New York

Whitney Biennial Video

This Biennial once again gave video greater prominence than it has in the rest of the art world, offering a full day’s programming of work by 16 videomakers, shown in a gallery just opposite the museum entrance, as well as two installation pieces elsewhere. Video doesn’t fit into art’s usual marketing structures, and so has remained problematic within the gallery scene, even as new technology continues to increase its significance as the dominant communications and entertainment medium of the culture. In this context of growing social importance and general art-world neglect, the handful of museums and other art spaces that program video regularly appear particularly farsighted.

John Hanhardt, the Whitney’s curator of film and video, has long conducted one of the most active and consistently interesting video programs in the city, with last year’s extraordinary Nam June Paik retrospective

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