Starting close to home

The 2006 Whitney Biennial opened with a special preview on Tuesday night. It will be on view to the public starting today and running through May 28.

This is the 73rd in the Whitney’s ongoing surveys of contemporary American art, which began in 1932, shortly after the museum was founded. The 2006 Biennial features more than 250 works by 101 artists or artist entities, and includes painting, sculpture, installations, photography, performance, drawing, film, video, and works in other media. Hundreds of other artists are part of the show through their inclusion in the Wrong Gallery’s Down by Law exhibition, on view in the Gilman Gallery on the mezzanine through May 21; in Mark di Suvero and Rirkrit Tiravanija’s re-creation of the Peace Tower in front of the museum; and in various film programs in which artists are screening works that are important to them.
The scene at the 2006 Whitney Biennial
Curators for the Biennial are Chrissie Iles, the Whitney’s Anne and Joe Ehrenkranz Curator, Philippe Vergne, Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

The show closes one floor at a time, as follows: Fifth Floor (Wrong Gallery installation in Gilman Gallery on the Mezzanine): May 21; Fourth Floor: May 28; Third Floor: June 4; Second Floor: June 11; First Floor: TBD.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students with valid ID. Tickets may be purchased in the Whitney’s Lobby. Admission is free for children under 12.
Hours: Open Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, 11 AM-6 PM and Friday, 1-9 PM. The museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Friday evenings from 6 to 9 pm are pay-what-you-wish.

Public Info: General information is available by calling 1-800-WHITNEY or visiting

The lead sponsor of the 2006 Biennial Exhibition is Altria. Major support is provided by Deutsche Bank. Significant funding for the 2006 Biennial has been provided by an endowment created by Melva Bucksbaum, Emily Fisher Landau, and Leonard A. Lauder. Support for the 2006 Biennial opening events has been provided by Sotheby’s.
Adam Weinberg and Philippe Vergne
Chuck Close
Curator David Kiehl and Brooke Neidich
Susan Hess, Fran Drescher, and Donna Dixon Aykroyd
Marie-Josée Kravis and Evelyn Lauder
Jon Currin and Rachel Feinstein

Chloe Sevigny and friend

Lisa Anastos and Jan Rothchild
Holly Dunlap
Meredith Melling Burke
A sneak peak
More from the Biennial
Biennial babes
Justine Wheeler and Jeff Koons

Love is in the air, goes the John Paul Young lyric goes and it that is what it was like at Doubles on Valentine’s Day. The fun started at about four in the afternoon with a Little People’s Dance. Wendy Carduner had festooned with cupids, and hearts and banners and swathes of red, pink and white balloons for the holiday and the littles ones were so enthralled with it,  they were in love with everyone: moms, dads, aunts, friends.  

Funny Valentines

There was disco music, “Miss Wendy’s Dance Class,” limbo rock, Daisy and Mario Doodle painting faces and making balloon headdresses, games, lovable stuffed animals, Chicken McDoubles and heart shaped cookies.

Among the 200 guests were Cynthia and Dan Lufkin with their adorable daughter Aster Lee Moulton Lufkin, making her first public appearance on the occasion of her fourth-month birthday along with her eight-year-old sister Skyler Hazard; Lily, Charlie, and Eva Dillon; Tatiana, and Isabella Mandis with their mom Alexandra, who is co-chairing this year’s Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Caner Center’s Bunny Hop at FAO Schwarz on March 7th; Alexandra and Laura Slatkin; Alison Mazzola and her niece Christina Flynn; Jim, Luke, Jamie and Lauren Thierry Watkins; Harris and Blair Husain; Clo Cohen with her sister CarolineToms and nieces Catherine,Clementine and Cosima; Alexander and Pamela Gross Finkelstein; Lally and Charles Dubow; Hercules, Peter and Marie-Regina Sotos; Alexandra and Lara Glazier, who is ready for another little Glazier next month;  Naomi and Wendy Cebula; Camille, Alan and Barbara Glatt; Audrey and Antonio Maciele; Tami, Jack and CameronCargiulo; Jennifer and Nicholas Monaco; Edwina and Kate Annicelli and Susan Krysiewicz, Aubrienne and Thomas Bell.

Later in the evening, there was a party for 200 more seasoned Valentines, in the glow of hundreds of candles. They danced the night away to sentimental melodies by the masters of romance from Frank Sinatra’s My Funny Valentine to Barry White’s Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe.

Charles and Lallie Dubow
Christina Flynn and Allison Mazzola

L. to r.: Lauren and Luke Watkins; Audrey and Antonio Maciele and Tami with Jack and Cameron Cargiulo.

Jim Watkins and Wendy Carduner
Cosima Toms, Clo Cohen, and Catherine Toms
Camille, Alan, and Barbara Glatt
Alexander and Pamela Gross Finkelstein

Jennifer and Nicholas Monaco

Jim and Jamie Watkins

Alexandra and Laura Slatkin

Blair and Harris Hussain

The Lufkins: Cynthia, Aster, Dan, and Schuyler

Lily, Charlie, and Eva Dillon

Peter and Hercules Sotos

Caroline Toms and Clo Cohen with Clementine, Catherine, and Cosima Toms

Tatiana, Alexandra, and Isabella Mandis

Susan Krysiewicz and Aubrienne Bell with a friend

Facial Picasso

Double Duty
Tami Cargiulo with Jack and Cameron and Audrey Maciele with Antonio
Alexandra and Isabella Mandis

Photographs by Star Black (Biennial); Cutty McGill (Doubles).


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