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Whitney Biennial 2022: 
Quiet as It’s Kept
Apr 6–Sept 5, 2022

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The Whitney Biennial has surveyed the landscape of American art, reflecting and shaping the cultural conversation, since 1932. The eightieth edition of the landmark exhibition is co-curated by David Breslin, DeMartini Family Curator and Director of Curatorial Initiatives, and Adrienne Edwards, Engell Speyer Family Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs. Titled Quiet as It’s Kept, the 2022 Biennial features an intergenerational and interdisciplinary group of sixty-three artists and collectives whose dynamic works reflect the challenges, complexities, and possibilities of the American experience today.

Read more about the exhibition in a statement by the curators.

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Lisa Alvarado

Born 1982 in San Antonio, TX
Lives in Chicago, IL

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Harold Ancart

Born 1980 in Brussels, Belgium
Lives in New York, NY

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Mónica Arreola

Born 1976 in Tijuana, Mexico
Lives in Tijuana, Mexico

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Emily Barker

Born 1992 in San Diego, CA
Lives in Los Angeles, CA

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Yto Barrada

Born 1971 in Paris, France
Lives in Brooklyn, NY, and Tangier, Morocco

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Rebecca Belmore

Born 1960 in Upsala, Canada
Lives in Vancouver, Canada
Anishinaabe

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Jonathan Berger

Born 1980 in New York, NY
Lives in New York, NY, and Glover, VT

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Nayland Blake

Born 1960 in New York, NY
Lives in Brooklyn and Queens, NY

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Cassandra Press

Founded 2016 by Kandis Williams

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Theresa Hak Kyung Cha

Born 1951 in Busan, South Korea
Died 1982 in New York, NY

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Raven Chacon

Born 1977 in Fort Defiance, Navajo Nation
Lives in Albuquerque, NM
Diné

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Leidy Churchman

Born 1979 in Villanova, PA
Lives in New York, NY, and West Tremont, ME

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Tony Cokes

Born 1956 in Richmond, VA
Lives in Providence, RI

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Jacky Connolly

Born 1990 in New York, NY
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

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Matt Connors

Born 1973 in Chicago, IL
Lives in New York, NY, and Los Angeles, CA

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Alex Da Corte

Born 1980 in Camden, NJ
Lives in Philadelphia, PA

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Aria Dean

Born 1993 in Los Angeles, CA
Lives in New York, NY

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Danielle Dean

Born 1982 in Huntsville, AL
Lives in Los Angeles and San Diego, CA

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Jane Dickson

Born 1952 in Chicago, IL
Lives in New York, NY

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Buck Ellison

Born 1987 in San Francisco, CA
Lives in Los Angeles, CA

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Alia Farid

Born 1985 in Kuwait City, Kuwait
Lives in San Juan, PR, and Kuwait City, Kuwait

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Coco Fusco

Born 1960 in New York, NY
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

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Ellen Gallagher

Born 1965 in Providence, RI
Lives in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and Brooklyn, NY

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A Gathering of the Tribes / Steve Cannon

Founded 1991
Steve Cannon: Born 1935 in New Orleans, LA
Died 2019 in New York, NY

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Cy Gavin

Born 1985 in Pittsburgh, PA
Lives in New York State

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Adam Gordon

Born 1986 in Minneapolis, MN
Lives in Jersey City, NJ

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Renée Green

Born 1959 in Cleveland, OH
Lives in Somerville, MA, and New York, NY

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Pao Houa Her

Born 1982 in Laos
Lives in Blaine, MN

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EJ Hill

Born 1985 in Los Angeles, CA
Lives in Los Angeles, CA

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Alfredo Jaar

Born 1956 in Santiago, Chile
Lives in New York, NY

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Rindon Johnson

Born 1990 on the unceded territories of the Ohlone people (San Francisco, CA)
Lives in Berlin, Germany

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Ivy Kwan Arce and Julie Tolentino

Ivy Kwan Arce: Born 1965 in Salinas, CA
Lives in New York, NY
Julie Tolentino: Born 1964 in San Francisco, CA
Lives in Joshua Tree, CA

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Ralph Lemon

Born 1952 in Cincinnati, OH
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

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Duane Linklater

Born 1976 in Treaty 9 Territory (Northern Ontario, Canada)
Lives in North Bay, Canada (Robinson Huron Treaty Territory)
Omaskêko Ininiwak

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James Little

Born 1952 in Memphis, TN
Lives in New York, NY

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Rick Lowe

Born 1961 in rural Alabama
Lives in Houston, TX

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Daniel Joseph Martinez

Born 1957 in Los Angeles, CA
Lives in Los Angeles, CA, and Paris, France

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Dave McKenzie

Born 1977 in Kingston, Jamaica
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

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Rodney McMillian

Born 1969 in Columbia, SC
Lives in Los Angeles, CA

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Na Mira

Born 1982 in Lawrence, KS, on Kickapoo, Osage, Kansa, and Sioux lands
Lives in Los Angeles, CA, on Tongva, Gabrielino, Kizh, and Chumash lands

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Alejandro “Luperca” Morales

Born 1990 in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
Lives in Monterrey, Mexico

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Moved by the Motion

Founded 2016 by Wu Tsang and Tosh Basco

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Terence Nance

Born 1982 in Dallas, TX
Lives in America

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Woody De Othello

Born 1991 in Miami, FL
Lives in Oakland, CA

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Adam Pendleton

Born 1984 in Richmond, VA
Lives in New York, NY

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N. H. Pritchard

Born 1939 in New York, NY
Died 1996 in eastern Pennsylvania

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Lucy Raven

Born 1977 in Tucson, AZ
Lives in New York, NY

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Charles Ray

Born 1953 in Chicago, IL
Lives in Los Angeles, CA

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Jason Rhoades

Born 1965 in Newcastle, CA
Died 2006 in Los Angeles, CA

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Andrew Roberts

Born 1995 in Tijuana, Mexico
Lives in Mexico City and Tijuana, Mexico

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Guadalupe Rosales

Born 1980 in Redwood City, CA
Lives in Los Angeles, CA

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Veronica Ryan

Born 1956 in Plymouth, Montserrat
Lives in London, United Kingdom, and New York, NY

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Rose Salane

Born 1992 in New York, NY
Lives in Queens, NY

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Michael E. Smith

Born 1977 in Detroit, MI
Lives in Providence, RI

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Sable Elyse Smith

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

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Awilda Sterling-Duprey

Born 1947 in San Juan, PR
Lives in San Juan, PR

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Rayyane Tabet

Born 1983 in Beirut, Lebanon
Lives in Beirut, Lebanon, and San Francisco, CA

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Denyse Thomasos

Born 1964 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Died 2012 in New York, NY

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Trinh T. Minh-ha

Born in Hanoi, Vietnam
Lives in Berkeley, CA

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WangShui

Born 1986 in USA
Lives in New York, NY

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Eric Wesley

Born 1973 in Los Angeles, CA
Lives in Los Angeles, CA

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Dyani White Hawk

Born 1976 in Madison, WI
Lives in Minneapolis, MN
Sičangu Lakota

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Kandis Williams

Born 1985 in Baltimore, MD
Lives in Los Angeles, CA, and Brooklyn, NY

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Exhibition Catalogue

The 2022 Whitney Biennial is accompanied by this landmark volume. Each of the Biennial’s participants is represented by a selected exhibition history, a bibliography, and imagery complemented by a personal statement or interview that foregrounds the artist’s own voice. Essays by the curators and other contributors elucidate themes of the exhibition and discuss the participants. The 2022 Biennial’s two curators, David Breslin and Adrienne Edwards, are known for their close collaboration with living artists. Coming after several years of seismic upheaval in and beyond the cultural, social, and political landscapes, this catalogue will offer a new take on the storied institution of the Biennial while continuing to serve—as previous editions have—as an invaluable resource on present-day trends in contemporary art in the United States.

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En Español

Desde 1932, la Bienal del Whitney ha examinado el panorama del arte estadounidense, reflejando y dando forma a la conversación cultural. La octogésima edición de esta emblemática exhibición está co-curada por David Breslin y Adrienne Edwards. La Bienal 2022 titulada: Quiet as It's Kept (Aunque nadie diga nada), presenta un grupo intergeneracional e interdisciplinario de sesenta y tres artistas y colectivos, cuyas dinámicas obras reflejan los retos, complejidades y posibilidades de la experiencia americana actual.

Nos complace ofrecer los siguientes recursos y programas en español para la Bienal 2022: una guía portátil, traducciones de todos los videos relacionados a la exposición, visitas guiadas gratuitas de la exposición, y visitas guiadas gratuitas para las escuelas públicas de la ciudad de Nueva York. Todos los textos descriptivos de la exposición estarán en inglés y español en el Museo.


In the News

"After three years of soul-rattling history, this year’s survey at the Whitney Museum of American Art is reflective and adult-thinking."—The New York Times

". . . the exhibition offers a mix of styles, practices and perspectives that invite contemplation, conversation and return engagements."—Gothamist

". . . a tender, understated survey of the American art scene as it stands right now that also acts as a means of processing the grief of the last two years."ARTnews

". . . if this Biennial doesn’t feel quite like it can let itself go fully wild, there is also a quiet weirdness to it that sincerely reflects the disorienting headspace of the present, and that is worth the trip."Artnet News

"Delayed for a year by the pandemic, the show is exciting without being especially pleasurable—it’s geared toward thought."The New Yorker

". . . the show feels serious and thoughtful throughout, as if dire times require us to forgo old strategies of confrontation and performative anger and get down to the hard work of understanding the world."—The Washington Post

"Revelling in difference—not just of opinion but of style, focus, and approach, it pushes for meaningful exchanges between objects and viewers alike."—Ocula

"An ambitious survey of American art that locates both hope and precarity in the mutability of the present moment."—4Columns

"The 63 artists’ works interact with one another, offering alinear, yet continuous conversation through the psyche and also the pits of our stomachs."—Flaunt

"The exhibition mimics the range of emotions we felt during the past two years, from fear and pain to joy and hope, and everything in between."—Time Out New York

". . . this year’s offering, even with the inclusion of deceased artists, radiates with the power of now."—Vulture


Curatorial Statement
By David Breslin and Adrienne Edwards

Since the start of the pandemic, time has expanded, contracted, suspended, and blurred—often in dizzying succession. We began planning this Biennial in late 2019: before Covid and its reeling effects, before the uprisings demanding racial justice, before the widespread questioning of institutions and their structures, before the 2020 presidential election. Although underlying conditions are not new, their overlap, their intensity, and their sheer ubiquity created a context in which past, present, and future folded into one another. We organized this Biennial to reflect these precarious and improvised times. Many artists’ contributions are dynamic, taking different forms during the course of the exhibition. Artworks change, walls move, and performances animate the galleries and surrounding objects. The spaces of the Biennial contrast significantly, acknowledging the acute polarity of our society. One floor is a labyrinth, a dark space of containment; another is a clearing, open and light filled.

Rather than offering a unified theme, we pursue a series of hunches throughout the exhibition: that abstraction demonstrates a tremendous capacity to create, share, and sometimes withhold meaning; that research-driven conceptual art can combine the lushness of ideas and materiality; that personal narratives sifted through political, literary, and pop cultures can address larger social frameworks; that artworks can complicate the meaning of “American” by addressing the country’s physical and psychological boundaries; and that our present moment can be reimagined by engaging with under-recognized artistic models and artists we have lost. Deliberately intergenerational and interdisciplinary, this Biennial proposes that cultural, aesthetic, and political possibility begins with meaningful exchange and reciprocity.

The subtitle of this Biennial, Quiet as It’s Kept, is a colloquialism. We were inspired by the ways novelist Toni Morrison, jazz drummer Max Roach, and artist David Hammons have invoked it in their works. The phrase is typically said prior to something—often obvious—that should be kept secret. We also adorned the exhibition with a symbol, ) (, from a N. H. Pritchard poem, on view in the exhibition, as a gesture toward openness and interlude. All of the Whitney’s Biennials serve as forums for artists, and the works on view reflect their enigmas, the things that perplex them, and the important questions they are asking. But each of the Biennials also exists as an institutional statement, and every team of curators is entrusted with making an exhibition that resides within the Museum’s history, collection, and reputation. In its eightieth iteration, the Biennial continues to function as an ongoing experiment.

Whitney Biennial 2022: Quiet as It's Kept is co-organized by David Breslin, DeMartini Family Curator and Director of Curatorial Initiatives, and Adrienne Edwards, Engell Speyer Family Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs, with Mia Matthias, Curatorial Assistant; Gabriel Almeida Baroja, Curatorial Project Assistant; and Margaret Kross, former Senior Curatorial Assistant.

Whitney Biennial 2022: Quiet as It's Kept is presented by

   

Generous support is provided by

 

Generous support is also provided by Judy Hart Angelo; The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston; Elaine Graham Weitzen Foundation for Fine Arts; Lise and Michael Evans; John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation; Kevin and Rosemary McNeely, Manitou Fund; The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation; The Rosenkranz Foundation; Anne-Cecilie Engell Speyer and Robert Speyer; and the Whitney's National Committee.

Major support is provided by The Keith Haring Foundation Exhibition Fund, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and an anonymous donor.

Significant support is provided by 2022 Biennial Committee Co-Chairs: Jill Bikoff, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Barbara and Michael Gamson, Miyoung Lee, Bernard Lumpkin, Julie Mehretu, Fred Wilson; 2022 Biennial Committee Members: Philip Aarons and Shelley Fox Aarons, Sarah Arison and Thomas Wilhelm, Candy and Michael Barasch, James Keith (JK) Brown and Eric Diefenbach, Eleanor and Bobby Cayre, Alexandre and Lori Chemla, Suzanne and Bob Cochran, Jenny Brorsen and Richard DeMartini, Fairfax Dorn and Marc Glimcher, Stephen Dull, Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg, Melanie Shorin and Greg S. Feldman, Jeffrey & Leslie Fischer Family Foundation, Cindy and Mark Galant, Christy and Bill Gautreaux, Debra and Jeffrey Geller Family Foundation, Aline and Gregory Gooding, Janet and Paul Hobby, Harry Hu, Peter H. Kahng, Michèle Gerber Klein, Ashley Leeds and Christopher Harland, Dawn and David Lenhardt, Jason Li, Marjorie Mayrock, Stacey and Robert Morse, Daniel Nadler, Opatrny Family Foundation, Orentreich Family Foundation, Nancy and Fred Poses, Marylin Prince, Eleanor Heyman Propp, George Wells and Manfred Rantner, Martha Records and Richard Rainaldi, Katie and Amnon Rodan, Jonathan M. Rozoff, Linda and Andrew Safran, Subhadra and Rohit Sahni, Erica and Joseph Samuels, Carol and Lawrence Saper, Allison Wiener and Jeffrey Schackner, Jack Shear, Annette and Paul Smith, the Stanley and Joyce Black Family Foundation, Robert Stilin, Rob and Eric Thomas-Suwall, and Patricia Villareal and Tom Leatherbury; as well as the Alex Katz Foundation, Further Forward Foundation, the Kapadia Equity Fund, Gloria H. Spivak, and an anonymous donor.

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.

New York magazine is the exclusive media sponsor.


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