The Artsy Podcast, No. 28: Why This Year’s Whitney Biennial Is a Resounding Success

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The Whitney Biennial opens to the public on March 17th. This year marks the biennial’s 78th edition, but the first to take place in the museum’s new Meatpacking District building. And it has been deemed a resounding success by many, managing to tackle America’s issues of race and class without gimmicks or oversimplification. 

On this episode, we discuss what curators Christopher Y. Lew and Mia Locks did right. And we’ll take you through the exhibition’s most affecting work, from Jordan Wolfson’s visceral take on virtual reality to Henry Taylor’s monumental paintings of African-American figures.

The 2017 Whitney Biennial Is a Pitch-Perfect Survey of Art Today

This episode of The Artsy Podcast is hosted by Artsy Deputy Editor Alexander Forbes, joined for this edition by Associate Editor Isaac Kaplan and Senior Editor Tess Thackara. It was produced by Editorial Associate Abigail Cain.


Intro music: “Something Elated” by Broke For Free

Cover image: Installation view of Whitney Biennial 2017 (Floor 5), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Photograph by Matthew Carasella.

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