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Chrissie Iles and Philippe Vergne discuss the 2006 Whitney Biennial

A YEAR AGO THIS MONTH, WHEN Chrissie Iles and Philippe Vergne were named cocurators of the Whitney Museum of American Art’s 2006 Biennial, there were plenty of reasons for audiences to be hopeful. Iles, the Whitney’s Anne & Joel Ehrenkranz Curator of Contemporary Art, was among the organizers of the 2004 Biennial and is renowned for her work with postwar avant-garde film, which has resulted in such significant exhibitions as 2001’s “Into the Light: The Projected Image in American Art, 1964–1977” and “Standard Gauge: The Film Works of Morgan Fisher, 1968–2003,” currently on view at the Whitney (see page 200). For his part, Vergne, deputy director and senior curator of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, is one of the foremost institutional voices seeking to rearticulate art’s relationship to popular culture and commerce at the turn of the millennium, as evidenced by his “Let’s Entertain:

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