february 25–may 30, 2010
this year marks the seventy-fifth edition of the whitney’s signature exhibition. while biennials are always affected by the cultural, political, and social moment, this exhibition, simply titled 2010, embodies a cross section of contemporary art production rather than a specific theme. to underscore the idea of time as an element of the biennial and to demonstrate the influence of the past on 2010, familiar and less well-known artists from previous exhibitions are brought together in collecting biennials, an accompanying installation drawn from the museum’s collection on view on the fifth floor. balancing different media ranging from painting and sculpture to video, photography, performance, and installation, 2010 also serves as a two-way telescope through which the whitney’s past and future can be observed.
image: pae WHITE, smoke knows, 2009 [detail]; photograph by fredrik NILSEN