“The Whitney Biennial, inaugurated by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in 1932, still stands out as the pre-eminent biennial in this country.” — The New York Times
The UIC School of Art & Art History has extraordinary representation in the 2017 Whitney Biennial, with six participat- ing artists — Basma Alsharif, MFA ’07; Mary Helena Clark, MFA ’12; Irena Haiduk, MFA ’11; Dani Leventhal, MFA ’03; Harold Mendez, MFA ’07; and Visiting Assistant Professor, Cauleen Smith.
This year’s presentation occupies the largest gallery space in the biennial’s history, the Whitney’s downtown home at 99 Gansevoort Street, New York. Many of the works on view investigate the individual operating within an unsettled — and unsettling — world, and mediums range from painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, film, video, and photography to activism, performance, music, and video game design. The exhibition is co-curated by Christopher Y. Lew and Mia Locks, who also organized the accompanying film program, in collaboration with Aily Nash. The 2017 Whitney Biennial closes June 11.
Image courtesy of Harold Mendez and PATRON Gallery, Chicago.
Read the full CADA Spring 2017 Newsletter online.