While Open Casket has dominated the discussion, the latest Biennial—the first in the Whitney’s new digs—features the work of 63 artists and groups curated by Mia Locks and Christopher Lew. The show explores the diversity of contemporary art practice in America today. Separated into smaller shows that unite works by the same artist, the exhibition offers a snapshot of the most urgent conversations about art taking place today, delving into race, gender, class, violence, technology, and beyond.
This being the Biennial, the show is a beast, sprawling across two full floors, down stairwells, and into a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces. And while the controversy has unleashed a vital discourse, it’s also left several worthy works by today’s most exciting contemporary artists less explored.
We’ve done some curating of our own, culling five key pieces that are not to be missed.