Next year’s Whitney Biennale – the last to be held in the museum’s Marcel Breuer-designed building – is taking a different tack. The survey of contemporary American practice will be curated across three different floors by three different curators; none of whom are based in New York. The curators are Stuart Comer (film curator at Tate Modern), Anthony Elms (associate curator at Philadelphia ICA) and Michelle Grabner (professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago).
Rather than collaborate, each curator gets a floor of their own, thus allowing for three diverse perspectives on contemporary art in the US. Chief curator of the Whitney Donna De Salvo says: “By flinging open the Museum’s doors metaphorically, we hope to create a platform in which voices from outside the Whitney can enliven the conversation around contemporary art in the United States.” (As an aside, all of these ‘voices’ happen to be white…). The exhibition opens in March.