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Whitney Biennial - Sunday, 3/9/2014 9:27 PM

The Whitney Museum of American Art’s 2014 Biennial – the last at its current location – was unveiled Tuesday evening in front of a collection of VIP from Sotheby’s, BCBGMAXAZARIA, press, The Whitney, its artists and trustees. “It’s an incredibly exciting moment,” expressed Sotheby’s President and CEO, William F. Ruprecht, to those in attendance, “It’s the first year we have three curators all working independently... showcasing unbelievably fresh, exciting thinking.”

Since 1932, The Whitney Biennial has been the forefront exhibition of contemporary art in America; presenting many of the most important works from today’s artists. Now in its 77th turn, the Whitney again tackles the difficult task of deciding what is contemporary art in America today. For that, Adam D. Weinberg, Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art, tapped three curators from outside the Museum to define the answer – Stuart Comer, Anthony Elms and Michelle Grabner.

Each given the freedom of curating their own floor, together they designed an exhibition including 103 artists, several of which come from collectives or partnerships. “It’s a heterogenous group, including both younger and older figures,” explained Adam D Weinberg, “all producing work that is vital and relevant to the present moment.” And with that, the vault-like elevator doors swung open, ushering everyone in and up for the exclusive first viewing.

Among those invited to be among the first to see were Donna De Salvo, Brooke Neidich, Peter Brant, Mamie Tinkler, Philippe Vergne, Gary Hattem, Stephen Levin, Helyn Goldenberg, Liz Christensen, Howard and Cindy Rachofsky, Annmarie and Don Shapiro, Fern Tessler, and Fred Wilson. The evening later opened up for the invite-only viewing, bringing out such notables as Steve Martin, David Schwimmer, Lisa Edelstein, and Morgan Fisher.

The Biennial officially opens to the public Friday, March 7th and continues on through May 25th, with many different performances, talks, events and engagements scheduled throughout the run.