and Cambridge, MA

Steffani Jemison
Born 1981 in Berkeley, CA
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

Adam Khalil, Zack Khalil, and Jackson Polys
Adam Khalil: Born 1988 in Nyack, NY
Lives in Brooklyn, NY
Zack Khalil: Born 1991 in Newton, MA
Lives in Brooklyn, NY
Jackson Polys: Born 1976 in Ketchikan, AK
Lives in New York, NY

Christine Sun Kim
Born 1980 in Orange County, CA
Lives in Berlin, Germany

Josh Kline
Born 1979 in Philadelphia, PA
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

Autumn Knight
Born 1980 in Houston, TX
Lives in New York, NY

Carolyn Lazard
Born 1987 in Upland, CA
Lives in Philadelphia, PA

Maia Ruth Lee
Born 1983 in Busan, South Korea
Lives in New York, NY

Simone Leigh
Born 1967 in Chicago, IL
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

Daniel Lind-Ramos
Born 1953 in Loíza, PR
Lives in Loíza, PR

James Luna
Born 1950 in Orange, CA
Died 2018

Eric N. Mack
Born 1987 in Columbia, MD
Lives in New York, NY

Calvin Marcus
Born 1988 in San Francisco, CA
Lives in Los Angeles, CA

Tiona Nekkia McClodden
Born 1981 in Blytheville, AR
Lives in Philadelphia, PA

Troy Michie
Born 1985 in El Paso, TX
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

Joe Minter
Born 1943 in Birmingham, AL
Lives in Birmingham, AL

Keegan Monaghan
Born 1986 in Evanston, IL
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

Caroline Monnet
Born 1985 in Ottawa, Ontario
Lives in Montreal, Quebec

Darius Clark Monroe
Born 1980 in Houston, TX
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

Ragen Moss
Born 1978 in New York, NY
Lives in Los Angeles, CA

Sahra Motalebi
Born 1979 in Birmingham, AL
Lives in New York, NY, and Delaware County, NY

Marlon Mullen
Born 1963 in Richmond, CA
Lives in Rodeo, CA

Jeanette Mundt
Born 1982 in Princeton, NJ
Lives in Somerset, NJ

Wangechi Mutu
Born 1972 in Nairobi, Kenya
Lives in Brooklyn, NY, and Nairobi, Kenya

Las Nietas de Nonó
Lydela Nonó: Born 1979 in San Juan, PR
Lives in Carolina, PR
Michel Nonó: Born 1982 in San Juan, PR
Lives in Carolina, PR

Jenn Nkiru
Born 1987 in London, United Kingdom
Lives in London, United Kingdom

Laura Ortman
Born 1973 in Whiteriver, AZ
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

Jennifer Packer
Born 1984 in Philadelphia, PA
Lives in New York, NY

nibia pastrana santiago
Born 1987 in Caguas, PR
Lives in San Juan, PR

Elle Pérez
Born 1989 in the Bronx, NY
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

Pat Phillips
Born 1987 in Lakenheath, United Kingdom
Lives in Pineville, LA

Gala Porras-Kim
Born 1984 in Bogotá, Colombia
Lives in Los Angeles, CA

Walter Price
Born 1989 in Macon, GA
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

Carissa Rodriguez
Born 1970 in New York, NY
Lives in New York, NY

Paul Mpagi Sepuya
Born 1982 in San Bernardino, CA
Lives in Los Angeles, CA

Heji Shin
Born 1983 in Seoul, South Korea
Lives in New York, NY

Diane Simpson
Born 1935 in Joliet, IL
Lives in Wilmette, IL

Martine Syms
Born 1988 in Los Angeles, CA
Lives in Los Angeles, CA

Kyle Thurman
Born 1986 in West Chester, PA
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

Mariana Valencia
Born 1984 in Chicago, IL
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

Agustina Woodgate
Born 1981 in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Lives in Miami, FL, and Amsterdam, the Netherlands


Curators

The 2019 Whitney Biennial will be organized by Jane Panetta, associate curator, and Rujeko Hockley, assistant curator.