Whitney Biennial 2002


Biennial 2002 Program Info

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Public Programs

Tickets for Public Programs
Advance tickets for lectures, seminars, and symposia may be purchased in the Museum Lobby or by calling 1 (877) WHITNEY. For more information on upcoming programs, call (212) 570-7722.

Biennial Voices audio guide
Adult Programs
Family Programs
Programs for Educators
Youth Programs

Biennial Voices audio guide
Straight from the artist's mouth!

Don't miss this special audio guide featuring original interviews with eighty of the Biennial artists. Listen as the artists discuss their art, ideas, and inspiration. Biennial Voices begins with an introduction by Maxwell L. Anderson, the Whitney's Alice Pratt Brown Director, and includes commentaries by the exhibition curators who provide contextual information and analysis. Other "stops" highlight the sound gallery, the performance component of the exhibition, the film and video program, and the off-site works in Central Park. Interviews with the Internet artists provide basic introductions to their projects to help visitors navigate sites on their own. The guide is produced in collaboration with Antenna Audio. $5, free to members

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Adult Programs

Panel Discussions

Friday, March 8, 7-9 PM
2002 Whitney Biennial Net Art
Tishman Auditorium
66 W 12th St.
Live Webcast @ http://www.netart-init.org
A panel featuring artists included in the net art section of the Whitney Biennial, moderated by Christiane Paul, Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts, Whitney Museum.
A collaboration between the Whitney Museum and Netart Initiative, sponsored by the Center of New Design at the Parsons School of Design.
Admission Free.

Thursday, May 9, 6-8 PM
Sites, Signs, and Times: Responses to the 2002 Biennial Exhibition
The Graduate Center, City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street

In conjunction with the 2002 Biennial Exhibition, this panel brings together a broad range of critical thinkers and cultural producers responding to notions of contemporary visual culture, architecture, performance, and sound. Speakers include Eleanor Heartney, contributing editor to Art in America and author of Critical Condition: American Culture at the Crossroads (Cambridge University Press, 1977); and Greg Tate, writer for the Village Voice, Vibe, Artforum, and Rolling Stone and author of the forthcoming book Midnight Lightning: Race, Sex, Technology, and Jimi Hendrix (A Capella/Lawrence Hill Press). Additional speakers to be announced. Admission: $12; members, senior citizens, and students with valid ID, $10. Advance tickets are required; call 1 (877) WHITNEY or purchase tickets in the Museum Lobby.

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Seminars With Artists
The popular Seminars with Artists series showcases this year's 2002 Biennial exhibition artists.

7 - 8:15 PM
Tuesday March 19 Tirtza Even
Tuesday April 2 Collier Schorr
Tuesday April 16 Trenton Doyle Hancock
Tuesday April 23 Lebbeus Woods
Tuesday April 30 Yun-Fei Ji
Thursday May 16 Anne Wilson

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Family Programs

Family Fun! Workshops
Every second Saturday of the month, 9-11 am

Hello Whitney Kids! You and your family can learn together at our interactive Family Fun! Workshops. All workshops are led by a Museum educator and include creative art projects plus a take-home project. Art supplies are provided.

March 9
Hey! Check it out!
What's New in the 2002 Biennial Exhibition

April 13
Wow! Look and Listen!
What's New in the 2002 Biennial Exhibition

Recommended for children ages 5 to 10. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission: $8 per family; members $6. Preregistration is required; call (212) 570-7745 for reservations.

Family Activity Guides
This spring, the Whitney offers a new guide designed to introduce children and families to selected works of art. The Biennial family guide What's New? What's That? helps children and adults explore the 2002 Biennial, and is available free of charge.

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Programs for Educators

Open House for Educators
Wednesday, March 6 4-6 pm
A special opportunity for educators and administrators to preview the 2002 Biennial Exhibition. Learn about the Museum's programs for students and educators, meet and exchange ideas with colleagues, and schedule a Museum visit. Admission is free. Preregistration is recommended; call (212) 570-7745.

Educator Workshops
Wednesdays, 4-7 pm
Learn about useful resources for enhancing your curriculum and engaging students in American art and culture.

What's New in American Art? 2002 Biennial Exhibition
April 10

Keeping a Sketchbook
April 24

Women of the Biennial
May 8

Fee: Teacher members $20 per workshop; nonmembers $25 per workshop. Registration is required; for more information and registration materials, call (212) 570-7745.

Pre- and Post-visit materials
These materials are designed for teachers to use as a resource in the classroom before and after their museum visit. They consist of topics for discussion, writing activities, and art projects that introduce the key ideas of an exhibition. Developed in partnership with a team of New York City school teachers, the materials focus on core curriculum subject areas, including art, English language arts, social studies, and technology.

Pre- and post-visit materials for selected exhibitions are available online in PDF file format. To print a PDF file, you will need Acrobat Reader software.

2002 Biennial pre- and post-visit materials Grades 6-12 .pdf (3.5 MB)

2002 Biennial pre- and post-visit materials Grades K-5 .pdf (2.8 MB)

The Whitney Museum of American Art's School and Teacher Programs are made possible by a generous grant from

Additional support is provided by The Louis Calder Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, JPMorgan Chase, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and by members of the Whitney's Education Committee.

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Youth Programs

Artists and Youth: A Dialogue
Participants in the Museum's Youth Insights program moderate a livel
y conversation with well-known contemporary artists, providing a forum for high school youth to interact with artists, exchange views, and form ideas about contemporary art.

Robert Lazzarini
Friday, April 12 4:30-6 pm
Join Youth Insights and Robert Lazzarini in a discussion on how he creates his amazing sculpture which seems to defy our sense of physical possibility.

Youth2Youth Tours
On the third Friday of each month, Youth Insights participants lead a free interactive tour for teens of the Museum's special exhibitions and Permanent Collection. Tours begin at 5 pm and 6 pm.

April 19: 2002 Biennial Exhibition

May 17: 2002 Biennial Exhibition

Youth Insights is made possible by grants from the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, Ambrose Monell Foundation, The Pinkerton Foundation, The New York Times Company Foundation, Reuters Foundation, and the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation.

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Film and Video Program

Several strands emerge in recent American experimental film and video. Films and live projection works, in which the artist manipulates the projector during the performance, explore color and light, material surface and cinematic space, and the mechanics of the projector. New digital videos use the fluidity of digital technology to create works addressing narrative, documentary, and popular culture. Several pieces articulate a personal anxiety around distant danger, psychic disintegration, or mortality. From the projected light of the magic lantern to the virtual reality of the Internet, this group of works asserts the fragility and humanity of our contemporary world. The series includes fourteen programs. All programs are screened in the Kaufman Astoria Studios Film & Video Gallery.

Program 1: Light Moves

Saturday, March 9
Saturday, May 25
Live projection performances by Bruce McClure, Luis Recoder, and Ken Jacobs

1 pm
Bruce McClure
XXX, OXX, XOX, XXO (Slapdash Slapstick), 2001
Three 16mm black-and-white film loops for four projectors, and rotary gels, color, sound; length variable

Section Through a Cone Taken Down with No Regard for Frames Then Projected at 24 Frames Per Second, 2001
16mm film, color, silent; 12 min.

Indeterminate Focus, 1999
16mm film for prepared projector, color, sound; 12 min.

Quarter Draw, 2001 Four 16mm black-and-white film loops for four projectors, and rotary gels, color, sound; length variable

3 pm
Luis Recoder
Space, 2001
16mm cinemascope film, color, sound; 14 min.

Available Light: Shift, 2001
16mm film, double-projection, color, silent; 12 min.

Available Light: Blue-Violet, 2000
16mm film at 18 fps, color, silent; 15 min.

Glass: Liquid Light, 2001
Single filmless projection performance with water and film-booth glass, sound; 12 min.

5 pm
Ken Jacobs
Crystal Palace (Chandeliers For The People), A Nervous Magic Lantern Performance, 2000
Animated magic lantern, color, sound; approx. 40 min.

Program 2: Ether and Ore
Sunday, March 10, 2 pm
Saturday, April 6 2 pm
Sunday, April 21 2 pm

Glen Fogel
Reflex, 1999
Hand-processed Super-8 film, color, sound; 3 1/2 min.

Endless Obsession, 2000
Video transferred to Super-8 film, color, sound; 5 min.

Control Sequences, 2001
Video and Super-8 film, superimposed film and video projection, black-and-white and colored gels, sound; 6 min.

Ascension, 2001
Video transferred to 16mm film, superimposed film and gelled light projection, color, sound; 6 min.

Brian Frye
Wormwood's Dog and Monkey Show, 2001
16mm film, black-and-white, sound; 11 min.

Oona's Veil, 2000
16mm film, black-and-white, sound; 8 min.

David Gatten
Moxon's Mechanick Exercises, or, The Doctrine of Handy-Works Applied to the Art of Printing, 1999 16mm film at 18 fps, black-and-wh
ite, silent; 26 min.

Fred Worden
The Or Cloud, 2001
16mm film, black-and-white, silent; 6 min.

Phil Solomon
Twilight Psalm II: "Walking Distance", 1999
16mm film, color, sound; 23 min.

Program 3: Robert Beavers: The Architecture of Film
Sunday, March 10 4 pm
Saturday, April 6 4 pm

Robert Beavers
Work Done, 1972-99
35mm film, color, sound; 22 min.

The Painting, 1972-99
35mm film, color, sound; 12 min. Projected in 16mm

The Ground, 2001
35mm film, color, sound; 20 min.

Program 4: Light as Matter 
Saturday, March 16 2 pm
Sunday, April 7 2 pm
Saturday, April 27 2 pm

Leighton Pierce
The Back Steps, 2001
Digital video, color, sound; 5 1/2 min.

Keith Sanborn
For the Birds, 2000
Digital video, black-and-white, sound; 8 min.

Diane Kitchen
Wot the Ancient Sod, 2001
16mm film, color, silent; 17 min.

Luis Recoder

Available Light: Yellow-Red, 1999
16mm film at 18 fps, color, silent; 15 min.

Stom Sogo
Problem's You, 1997-2001
Super-8 film at 18 fps, black-and-white and color, silent; 27 min.

Program 5: Small Epiphanies of Nature
Saturday, March 16 4 pm
Sunday, April 7 4 pm
Saturday, April 27 4 pm

Peter Hutton
Time and Tide, 2001
16mm film, color and black-and-white, silent; 35 min.

Andrew Noren

Time Being, 2001
Digital video, black-and-white and color, silent and sound; 58 min.

Program 6: Liminal Spaces
Sunday, March 17 2 pm
Saturday, April 13 2 pm
Sunday, April 28 2 pm

Mark LaPore
The Glass System, 2000
16mm film, color, sound; 20 min.

Robert Fenz
Soledad: Meditations on Revolution III, 2001
16mm film, black-and-white, silent; 14 min.

Bosmat Alon and Tirtza Even
Kayam Al Hurbano (Existing on Its Ruins), 1999
Digital video, color, sound; 35 min.
Sound design by Brian Karl

Program 7: These Are Not My Images
Sunday, March 17 4 pm
Saturday, April 13 4 pm
Sunday, April 28 4 pm

Irit Batsry
These Are Not My Images (Neither There Nor Here), 2000
Video, color, sound; 80 min.
Soundtrack by Stuart Jones

Program 8: From the Other Side 
Friday, March 22 7 pm 
Sunday, May 12 2 pm

Zoe Beloff
Shadow Land or Light from the Other Side, 2000
16mm stereoscopic film, black-and-white, sound; 32 min.

A Mechanical Medium, 2000
Stereoscopic sťance with live sound by Gen Ken Montgomery. Performance for Model B Kodascope 16mm film projector, stereoscopic slide projector, 3-D slides, 78 rpm hand-cranked phonograph, Tri-Signal Telegraph Unit Toy, pocket Theramin, and sine-wave generator

Program 9: age of anxiety
Saturday, March 23 2 pm and 4 pm
Sunday, April 14 2 pm and 4 pm
Saturday, May 4 2 pm and 4 pm

Alfred Guzzetti
The Tower of Industrial Life, 2000
Digital video, color, sound; 15 min.

Peter Campus

Death Threat: Receiving Radiation, Disappearance, Death Threat, 2000 Video, color, sound; 11 min.
Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix, New York

Program 10: In the Blink of an Eye
Saturday, March 23 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm
Sunday, April 14 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm
Saturday, May 4 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm

Ken Jacobs
Flo Rounds a Corner, 1999
Digital video, color, silent; 6 min.

Trevor, 1999
Video, color, sound; 11 min.
Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix, New York

Scott Stark
Angel Beach, 2001
16mm film at 18 fps, color, silent; 27 min.

Program 11: Reality Shifts

Sunday, March 24 2 pm
Saturday, April 20 2 pm
Saturday, May 11 2 pm

Peggy Ahwesh

She Puppet, 2001
Video, color, sound; 15 min.

Seth Price
"Painting" Sites, 2001
Video projection, color, sound; 20 min.

Susan Black

Heaven on Earth, 2001
Video, color, sound; 3 min. 

Tony Cokes
2@, 2000
Video, color, sound; 6 min.
Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix, New York

Stom Sogo
Guided by Voices, 1999-2000
Video and Super-8 film transferred to digital video, color, sound; 12 min.

Program 12: Postcard from the Edge

Sunday, March 24 4 pm
Saturday, April 20 4 pm
Saturday, May 11 4 pm

Dennis Hopper
Homeless, 2000
Digital video, color, sound; 9 min.

Miranda July

Nest of Tens, 2000
Video, color, sound; 27 min.

Joe Gibbons
Confessions of a Sociopath, 2001
Video and Super-8 film transferred to video, color and black-and-white, sound; 60 min.

Program 13: silt: All Pieces of a River Shore
Saturday, May 18 7 pm
Sunday, May 19 3 pm

All Pieces of a River Shore, 2002
Film installation and performance with Super-8, 16mm, and 35mm film, color and black-and-white, live sound, multiple Super-8 and 16mm projectors, hand-cranked 35mm projector, and multiple sculptural screens; approx. 30 min.

Admission to Saturday screening: $8; members, senior citizens, and students with valid ID $6. Advance tickets are recommended.

Ongoing Video Program

Please see calendar for screening dates. Screening times are approximate, and the program begins one hour later on Fridays.

12 pm
Joe Gibbons, Confessions of a Sociopath, 2001. 60 min.
1 pm
Keith Sanborn, For the Birds, 2000. 8 min.
Peggy Ahwesh, She Puppet, 2001. 15 min.
Susan Black, Heaven on Earth, 2001. 3 min.
Tony Cokes, 2@, 2000. 6 min.
Seth Price, "Painting" Sites, 2001. 20 min.

2 pm
Bosmat Alon and Tirtza Even, Kayam Al Hurbano (Existing on Its Ruins), 1999. 35 min.
Dennis Hopper, Homeless, 2000. 9 min.
Stom Sogo, Guided by Voices, 1999-2000. 12 min.

3 pm
Ken Jacobs, Flo Rounds a Corner, 1999. 6 min.
Steina, Trevor, 1999. 11 min.
Leighton Pierce, The Back Steps, 2001. 5 1/2 min.
Peter Campus, Death Threat: Receiving Radiation, Disappearance, Death Threat, 2000. 11 min.
Alfred Guzzetti, The Tower of Industrial Life, 2000. 15 min.

3:45 pm
Irit Batsry, These Are Not My Images (Neither There Nor Here), 2000. 80 min.

Curated by Chrissie Iles, curator of film and video. Special thanks to Mark McElhatten, independent curator and Biennial curatorial adviser. Program coordination: Henriette Huldisch and Tanya Leighton, with the assistance of Elizabeth Fisher and Marit Knollmueller.


SoundCheck at FabFridays

March 8 Miranda July
March 15 LIVE MUSIC: Marina Rosenfeld
March 22 Sanford Biggers
March 29 DJ Gogol Hütz
April 5 Chris Johanson
April 12 Robert Lazzarini
April 19 LIVE MUSIC: Gogol Bordello
April 26 Stephen Vitiello
May 3 Ari Marcopoulos
May 10 LIVE MUSIC: Gregor Asch (DJ Olive the Audio Janitor)
May 17 Jeremy Blake
May 24 Christian Marclay
May 31 Rachel Harrison

Every Friday evening from 6 to 9 pm, the Whitney is transformed into a lively nightclub lounge with cocktails and contemporary fare prepared by Tastefully Done. Admission is pay-what-you-wish, and all current exhibitions are open for viewing.

Metropolitan Home is a sponsor of FabFridays.

Starting with the 2002 Biennial, the Whitney presents SoundCheck, a weekly series of evenings hosted by contemporary artists who present their own favorite music selections, as well as monthly live music events by a range of experimental musicians and sound artists. This spring features an exciting lineup of Biennial participants.

Please note: schedule is subject to change without notice.


Member Events

This spring, members have the opportunity to attend exclusive programs to expand their enjoyment of and access to the Whitney's landmark exhibition. With works by more than a hundred contemporary artists on four floors of the Museum, this year's Biennial is not to be missed.

Preview events
Opening Reception for Whitney Circle, Whitney Fellow, Whitney Sponsor, and Director's Council members
Tuesday, March 5 7-9 pm

Opening Reception for Patron and Friend members
Tuesday, March 5 9-11 pm

Opening Reception for Dual and Family Contributor members Wednesday, March 6 7-11 pm Opening Reception for Individual members
Wednesday, March 6 8:30-11 pm

Private viewing hours for all members
Thursday, April 4 6-9 pm
Saturday, April 6 9-11 am

Programs for Whitney Circle, Whitney Fellow, and Whitney Sponsor members
Biennial curator-led tours and reception
Monday, March 11 6:30-8:30 pm
Thursday, March 14 6:30-8:30 pm

Gallery walk and lunch
Saturday, April 13 10:30 am

EXCLUSIVE for Whitney Fellow and Whitney Sponsor members
Artist studio visit
Saturday, April 27 11 am

Intimate reception with the Museum's director
Thursday, May 9 6:30 pm

Members Day Trip to Philadelphia
Saturday, May 18, 2002

Tour the Barnett Newman exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, led by curator Ann Temkin. Following lunch is a visit to the Fabric Workshop and Museum.

Fee (including transportation and lunch): $150. For reservations, please call (212) 570-3641. Space is limited and reservations are required.

Whitney Contemporaries Art Party 2002
Thursday, May 16
9 pm-1 am

Join Biennial artists and the Whitney Contemporaries for an exciting evening of live music, dancing, glamour, and more at the Art Party 2002, a benefit for the 2002 Biennial Exhibition. Tickets are $150 each.

For more information, call (212) 570-7746 or email artparty@whitney.org.