Whitney Biennial Reveals Artist List for 2022 Edition

January 26th, 2022

The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, has announced the artists who will be participating in the 2022 Whitney Biennial. Titled “Quiet as It’s Kept,” after a colloquialism inspired by novelist Toni Morrison, jazz drummer Max Roach, and artist David Hammons, all of whom have invoked it in their works, the event will feature the work of a diverse array of sixty-three artists and collectives in various stages of their careers. The Biennial will run from April 6 through September 5, with select programs continuing through October 23; it is being co-organized by Whitney curators David Breslin and Adrienne Edwards.

In a joint statement, the pair addressed the profound changes in the landscape since the last iteration of the Biennial took place in 2019, noting, “We began planning for this exhibition, originally slated to open in 2021, almost a year before the 2020 election, before the pandemic and shutdown with their reeling effects, before the uprisings demanding racial justice and before the questioning of institutions and their structures.” They went on to acknowledge that “while many of these underlying conditions are not new, their overlapping, intensity, and sheer ubiquity created a context in which past, present, and future folded into one another. We’ve organized the exhibition to reflect these precarious and improvised times. The Biennial primarily serves as a forum for artists, and the works that will be presented reflect their enigmas, the things that perplex them, the important questions they are asking.”

The 2022 Biennial will largely take place on the fifth and sixth floors of the Whitney; these spaces will be made to serve as counterpoints to each other, with one floor darkened and laid out like a labyrinth additionally containing what the press release calls a “space of reserve”; the other floor will be bright and open, recalling a clearing. Artists from Mexico, First Nations artists from Canada, and aritsts born outside of North America will investigate the dynamics of borders and explore what is meant by and contained within the term “American.”

“Rather than proposing a unified theme, we pursue a series of hunches throughout the exhibition: that abstraction demonstrates a tremendous capacity to create, share, and, sometimes withhold, meaning; that research-driven conceptual art can combine the lushness of ideas and materiality; that personal narratives sifted through political, literary, and pop cultures can address larger social frameworks; that artworks can complicate what ‘American’ means by addressing the country’s physical and psychological boundaries; and that our ‘now’ can be reimagined by engaging with under-recognized artistic models and artists we’ve lost,” explained the curators.

A complete list of artists is below.

Lisa AlvaradoBorn 1982 in San AntonioLives in Chicago

Harold AncartBorn 1980 in BrusselsLives in New York

Mónica ArreolaBorn 1976 in Tijuana, MexicoLives in Tijuana, Mexico

Emily BarkerBorn 1992 in San DiegoLives in Los Angeles

Yto BarradaBorn 1971 in ParisLives in Brooklyn, NY, and Tangier, Morocco

Rebecca BelmoreBorn 1960 in Upsala, CanadaLives in Vancouver, Canada Anishinaabe

Jonathan BergerBorn 1980 in New YorkLives in New York and Glover, VT

Nayland BlakeBorn 1960 in New YorkLives in Brooklyn and Queens, NY

Cassandra PressFounded 2016 by Kandis Williams

Theresa Hak Kyung ChaBorn 1951 in Busan, South KoreaDied 1982 in New York

Raven ChaconBorn 1977 in Fort Defiance, Navajo NationLives in Albuquerque, NMDiné

Leidy ChurchmanBorn 1979 in Villanova, PALives in New York and West Tremont, ME

Tony CokesBorn 1956 in Richmond, VALives in Providence, RI

Jacky ConnollyBorn 1990 in New YorkLives in Brooklyn, NY

Matt ConnorsBorn 1973 in ChicagoLives in New York and Los Angeles

Alex Da CorteBorn 1980 in Camden, NJLives in Philadelphia

Aria DeanBorn 1993 in Los AngelesLives in New York

Danielle DeanBorn 1982 in Huntsville, ALLives in Los Angeles and San Diego

Jane DicksonBorn 1952 in ChicagoLives in New York

Buck EllisonBorn 1987 in San FranciscoLives in Los Angeles

Alia FaridBorn 1985 in Kuwait CityLives in San Juan, PR, and Kuwait City

Coco FuscoBorn 1960 in New YorkLives in Brooklyn, NY

Ellen GallagherBorn 1965 in Providence, RILives in Rotterdam and Brooklyn, NY

A Gathering of the Tribes /Steve CannonFounded 1991Steve Cannon: Born 1935 in New OrleansDied 2019 in New York

Cy GavinBorn 1985 in PittsburghLives in New York State

Adam GordonBorn 1986 in MinneapolisLives in Jersey City, NJ

Renée GreenBorn 1959 in ClevelandLives in Somerville, MA, and New York

Pao Houa HerBorn 1982 in LaosLives in Blaine, MN

EJ HillBorn 1985 in Los AngelesLives in Los Angeles

Alfredo JaarBorn 1956 in Santiago, ChileLives in New York

Rindon Johnson Born 1990 in San FranciscoLives in Berlin

Ivy Kwan Arce and Julie TolentinoIvy Kwan Arce: Born 1965 in Salinas, CALives in New YorkJulie Tolentino: Born 1964 in San FranciscoLives in Joshua Tree, CA

Ralph LemonBorn 1952 in CincinnatiLives in Brooklyn, NY

Duane LinklaterBorn 1976 in Treaty 9 Territory (Northern Ontario, Canada)Lives in North Bay, Canada (Robinson Huron Treaty Territory)Omaskêko Ininiwak

James LittleBorn 1952 in MemphisLives in New York

Rick LoweBorn 1961 in rural AlabamaLives in Houston

Daniel Joseph MartinezBorn 1957 in Los AngelesLives in Los Angeles and Paris

Dave McKenzieBorn 1977 in Kingston, JamaicaLives in Brooklyn, NY

Rodney McMillianBorn 1969 in Columbia, SCLives in Los Angeles

Na MiraBorn 1982 in Lawrence, KS, on Kickapoo, Osage, Kansa, and Sioux landsLives in Los Angeles on Tongva, Gabrielino, Kizh, and Chumash lands

Alejandro “Luperca” MoralesBorn 1990 in Ciudad Juárez, MexicoLives in Monterrey, Mexico

Moved by the MotionFounded 2016 by Wu Tsang and Tosh Basco

Terence NanceBorn 1982 in DallasLives in America

Woody De OthelloBorn 1991 in MiamiLives in Oakland, CA

Adam PendletonBorn 1984 in Richmond, VALives in New York

N.H. PritchardBorn 1939 in New YorkDied 1996 in eastern Pennsylvania

Lucy RavenBorn 1977 in Tucson, AZLives in New York

Charles RayBorn 1953 in ChicagoLives in Los Angeles

Jason RhoadesBorn 1965 in Newcastle, CADied 2006 in Los Angeles

Andrew RobertsBorn 1995 in Tijuana, MexicoLives in Mexico City and Tijuana, Mexico

Guadalupe RosalesBorn 1980 in Redwood City, CALives in Los Angeles

Veronica RyanBorn 1956 in Plymouth, MontserratLives in London and New York

Rose Salane Born 1992 in New YorkLives in Queens, NY

Michael E. SmithBorn 1977 in DetroitLives in Providence, RI

Sable Elyse Smith Born 1986 in Los AngelesLives in New York

Awilda Sterling-Duprey Born 1947 in San Juan, PRLives in San Juan, PR

Rayyane TabetBorn 1983 in BeirutLives in Beirut and San Francisco

Denyse ThomasosBorn 1964 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago Died 2012 in New York

Trinh T. Minh-haBorn in Hanoi, Vietnam, Lives in Berkeley, CA

Wang ShuiBorn 1986 in USALives in New York

Eric WesleyBorn 1973 in Los AngelesLives in Los Angeles

Dyani White HawkBorn 1976 in Madison, WILives in Minneapolis

Kandis WilliamsBorn 1985 in BaltimoreLives in Los Angeles and Brooklyn, NY