Art & Design

The Whitney Houston Biennial is This Year’s Feminist Alternative

Art & Design

The Whitney Houston Biennial is This Year’s Feminist Alternative

'SYMBOLLIC OBSESSION,' Lauryn Siegel, 2016
'Tears,' Cat Del Buono, 2015
'Mainsplain The Pain Away,' Maria Stabio, 2016
'I Considered Her My Blood And It Didn't Come No Thicker,' Nichole Washington, 2016
'Women's March On Washington 2017,' Beka Venezia, 2017
'Groom Hunter,' Qinza Najm, 2015
'Exercise My Demons,' Sessa Englund, 2016
'8 Shuttles,' Suzanne Wright, 2016
'Vessels: Bottles,' Megan Hayes, 2015-2016
'Still Life,' Nasrah Omar, 2016
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By now, everyone knows the art world isn’t the easiest place to be a woman. Every year, seminal female artists are left out of museum retrospectives and gallery exhibitions in lieu of their over-shown and overpaid male counterparts. Though it has gotten better, it’s still not enough. That’s why artist and curator, Christine Finley, has put together her own all-female version of The Whitney Biennial. A survey of female artists in every medium from across the globe, The Whitney Houston Biennial is Finley’s answer to The Whitney’s yearly exhibition that showcases the world’s most promising young artists. The problem is, countless women are always left out. Not this year.



Featuring a range of events from poetry evenings with Gala Mukomolova and Liz Dosta, to a dance performance by Natalie Lamonte, The Whitney Houston Biennial brings together female voices to counter the art world’s lack of representation, as well as written tributes to the women that have shaped and inspired each exhibiting artist. On view until March 29, the exhibition highlights emerging artists and celebrates the undeniable impact women have had on modern art through. I mean, if Whitney Houston herself, isn’t proof enough, then I don’t know what to tell you. Rest In Peace, Queen.

The Whitney Houston Biennial is on view now, until March 29, at 325 West Broadway in NYC.

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