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Presented by
Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program
at The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011

May 16 - June 7, 2008



Bik van der Pol
Jenny Holzer
The Bureau of Inverse Technology (Agents Natalie Jeremijenko and Kate Rich)
Mark Lombardi
Lin + Lam
Julia Meltzer and David Thorne
Trevor Paglen
Ben Rubin
Susan Schuppli


Friday, May 16, 2008, 5–8 pm

NEW YORK, NY (May 1, 2008)For Reasons of State, this year’s annual spring exhibition of the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, will be presented from May 16 to June 7, 2008, at The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street. The exhibition features artists who explore issues of public access to information in American society, focusing on the availability of knowledge to the general public and the censorship or misrepresentation that results from governmental and/or corporate influence.


Artworks by Bik van der Pol, the Bureau of Inverse Technology, Jenny Holzer, Lin + Lam, Mark Lombardi, Julia Meltzer and David Thorne, Trevor Paglen, Ben Rubin, and Susan Schuppli prompt viewers to consider exchanging the frequently deployed phrase "need-to-know" with the more democratic "right-to-know." Foreshadowing the upcoming presidential election, this exhibition addresses the ability of citizens to function as a democracy in the face of governmental secrecy. 


This exhibition is curated by Angelique Campens, Erica Cooke, and Steven Lam, the 2007-08 Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellows of the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program.


See Something, Say Something: Strategies of Counter-Surveillance
with Karen Beckman, Peter Galison, Thomas Y. Levin, and Lin + Lam
moderated by Yates McKee
Saturday, May 31, 5 pm
At The Kitchen
512 West 19th Street
New York, NY 10011


GALLERY TALKS with the curators
Saturday, May 24, 2 pm, Free
Saturday, June 7, 2 pm, Free


Tuesday–Friday 12–6 pm
Saturday 11–6 pm

Admission to the gallery is free.
For more information, please call Erica Cooke: (646) 286-8082, or Steven Lam:  (917) 671-8035, or visit www.thekitchen.org


Yale University Press will distribute the publication “For Reasons of State” with essays by the curators as well as an interview with Peter Galison and Robb Moss, co-directors of the 2008 documentary Secrecy.
ISBN: 978-0-300-14694-3
For more information visit http://yalepress.yale.edu/


Founded 40 years ago as an innovative, alternative approach to the education of young artists, curators, art historians and critics, the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program is now widely known and highly respected in both the art and academic communities in the U.S. and throughout the world. The program provides a unique setting for the critical study of the diverse practices, discourses and institutions that constitute the fields of artistic and cultural production.


The Independent Study Program is supported in part by Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo; The Dorothea L. Leonhardt Foundation, Inc.; the Dorothea L. Leonhardt Fund of the Communities Foundation of Texas, Inc.; The Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund of the New York Community Trust; the Easton Foundation; and the Whitney Contemporaries of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Endowment support is provided by the Communities Foundation of Texas, Inc.; The Dorothea L. Leonhardt Foundation, Inc.; the Rubinstein Foundation; and George S. Harris.

Current and Upcoming Exhibitions at the Whitney Museum:

2008 Whitney Biennial
March 6-June 1, 2008

Polaroids: Mapplethorpe
May 3-September 7, 2008

Buckminster Fuller: Starting with the Universe
June 26-September 21, 2008

Paul McCarthy: Three Installations, Two Films
June 26-October 12, 2008

Alexander Calder: The Paris Years
October 16, 2008-February 15, 2009

William Eggleston
November 7, 2008-January 25, 2009

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