Whitney Biennial 2012

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Devotion Study #1—The American Dancer, February 26, 2012 at 2012 Whitney Biennial © Photograph © Paula Court.
For Hire, 2012 Mixed Media Dimensions Variable © Collection of the artist; courtesy Maccarone, New York
© Courtesy of Whitney Museum of American Art
Whitney Biennial 2012

99 Gansevoort Street
New York, NY 10014
March 1st, 2012 - May 27th, 2012
Opening: March 1st, 2012 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

upper east side
Wed - Sun 11-6, Fri 11-9
Film photography, installation, performance, sculpture


Sculpture, painting, installations, and photography – as well as dance, theater, music, and film – will fill the galleries of the Whitney Museum of American Art in the latest edition of the Whitney Biennial. With a roster of artists at all points in their careers the Biennial provides a look at the current state of contemporary art in America. This is the seventy-sixth in the ongoing series of Biennials and Annuals presented by the Whitney since 1932, two years after the Museum was founded.

The 2012 Biennial takes over most of the Whitney from March 1 through May 27, with portions of the exhibition and some programs continuing through June 10. The participating artists were selected by Elisabeth Sussman, Curator/Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography at the Whitney, and Jay Sanders, a freelance curator and writer who has spent the past ten years working both in the gallery world and on independent curatorial projects. Sussman and Sanders co-curated the Biennial’s film program with Thomas Beard and Ed Halter, the co-founders of Light Industry, a venue for film and electronic art in Brooklyn.

The Whitney’s fourth-floor Emily Fisher Landau Galleries will become a dynamic 6,000-square-foot performance space for music, dance, theater, and other events. This is the first Whitney Biennial in which nearly a full floor of the Museum has been given over to a changing season of performances, events, and residencies.

Tickets for the Biennial go on sale February 10 and may be purchased via or in person at the Whitney, Wednesday through Sunday during gallery hours.