Artists and gallerists, here’s the trio you want to make sure is at the top of your holiday card mailing list: (pictured, from left) Stuart Comer, Anthony Elms, and Michelle Grabner, the freshly crowned curators of the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Opening in early March of next year, it will be the seventy-seventh in the Whitney Museum’s ongoing series of Annual and Biennial exhibitions and the last to fill its Marcel Breuer building. The Metropolitan Museum of Art will take over the building in 2015 when the Whitney moves into its new downtown digs designed by Renzo Piano.
The Whitney is looking to leave its Brutalist beacon on a high note, with a new curatorial structure that places the Biennial in the hands of three curators from outside the museum. “By flinging open the museum’s doors metaphorically, we hope to create a platform in which voices from outside the Whitney can enliven the conversation around contemporary art in the United States,” said Donna De Salvo, the Whitney’s chief curator and deputy director for programs, in a statement issued by the museum late yesterday. “Hailing from Chicago, Philadelphia, and London, each curator will bring a personal approach to the process, creating an exciting mix of emerging and established artists that is the Biennial’s hallmark.”
Comer is film curator at Tate Modern, where he co-curated the opening season of The Tanks. Elms is associate curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, and is also the editor of the independent publisher WhiteWalls. Grabner is professor and chair of painting and drawing at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago, as well as a senior critic at Yale in the department of painting and printmaking. She and husband Brad Killam founded alternative exhibition spaces The Suburban and the Poor Farm. The countdown is on for the release of their highly anticipated list of artists selected for the Biennial. It is expected to be released late next year.