Weekend Agenda: Whitney Biennial

Every two years, The Whitney Museum puts on an large exhibition called the Biennial. It's a big deal because the show is known for encapsulating what's now and what's next. If you want to know what is driving artists today, and what the art world is going to be talking about tomorrow, a visit to the Biennial can help -- even if a lot of the work is not your cup of tea visually. Most editions exhibit many emerging artists, and inclusion can catapult an artist's career to the big league. 

The Biennial began in 1932, making it the longest-running show of its kind for American art. This -- the seventy-eighth edition -- is the first in the new Meat Packing District building.  The focus of many of the 63 included artists, perhaps not surprisingly, is on racial and economic inequality and political tension. Here are some highlights! 

Larry Bell, Pacific Red, 2016, Whitney Biennial 2017

Larry Bell, Pacific Red, 2016, Whitney Biennial 2017

John Divola, Abandoned Painting B, 2007, Whitney Biennial 2017

John Divola, Abandoned Painting B, 2007, Whitney Biennial 2017

Carrie Moyer, Glimmer Glass, 2016, Whitney Biennial 2017

Carrie Moyer, Glimmer Glass, 2016, Whitney Biennial 2017

Dana Schutz, Fight in an Elevator, 2015, Whitney Biennial 2017

Dana Schutz, Fight in an Elevator, 2015, Whitney Biennial 2017