Really big biennial
The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City announced that its upcoming 2000 Biennial Exhibition will be the biggest ever -- 97 participants. If the show has been controversial in the past (controversy not over subject matter, but selection), it should be even more so this outing, as the museum explores alternate ways to harness the burgeoning variety of contemporary art. For the first time in 25 years the biennial introduces a wholly new medium: the Internet. Eight artists' Internet work will be shown on a large-screen projection and also be available off-site and on-site via computer. Subtract another 27 who will be presenting what the museum labels "cinematic screenings," and that leaves 62 artists working in installation (20 artists), various forms of sculpture, painting (a medium often shunned by biennial curators), photography of all sorts, and video projection not intended for theater. Among the team of six curators who selected the show is Michael G. Auping, the former Albright-Knox Art Gallery chief curator and now chief curator at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The exhibition opens on March 23 and continues on view through June 4.
Biennial, Buffalo style
By comparison with the Whitney monster, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's biennial, "In Western New York," will seem an intimate and cozy affair. The exhibition, opening on Jan. 22 and running through March 5, will feature the work of 10 area artists. It should be interesting. This is the first time that gallery Curator Douglas Dreishpoon and Assistant Curator Claire Schneider -- both new to the gallery and Western New York -- will assemble a show of the work of regional artists. The artists selected are: James Allen, Terry Beebe, Xiaowen Chen, Tony Conrad, Katherine Hannigan, Robert Hirsch, Joshua Marks, Sharon McConnell, David Schirm and Kurt von Voetsch.
-- Richard Huntington