A Political Moment At The Whitney’s Biennial | State of the Art | TIME

Lew and his co-curator Mia Locks researched this year’s collection during the 2017 presidential election. As a result, the turbulence of the current political era is clearly reflected in the art represented in the exhibit.
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“We’re in a moment where funding for the arts is in danger, and it shows how urgent it is and how important art is to speak about society,” says Christopher Y. Lew, a co-curator for the 2017 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. The project is an exhibit displayed every two years that surveys the current state of American art.

In this video, Lew talks about how the artists he worked with expressed fear and anxiety about American politics. But they also displayed a sense of hope and a need to take action and he points to specific works that make a variety of political statements.

The Whitney Museum of Art’s 2017 Biennial opened to the public on Friday, March 17 and runs through June 11.

The first draft of history is often written by artists. This interview with Lew is part of TIME’s new series, State of the Art, which explores how artists of all kinds are addressing America’s political upheaval.

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