Whitney Museum presents an online talk about Whitney Biennial history

March 7, 2022

The Whitney Biennial was introduced in 1932 as a way to chart the most relevant art and ideas in the United States. This talk will look back at touchstone Biennials to examine how art—and its reception—reflects its cultural moment. In 1993, the Biennial famously engaged the politics of identity, while the following 1995 Biennial signaled a return to concerns of beauty and form. Join Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow Joseph Henry to explore how art, criticism, and public reception take on the polarities of politics and beauty, and consider how the Whitney Biennial has served as a testing ground for these questions over the years.

Joseph Henry is a Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow at the Whitney Museum and a Ph.D. candidate in the art history program at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where his research dwells on Expressionism and the relationship between art and labor. He’s also written on topics including design, dance and performance, modernist print culture, primitivism, and queer visual culture. Joseph previously served as a Mellon-Marron Research Consortium Fellow at the Museum of Modern Art, a Scholar-in-Residence at the Robert Gore Rifkind Center for German Expressionist Studies, and a Helena Rubinstein Critical Studies Fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program. He has written on contemporary art for publications such as Artforum, Frieze, and Art in America, as well as in several exhibition catalogues.

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