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“Biennial 2000”

Whitney Museum of American Art

If it’s not one thing, it’s another. The reviews are in: This is the “boring” Biennial. Critics ranging from Michael Kimmelman (the New York Times) to Jerry Saltz (the Village Voice) were lulled into a fitful sleep by the Whitney’s millennial Biennial. Why were such normally tireless lookers unable to keep their eyes open?

The obvious points are the absence of a theme and a unified curatorial attitude. In addition to their much-remarked geographical distribution, the six curators are individually known for different strengths: formalist sensitivity (Michael Auping); installation art (Hugh Davies); Conceptual work (Jane Farver); politically oriented art (Andrea Miller-Keller); film, video, and public art (Valerie Cassells); identity issues (Lawrence Rinder). To a somewhat lesser extent than “Greater New York”—the “alternative” picture of local contemporary art running concurrently at

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