If you could travel through time, which direction do you prefer, the past or the future? In the second triennial exhibition this past year, “The Ungovernables,” at the New Museum, the artists invent the time machine, inviting us to travel in a disoriented space where we could embrace the energy of a generation’s disobedience and urgencies or deliberate the unique experiences and memories of the generation. [click to continue….]
Visitors to the Whitney Biennial examine Sam Lewitt's "Fluid Employment." Photo by Andrew Hinderaker for The Wall Street Journal
There is a haunting melody that runs through the multiple works of sculpture, painting, installations and photography in the galleries of the Whitney Museum of American Art which marks it as distinctive.
Following with a special tour of “2012 Whitney Biennial” from members of the Whitney Teen Program, Youth Insights, we check out almost every work of the exhibit. There is an architectural piece in the first floor. Like an unfinished floor construction, it leaves empty space between rooms for the visitors shuttling back and forth. After experiencing and interacting with the artwork, we went upstairs to watch a clip of video projected on a gigantic screen about the communication between two smoking people. The overexposed and expanding image in the film created a sense or an experience of second hand smocking, and was dazzling to us. Then we walked to Nicole Eisenman’s installation, hanging various frames over a wall. It is called “Breakup” which possessed of remarkable clarity of vision and a striking spiritual, physical and sexual emotion.
The most intriguing piece is Sam Lewitt’s “Fluid Employment”. [click to continue….]