THE WHITNEY BIENNIAL
March 17–June 11, 2017 "The 2017 Whitney Biennial, the seventy-eighth installment of the longest-running survey of American art, arrives at a time rife with racial tensions, economic inequities, and polarizing politics. Throughout the exhibition, artists challenge us to consider how these realities affect our senses of self and community. The Biennial features sixty-three individuals and collectives whose work takes a wide variety of forms, from painting and installation to activism and video-game design."
We walked up the West Side to meet my cousin Lucy for brunch at The Smith Lincoln Center, which felt like true New York brunch. Then, Lucy showed us the Upper West Side. This included getting delicious chocolate cookies from Levain Bakery.
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the architecture was equally a draw as it's modern art collection. I found the interior of the Guggenheim as inspiring as I had hoped. The artwork proceeds chronologically from the top, and you walk in a long spiraling motion. It is equally interesting to observe the other museum-goers, and I felt a surge vertigo staring out into the atrium.
One question didn't have answered during our trip: What is the length of the ramp from the ground floor to the dome? 1,416 feet or over 1/4 mile.
DAY 3: let's get lost
We started out the day meeting Lucy at Zaro's for bagels in Grand Central Station. We biked and were nearly hit by the many buses on a street with no bike lane. (I did feel like I was doing something wrong, but after seeing other New Yorkers bike in the street despite the buses, that went away.) We saw the New York Public Library and Chrysler Building after docking the bikes and walking to Grand Central.
Grand Central Station awed me, another building from my modern architecture course. New York has the most wonderful early 20th century buildings, when architects were still deciding how skyscrapers and modern buildings should look. The terminal felt more like a ballroom than train station. We also spoke into the Whispering Wall, a domed passage way that carries your voice from one corner to another.