New York

2008 Whitney Biennial

Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street
March 6–June 1

Curated by Henriette Huldisch and Shamim M. Momin

These days, biennials around the world come and go with such banal frequency that one is tempted to regard them foremost as another dire way of marking the passage of time. “How many more of these fanfaronades shall I see before death?” weary international art-world power brokers and factotums might well wonder. Even so, globalism notwithstanding, two of these exhibitions retain a certain anticipatory excitement, however much they are typically despised: Venice and the Whitney. The seventy-fourth installment in the series of annual and subsequently biennial exhibitions inaugurated in 1932 by the museum’s founder, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, consists of eighty-one artists, chosen by curators Henriette Huldisch and Shamim M. Momin, and overseen by the museum’s chief curator, Donna De Salvo, with Thelma Golden, Bill Horrigan, and Linda Norden serving as consultants. Can’t wait, can you?