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!