There’s nothing more quintessential than to be able to unite leading institutions such as The Whitney and Tiffany & Co. together under one objective. Both aiming to display original and captivating artists at the museum for the 2017 Whitney Biennial, an exhibit running up until June 2017. What makes this year more memorable and iconic is how its the first time for Tiffany & Co. to have a long term sponsorship with The Whitney, which will be continuing all through 2021. This Biennial wouldn’t have been possible without co-curators Christopher Y. Lew and Mia Locks, who told me that what made it easy to handpick artists was based on how they were able to sense and see passion behind their talent.
“It’s really their energy that makes us excited,” said Lew. “It just allows their work to be put out into the world and have an audience see it when its there.” In the meantime, Mia Locks mentions how being in Puerto Rico, where they spent time with the artists, allowed her to easily follow them and get to know them. “They are the best teachers,” she says.
Admittedly so did they acknowledge Wednesday, March the 15th, the night of the 2017 VIP preview the to be an ultimate iconic New York night.
Around 7:40pm art supporters such as; Tavi Givenson, Zoe Kravitz, St.Vincent and Julianne Moore arrived at the red carpet. It made me wonder what made St. Vincent think about an exemplary iconic New York night.
“It’s a night where you can find yourself in situations that never in a million years you imagine you would be in,” she says. “You meet someone randomly somewhere and you intersect, you have some sort of connection and it ends up being the wildest night of your life.”
Meanwhile, actress Alessandra Balazs tells me how, for her, an iconic New York night is ‘tonight’.
“It’s a night of history as Tiffany's has had a history, The Whitney has had history, and the fact that they are emerging together – that’s history,” says Balazs.
You can’t deny it though, all this is thanks to the artists themselves. To be able to see what sort of political or non-political message they want to say – or not say. To be able to celebrate whatever they have been working on for a long period of time is certainly something iconic in a New York night. Aran Kurian, one of the artists who exhibits this year agrees, “New York has helped me because the work that I make here is not the work that I make somewhere else. You live with the problem and with the speed.” Why he sees not just tonight, but New York be so iconic? Its acceptance.
Image courtesy of the BFA.