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"2000 Biennial Exhibition"
2000-03-23 until 2000-06-04
Whitney Museum
New York, NY, USA United States of America

The artists in the 2000 Biennial, the seventieth in the Whitney Museums signature series, were selected after a nationwide search. The more than two hundred works are in a variety of media, from painting, sculpture, and installation art to film and video selections and Internet art. The exhibition opens on March 23, 2000, and runs in its entirety through June 4, 2000.

For the first time in Biennial history, the exhibition was curated by a group of outside experts working across the country, under the guidance of Whitney Museum director Maxwell L. Anderson. In addition to being one of the largest Biennial exhibitions to date, it is also one of the Whitney Museums most international, with twenty-one artists born outside the United States.

Internet art makes its debut at the Whitney Museum in the 2000 Biennial. The nine sites in the Biennial represent a broad range of approaches to Internet art, an aesthetic diversity that mirrors the vitality and versatility of the medium. The sites range from those that consist almost exclusively of text to others that are collages of images and sound.

The Internet Art Gallery within the exhibition allows visitors to explore the websites in a large projection format. The sites can also be viewed on a bank of computers located in the Robert J. Hurst Family Gallery and accessed through the Internet Art page.

The cinematic program, historically one of the strongest sections of the Biennial since its inception in the late 1970s, continues to offer evidence of the central position of film and video in the contemporary art world. The program for the 2000 Biennial includes works created in the last three years by twenty-seven artists. They provide a multifaceted portrait of contemporary America and popular culture from the 1950s to the present day. The screening schedule is loosely arranged by themes, and each work is screened once a week in the Whitney Museums Kaufman Astoria Studios Film & Video Gallery.

An updated version of the 2000 Biennial cinematic screening schedule, including any announced schedule changes, is also available online on the Calendar. Consult the Calendar to confirm dates and screening times.

The Biennial Voices audio guide, a first for a Whitney Biennial, provides an insiders view of the exhibition. Recorded interviews with the artists, artist statements, and even original recordings offer listeners an intimate connection to the creative process of contemporary art. Biennial Voices was produced by Antenna Audio and uses new random-access MP3 digital hand-held players. The 2000 Biennial Exhibition was organized by: Maxwell L. Anderson, Director, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Michael Auping, Chief Curator, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas; Valerie Cassel, Director, Visiting Artists Program, The School of The Art Institute of Chicago; Hugh M. Davies, Director, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Jane Farver, Director, List Visual Arts Center at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Andrea Miller-Keller, independent curator, based in Hartford, Connecticut; Lawrence R. Rinder, Director, CCAC Institute, California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco and Oakland Mr. Rinder is also the newly appointed Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Curator of Contemporary Art at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Tickets for the 2000 Biennial are $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens and students with valid ID. Children under 12 and Whitney Museum members are admitted free of charge. The Biennial Voices audio guide is free with admission. Tickets for the cinematic program alone can be purchased for $5; screenings are free with the full price of admission.

The richly illustrated 2000 Biennial Exhibition catalogue features more than 150 vibrant illustrations accompanied by texts on the work of each artist. In addition, a valuable reference section at the back of the book offers biographical, bibliographical, and exhibition data on each Biennial participant. Whitney Museum director Maxwell L. Anderson introduces the catalogue with a detailed history of the Whitneys signature exhibition series. Designed by the award-winning designer J. Abbott Miller at Pentagram, the book is published by the Whitney Museum of American Art and distributed by Harry N. Abrams, Inc.

Significant support for the 2000 Biennial Exhibition has been provided through an endowment established by Emily Fisher Landau and Leonard A. Lauder.

Additional funding has been provided by The Brown Foundation, Inc., Houston, the National Committee of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Whitney Contemporaries, Melva Bucksbaum, The Greenwall Foundation, France Telecom North America, and Reuters America.

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