Arts & Entertainment
Must-See Arts & Culture
by Christina Parrella and Jeremy Lehrer, 03/04/2014
"Maxine Adams and Amelia Maxwell" (from The Birmingham Project) (2012), by Dawoud Bey. ©Dawoud Bey. Courtesy, the artist
Whitney Museum of American Art
The Whitney Biennial is a not-to-be-missed event on the arts calendar. The show's curators seek to reflect and examine the state of contemporary art by creating a survey of (mostly) American artists from various media. Past editions of the biennial have generated praise, while others have brought on critique; whether you agree with the curatorial selections or not, the show is guaranteed to be provocative. This year, the Whitney enlisted three curators from outside the museum to choose the artists, and each curator gets to present an entire floor's worth of selections. The program will be a milestone in part because it is the last biennial in the Whitney's current building; the museum moves to its new Meatpacking District digs in 2015.