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The formation of self and the individuals place in a turbulent society are among the key themes reflected in the work of the artists selected for the 2017 Whitney Biennial . The exhibition includes sixty-three participants, ranging from emerging to well-established individuals and collectives working in painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, film and video, photography, activism, performance, music, and video game design.
The Whitney Biennial is the longest running survey of contemporary art in the United States, with a history of exhibiting the most promising and influential artists and provoking lively debate. The 2017 Biennial is the Museums seventy-eighth in a continuous series of Annual and Biennial exhibitions initiated by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in 1932. It is the first to be held in the Whitneys downtown home at 99 Gansevoort Street, and the largest ever in terms of gallery space.
The 2017 Whitney Biennial is co-curated by Christopher Y. Lew and Mia Locks.