It doesn’t hurt to visit the Whitney museum with beautiful views of NYC, expansive outdoor installations and a stroll along The High Line. Yet, the real gem is the Biennial exhibit.
I am loving this museum at the moment. I can’t remember when I’ve been to modern art museum and said to myself, I get it. I’m seeing the US from all sides. Yes, there were installations that were painstakingly made, but I had no idea the meaning. There were also political, racial and cultural messaging smacking you in the face. It’s jarring, because its real. Damn it was great to see African American art, artists and topics from Harlem renaissance to a simple cook out. The curators balanced it out, with images of an evangelical baptism in Kansas, industrial presence from Pittsburgh and an abstract of George Washington crossing the Delaware river. All of which deserved thought on where American stands as country in comparison to moments reflected off the walls.
Lastly, I must mention that I was completely engrossed with “Harmony of Difference” by Kamasi Washington. The short had a mesmerizing combination of jazz and human imagery.