I, YOU, WE
Apr 25–Sept 1, 2013
I, you, we: three very commonplace words. These pronouns—with all their implied complexities of meaning—provide an unexpected guide for assessing the works of art from the 1980s and early 1990s in the Museum’s collection. What becomes apparent in this survey of paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and photographs is how the personal, social, and collective issues and concerns of the artists of this time are still relevant several decades later.
I, YOU, WE is organized by David Kiehl, Nancy and Fred Poses Curator.
Ongoing support for the permanent collection and major support for I, YOU, WE is provided by
Bank of America.
I, YOU, WE is the fifth in a two-year series of exhibitions which reassess the Whitney’s collection in anticipation of the Museum’s move downtown. Unfolding chronologically, these exhibitions explore overlooked developments in American art and reconsider iconic figures and works within new contexts.
Richard Avedon, Bill Curry, drifter, Interstate 40, Yukon, Oklahoma, 6/16/80, 1980, from In the American West, 1979–84. Gelatin silver print mounted on aluminum, 47 × 37 9/16 in. (119.4 × 95.4 cm). Edition no. 3/5. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Norma and Martin Stevens 98.24
© 2009 The Richard Avedon Foundation
Nan Goldin, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, 1979–96 (detail). Nine-carousel projection with approximately 700 slides, soundtrack, and titles, dimensions variable. Edition no. 1/10. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from The Charles Engelhard Foundation, the Mrs. Percy Uris Bequest, the Painting and Sculpture Committee, and the Photography Committee 92.127
© Nan Goldin
Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Untitled [Billboard Poster], 1989. Photo-screenprint, 16 5/8 × 21 5/8 in. (42.2 × 54.9 cm). Published by the Public Art Fund Inc., New York. Edition no. 28/250. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Thea Westreich and Ethan Wagner 2005.138
© The Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation
Mary Ellen Mark, The Damm Family in Their Car, Los Angeles, California, 1987. Gelatin silver print, 14 9/16 × 14 3/4 in. (37 × 37.5 cm). Edition no. 12/75. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from Raymond W. Merritt 2001.162
Shirin Neshat, Unveiling, 1993, from the series Women of Allah. Gelatin silver print and ink, 59 3/4 × 39 3/4 in. (151.8 × 101 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Photography Committee 2000.267
© Shirin Neshat. Courtesy Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels
Curatorial Laboratory: Perspectives on the Whitney’s Collection
Artist Talk and Screening: Dear Klaus and Minou
Canceled: I, YOU, WE Stroller Tour
Rescheduled: Curatorial Laboratory: Perspectives on the Whitney’s Collection
Member Saturday Night
Member Saturday Night
In the News
"This is an exhibition that faces AIDS head-on, as it does identity."
—The New York Times
"The Whitney Finds the Good Thing About the '80s"
—The Village Voice
Video: Curator David Kiehl leads a walk-through of the exhibition.
"An intense and poignant selection of works from the Whitney’s permanent collection that is worth catching"
"A stunning, stirring exhibit"