Whitney Names Curators of 2012 Biennial

Artists, ready your muffin baskets! The Whitney Museum of American Art has named the curators of the 2012 Whitney Biennial, its signature survey of contemporary American art. Following in the footsteps of 2010 curators Francesco Bonami and Gary Carrion-Murayari will be the Whitney’s Elisabeth Sussman and independent curator Jay Sanders. The Biennial will go on view in March of 2012.

“Over the past three decades, Elisabeth has distinguished herself as one of the premier curators in the field,” said Donna De Salvo, the Whitney’s chief curator and deputy director for programs, in a statement issued by the museum. “Her recent historical exhibitions have had tremendous impact on a younger generation of artists whom she has also been actively acquiring for our collection.” Sanders, a former gallery director at Greene Naftali and Marianne Boesky Gallery, brings deep experience in performance art, as well as film and video works. “Through his writings and exhibitions, Jay has demonstrated a highly innovative sensibility, championing the work of emerging artists and older figures who feel newly relevant in our time,” noted Salvo. The countdown is on for the release of the highly anticipated list of artists selected for the Biennial. Can Sussman and Sanders top Bonami and Carrion-Murayari’s charming video announcement? We’ll have to wait until late next year or early 2012 to find out.