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Whitney Biennial 2024: "Even Better Than the Real Thing"

Whitney Biennial 2024: "Even Better Than the Real Thing"

The Whitney Biennial 2024, titled "Even Better Than the Real Thing," opens its doors on March 20, 2024. This prestigious exhibition, showcasing some of the most innovative and provocative contemporary art, returns to the Whitney Museum of American Art for its eighty-first installment.

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Exhibition Highlights

Curated by Chrissie Iles and Meg Onli, the 2024 Biennial features an impressive lineup of 71 artists and collectives, each bringing a unique perspective to the event. The theme "Even Better Than the Real Thing" focuses on exploring our 'fractured moment' in society, particularly how artificial intelligence and critical discussions about identity are reshaping our understanding of reality.

The exhibition includes a diverse range of artists, such as Dionne Lee, who lives in Columbus, OH, and works with themes of identity and landscape. Torkwase Dyson, based in Beacon, NY, is known for her interdisciplinary work that combines painting, sculpture, and performance. The show also features the likes of Suzanne Jackson from Savannah, GA, whose work often explores the African American experience. From the digital realm, Holly Herndon and Mat Dryhurst based in Berlin, Germany, bring their innovative music and sound installations.

Cultural Significance

The Whitney Biennial has always been a focal point for discussions on contemporary art and society. The 2024 edition, with its diverse array of artists and media, promises to push the boundaries of how we perceive art and its relation to the real world, especially in this era of technological advancement and social change.

"Even Better Than the Real Thing" is set to be a landmark event in the art world, offering a platform for artists to express their views on our current societal landscape. As we approach the opening, art enthusiasts and critics alike eagerly anticipate a show that promises to challenge, inspire, and provoke thought.

The artist list follows below.

Eddie Rodolfo Aparicio (he/him)
Born 1990 in Los Angeles, CA
Lives in Los Angeles, CA

Dora Budor (she/her)
Born 1984 in Zagreb, Croatia
Lives in New York, NY

Seba Calfuqueo (she/her/they/them)
Born 1991 in Santiago, Chile
Lives in Ngulumapu, Wallmapu (Chile)

Demian DinéYazhi’ (they/them)
Born 1983 in Gallup, NM, (Diné Bikéyah [Navajo Nation])
Lives in Portland, OR, and elsewhere

Torkwase Dyson (she/her)
Born 1973 in Chicago, IL
Lives in Beacon, NY

JJJJJerome Ellis (any/all)
Born 1989 in Groton, CT
Lives in Norfolk, VA

Jes Fan (he/him/they/them)
Born 1990 in Scarborough, Canada
Lives in Brooklyn, NY, and Hong

Nikita Gale
Born 1983 in Anchorage, AK, Dënéndeh and Dena’ina Ełnena
Lives in Los Angeles, CA

ektor garcia
Born 1985 in Red Bluff, CA
Lives in Mexico City, Mexico, and elsewhere

Pippa Garner (she/her)
Born 1942 in Evanston, IL
Lives in Long Beach, CA

Harmony Hammond (she/her)
Born 1944 in Chicago, IL
Lives in Galisteo, NM

Sharon Hayes (she/her)
Born 1970 in Baltimore, MD
Lives in Philadelphia, PA

Holly Herndon and Mat Dryhurst
Holly Herndon (she/her)
Born 1980 in Johnson City, TN
Mat Dryhurst (he/him)
Born 1984 in Birmingham, UK
Lives in Berlin, Germany

Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich (she/her)
Born 1987 in New York, NY
Lives in New York, NY

Suzanne Jackson (she/her)
Born 1944 in St. Louis, MO
Lives in Savannah, GA

Isaac Julien
Born 1960 in London, UK
Lives in London, UK, and Santa Cruz, CA

Lotus L. Kang (she/her)
Born 1985 in Toronto, Canada
Lives in New York, NY

Mary Kelly (she/her)
Born 1941 in Fort Dodge, IA
Lives in New York, NY

Carolyn Lazard (they/them)
Born 1987 in San Bernardino, CA
Lives in New York, NY

Dionne Lee (she/her/they/them)
Born 1988 in New York, NY
Lives in Columbus, OH

Ligia Lewis (she/her)
Born 1983 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Lives in Berlin, Germany

Mary Lovelace O’Neal (she/her)
Born 1942 in Jackson, MS
Lives in Oakland, CA, and Merida, Mexico

Cannupa Hanska Luger (he/him)
Born 1979 in Fort Yates, ND (Standing Rock Reservation)
Lives in Glorieta, NM

K.R.M. Mooney (he/him)
Born 1990 in Seattle, WA
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

Dala Nasser
Born 1990 in Tyre, Lebanon
Lives in Beirut, Lebanon, and London, UK

Diane Severin Nguyen (she/her)
Born 1990 in Carson, CA
Lives in New York, NY

Karyn Olivier (she/her)
Born 1968 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Lives in Philadelphia, PA

B. Ingrid Olson
Born 1987 in Denver, CO
Lives in Chicago, IL

Eamon Ore-Giron (he/him)
Born 1973 in Tucson, AZ
Lives in Los Angeles, CA

People Who Stutter Create
Founded 2023
Jia Bin, Delicia Daniels, JJJJJerome Ellis, Conor Foran, Kristel Kubart

Julia Phillips (she/her)
Born 1985 in Hamburg, Germany
Lives in Chicago, IL

Mavis Pusey (she/her)
Born 1928 in Retreat, Jamaica
Died 2019 in Falmouth, VA

Maja Ruznic (she/her)
Born 1983 in Brčko, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Yugoslavia)
Lives in Placitas, NM

Ser Serpas (she/her)
Born 1995 in East Los Angeles, CA
Lives in New York, NY

Rose B. Simpson (she/her)
Born 1990 in Santa Fe, NM
Lives in Santa Clara Pueblo, NM

P. Staff (they/them)
Born 1987 in the UK
Lives in Los Angeles, CA

Clarissa Tossin (she/her)
Born 1973 in Porto Alegre, Brazil
Lives in Los Angeles, CA

Tourmaline (she/her)
Born 1983 in Boston, MA
Lives in New York, NY

Charisse Pearlina Weston (she/her)
Born 1988 in Houston, TX
Lives in New York, NY

Kiyan Williams (they/them)
Born 1991 in Newark, NJ
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

Carmen Winant (she/her)
Born 1983 in San Francisco, CA
Lives in Columbus, OH

Takako Yamaguchi (she/her)
Born 1952 in Okayama, Japan
Lives in Santa Monica, CA

Constantina Zavitsanos (any/all)
Born 1977 in Reading, PA
Lives in New York, NY
Film Program Artists:

Siku Allooloo (she/her)
Born 1986 in Yellowknife, Canada
Lives in Bowser, Canada

Seba Calfuqueo (she/her/they/them)
Born 1991 in Santiago, Chile
Lives in Ngulumapu, Wallmapu (Chile)

Christopher Harris (he/him)
Born 1962 in St. Louis, MO
Lives in Coralville, IA

Miranda Haymon
Born 1993 in Boston, MA
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

Ho Tzu Nyen (he/him)
Born 1976 in Singapore
Lives in Singapore

Yasmine Anlan Huang (she/her)
Born 1996 in Guangzhou, China
Lives in London, UK, and
New York, NY

Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich (she/her)
Born 1987 in New York, NY
Lives in New York, NY

Aron Kantor (he/him/they/them)
Born 1978 in San Francisco, CA
Lives in Los Angeles, CA

Kite (she/her)
Born 1990 in Sylmar, CA
Lives in Ancram, NY

Gbenga Komolafe and Tee Park
Gbenga Komolafe
(they/them/he/him/she/her)
Born 2000 in Port-Harcourt, Nigeria
Tee Park
(she/her)
Born 1999 in Seoul, South Korea
Lives in Los Angeles, CA

Jenni Laiti (she/her)
Born 1981 in Anár, Sápmi (Inari, Finland)
Lives in Jåhkämåhkke, Sápmi (Jokkmokk, Sweden)

Shuang Li (she/her)
Born 1990 in Wuyi Mountains, China
Lives in Berlin, Germany, and Geneva, Switzerland

Simon Liu (he/him)
Born 1987 in Hong Kong
Lives in Brooklyn,NY

Nyala Moon (she/her)
Born 1992 in New York, NY
Lives in the Brooklyn, NY

Niillasaš-Jovnna Máreha Juhani Sunná Máret – Sunna Nousuniemi (they/them)
Born 1993 in Anár, Sápmi
Lives in Anár, Sápmi

Edward Owens (he/him)
Born 1949 in Chicago, IL
Died 2010 in Chicago, IL

Sydney Frances Pascal (she/her)
Born 1993 in Nanaimo, Canada
Lives in Vancouver, Canada

Raqs Media Collective
Founded 1992 in Delhi, India
Jeebesh Bachi, Monica Marula, Shuddhabrata Sengupta

Riar Rizaldi (he/him)
Born 1990 in Bandung, Indonesia
Lives in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Penelope Spheeris (she/her)
Born 1945 in New Orleans, LA
Lives in Los Angeles, CA

Lada Suomenrinne (they/them)
Born 1995 in Murmansk, Russia
Lives in Espoo, Finland, and Njuorggán, Sápmi

Alisi Telengut (she/her)
Born 1989 in Inner Mongolia (Telengut and Mongolian nations)
Lives in Berlin, Germany, and Tiohtià:ke/Montreal, Canada

Chanelle Tyson (they/them)
Born 1989 in Greensboro, NC
Lives in Los Angeles, CA

Zulaa Urchuud (she/her)
Born 1991 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Lives in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Performance Program Artists:

Holland Andrews (they/them)
Born 1988 in Orange, CA
Lives in Brooklyn, NY

Debit (she/her)
Born 1986 in Monterrey, Mexico
Lives in New York, NY

JJJJJerome Ellis (any/all)
Born 1989 in Groton, CT
Lives in Norfolk, VA

Sarah Hennies (she/her)
Born 1979 in Louisville, KY
Lives in Red Hook, NY

Alex Tatarsky (they/them)
Born 1989 in New York, NY
Lives in New York, NY, and Philadelphia, PA