On View

‘Rituals of Rented Island: Object Theater, Loft Performance, and the New Psychodrama—Manhattan, 1970–1980′ at the Whitney Museum

Jack Smith, 'Irrational Landlordism of Bagdad (a.k.a. Material Landlordism of Bagdad, a.k.a. The Secret of the Brassiere Factory),' Cologne Art Fair, Germany, October 26–31, 1977. (© Jack Smith Archive, courtesy Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels)

It has become a common lament. New York is too expensive to support new art. Young artists, priced out, opt for Berlin or Mexico City or Los Angeles. “The resources that keep the city vibrant are being eliminated,” David Byrne wrote recently. He settled in New York in the 1970s, the decade that is the subject of this exhibition, which overflows with work by about two dozen artists who populated derelict industrial spaces in lower Manhattan then and created performances that combined dance, music, theater, visual art, vaudeville and sundry other genres. Read More

On View

‘Trisha Baga: Plymouth Rock 2′ at the Whitney Museum of American Art

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Installation view of Trisha Baga's Plymouth Rock (2012) in 'Rock' at Vilma Gold in London, 2012

After a year in which New York museums focused largely on grand historical shows and star-studded blockbusters, the Whitney offers up a welcome outlier: a modestly scaled show of a promising young talent. From Trisha Baga, a New York-based artist who is 27, comes Plymouth Rock 2 (2012), a 30-minute video and mixed-media installation that is one of the most vitally new-feeling artworks on view in the city right now. Read More


Emergency Cheesecake: Sanders, Guyton Plan Evening With Performances, Pickle

Peanut-butter cheesecake at a Cheesecake Factory restaurant in Chicago. (Getty Image)

It’s a time of transition at the Whitney! Today the museum announced the three curators who will organize its 2014 biennial, and tomorrow evening, Jay Sanders, who co-curated the 2012 show and was named a full-time curator of performance this summer, will present his first event in that role. (He’s also responsible, along with curator Chrissie Iles, for the just-opened exhibition “Dark and Deadpan: Pop in TV and the Movies.”) Read More