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Entry from October 02, 2005
Whitney Biennial
The "Whitney Biennial" is an arts festival that has been held by the Whitney Museum of American Art since 1933. It occurs every two years, with the next scheduled for 2006.

March 2, 2006-
May 28, 2006

Whitney Biennial 2006: Day for Night
Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10021 | 212-570-3676 Whitney Biennial 2006: Day for Night takes its title from the 1973 film by François Truffaut, whose original French name, La Nuit américaine, denotes the cinematic technique of shooting night scenes artificially during the day, using a special filter. This is the first Whitney Biennial to have a title attached to it.


NEW YORK, January 14, 2005 -- The 2006 Whitney Biennial, the nation's signature survey of contemporary American art, will be organized by Chrissie Iles, curator, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Philippe Vergne, senior curator of visual arts at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and recently been named director of the new François Pinault Foundation for Contemporary Art in Paris. Iles was one of the three curators of the 2004 Biennial; this will be Vergne's first experience as a Biennial curator.

Iles and Vergne will spend the rest of the year seeking out the most significant artists working today. The list of selected artists is announced toward the end of 2005. The seventy-third in the series of Annual and Biennial exhibitions inaugurated in 1932 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, the 2006 Biennial will be on view from March through May 2006.

In naming the curators, Adam D. Weinberg, the Whitney's Alice Pratt Brown Director, said, "Each Whitney Biennial is an historic event we anticipate greatly, and each is completely different from the past. Chrissie and Philippe are experienced, passionate, and deeply committed. Both are thoroughly familiar with the contemporary American scene, and their partnership will also bring a broad international perspective to the project as well as enormous insight, energy, and flair. It will be a provocative and powerful show of the best new work by emerging and established artists."


How do I find out more information about Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney and her family members?
Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (1875 — 1942) was an artist and the founder of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney: A Biography (1978), written by B.H. Friedman, presents an accurate account of her life. Rebels on Eighth Street: Juliana Force and the Whitney Museum of American Art (1990), by Avis Berman, and The Whitney Women and the Museum They Made: A Family Memoir (1999), by Flora Miller Biddle, are two other important books that document the life of the founder of the Whitney Museum and her family.

For more titles, search the Whitney Library's online catalog, "WhitneyCat", or you can visit your local public library. Gertrude's personal papers are held by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, DC.

Where was the original Whitney Museum of American Art located?
The original Museum, established in 1931, was located at 10 West 8th Street, New York. In 1954, the Museum relocated to 22 West 54th Street. The present location of the Whitney, 945 Madison Avenue, was designed by architect Marcel Breuer and completed in 1966.

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