The curators have announced their selection of artists for the 2006 Whitney Biennial, which opens to the public on March 2, and remains on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art through May 28, 2006.
The list of participating artists appears at the end of this release.
Whitney Biennial 2006: Day for Night is curated by Chrissie Iles, the Whitney’s Anne & Joel Ehrenkranz Curator, and Philippe Vergne, the Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.
The Biennial’s lead sponsor is Altria. "Altria Group, Inc. is proud to continue its forty year relationship with the Whitney Museum of American Art by sponsoring the 2006 Biennial exhibition," remarked Jennifer P. Goodale, Vice President, Contributions, Altria Corporate Services, Inc. "This signature exhibition of some of the most bold and inspired work coming from artists’ studios reflects our company’s philosophy of supporting innovation, creativity and diversity in the arts.
Whitney Biennial 2006: Day for Night takes its title from the 1973 film by François Truffaut, whose original French name, La Nuit américaine, denotes the cinematic technique of shooting night scenes artificially during the day, using a special filter. This is the first Whitney Biennial to have a title attached to it.
"Through the curatorial lens of the Biennial," said curator Chrissie Iles, "‘Day for Night’ explores the artifice of American culture in what could be described as a pre-Enlightenment moment, in which culture is preoccupied with the irrational, the religious, the dark, the erotic, and the violent, filtered through a sense of flawed beauty. This reflective, restless mood is not unique to the United States; its presence across both America and Europe suggests a shift in the accepted values that have formed the basis of 20th-century Western culture."
"This moment of questioning characterizes the broad context for the current moment in contemporary American art," said curator Philippe Vergne. "The artists in the 2006 Biennial are working in a space between pre- and post-modernist parameters – somewhere between day and night, between the history of forms and the forms of history. In this twilight zone, many things are called into question or obscured."
Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, Dawolu Jabari Anderson, Kenneth Anger, Dominic Angerame, Christina Battle, James Benning, Bernadette Corporation, Amy Blakemore, Louise Bourque, Mark Bradford, Troy Brauntuch, Anthony Burdin, George Butler, Carter, Carolina Caycedo, The Center for Land Use Interpretation, Paul Chan, Lori Cheatle and Daisy Wright, Ira Cohen, Martha Colburn, Dan Colen, Anne Collier, Tony Conrad, Critical Art Ensemble, Jamal Cyrus, Miles Davis, Deep Dish Television Network, Lucas DeGiulio, Mark di Suvero and Rirkrit Tiravanija, Peter Doig, Trisha Donnelly, Jimmie Durham, Kenya Evans, Urs Fischer, David Gatten, Joe Gibbons, Robert Gober, Deva Graf, Rodney Graham, Hannah Greely, Mark Grotjahn, Jay Heikes, Doug Henry, Pierre Huyghe, Dorothy Iannone, Matthew Day Jackson, Cameron Jamie, Natalie Jeremijenko/Bureau of Inverse Technology, Daniel Johnston, Lewis Klahr, Jutta Koether, Andrew Lampert, Lisa Lapinski, Liz Larner, Hanna Liden, Jeanne Liotta, Marie Losier, Florian Maier-Aichen, Monica Majoli, Yuri Masnyj, T. Kelly Mason and Diana Thater, Adam McEwen, Taylor Mead, Josephine Meckseper, Marilyn Minter, Momus, Matthew Monahan, JP Munro, Jesús "Bubu" Negrón, Kori Newkirk, Todd Norsten, Jim O&8217;Rourke, Otabenga Jones & Associates, Dan Graham, with Tony Oursler, and Rodney Graham, Laurent P. Berger and Japanther, Steven Parrino, Ed Paschke, Mathias Poledna, Robert A. Pruitt, Jennifer Reeves, Richard Serra, Gedi Sibony, Jennie Smith, Dash Snow, Michael Snow, Reena Spaulings, Rudolf Stingel, Angela Strassheim, Zoe Strauss, Studio Film Club, Sturtevant, Billy Sullivan, Spencer Sweeney, Ryan Trecartin, Chris Vasell, Francesco Vezzoli, Kelley Walker, Nari Ward, Christopher Williams, Jordan Wolfson, The Wrong Gallery, Aaron Young