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DUMBO Hosts 2014 Whitney Houston Biennial

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The Whitney Houston Biennial is here to make your feminist art dreams come true! Featuring 100% female artists (as opposed to The Whitney Biennial’s paltry 32%), curator and artist Christine Finley has staged a one-night-only art event during Armory Arts Week to celebrate the amazing contributions of women artists currently working in New York City.

Finley will host seventy-five female artists from a varied range of geographic and cultural backgrounds, disciplines, methodologies, and generations. The exhibition space will be transformed into an inviting, living space, a salon filled with work from artists including Guerilla Girls, Swoon, Sienna Shields, NARCISSISTER and Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens. The aim of bringing together so many creative voices is to sing a collective song that celebrates the contributions of pioneer female artists and marks a moment in our communal trajectory.

Open for one night only, on Sunday March 9 from 4-8PM, the Whitney Houston Biennial comes to 20 Jay Street, Suite 207. To learn more, we reached out to curator Finley to talk about art, Whitney Houston, and DUMBO’s own A.I.R. Gallery.

Would you be able to tell us a little about the 2014 Whitney Houston Biennial?

Finley: The 2014 Whitney Houston Biennial: I’m Every Woman comes as a response to the awakening representation of women artists in major museums and galleries. To highlight female artists in New York this season, WHBwill host seventy-five female artists from a varied range of geographic and cultural backgrounds, disciplines, methodologies, and generations. The exhibition space will be transformed into an inviting, living space, a salon filled with work from artists including Guerilla Girls, Swoon, Sienna Shields, NARCISSISTER and Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens. The aim of bringing together so many creative voices is to sing a collective song that celebrates the contributions of pioneer female artists and marks a moment in our communal trajectory.

What inspired the project?

Finley: Whitney Houston’s amazingness, Antony Haggerty’s Future Feminism, Beyoncé Knowles song Girls Rule the World, and all of the awesome women I have been meeting in New York this season.

How did you pick the artists that will be shown?

Finley: It started with a list that was trying to blend known and unknown artists that I love. I sent out the original email and started meeting all kinds of amazing women. I went studio visiting and found the treasures of New York.

Why did you feel DUMBO would be the right place for the event? Are there any DUMBO artists represented?

Finley: Yes, the show takes place in the brilliant artist Sienna Shields’ studio.

A.I.R. Gallery is located in DUMBO. A.I.R. was the first for women, by women gallery in NYC, and was founded in 1972, partially in response to the 1970 protest of the poor female representation in the Whitney Biennial. Do you feel any kinship with A.I.R. and women’s cooperative galleries that came out of that time?

Finley: The 2014 Whitney Houston Biennial: I’m Every Woman comes as a response to the growing representation of women artists in major museums and galleries, to highlight female artists. I love A.I.R. and actually was in a group show there in the early 2000’s. They totally paved the way. I’m all about the amazing women of the present moment; this show is a new presentation for more than 75 rising art stars. Come see for yourself what a brilliant work of art looks like.

 

The Whitney Houston Biennial
20 Jay St, Suite 207
One-night-only, Sunday, March 9, 4-8PM

Full list of participants:
Swoon, Guerrilla Girls, Linda Montano, Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens, The Institute for Art and, Olfaction, Michelle Rogers, Howdoyousayyaminafrican?, Sara Magenheimer, Kathryn Garcia, Micol Hebron, Sienna Shields, Marissa Bluestone, Lia Halloran, Jean Robison, PoonehMaghazehe, Maghen Brown, Orrie King, Andrea Tese, Kristin Jai Klosterman, Angel Favorite, Megan Hays, Gaby Collins Fernandez, Liz Ainslie, DominikaKsel, Kathleen Vance, Kiran Chandra, Beatrice Anderson, Annie Ewaskio, Desiree Leary, Molly Larkey, Rachel Schragis, Eddy Segal, C. Finley, Haley Hughes, Ana Rodriguez, Daphne Fitzpatrick, Suzanne Wright, Saskia Wilson-Brown, Mitch McEwen, Maureen St. Vincent, Rachael Warner, Sophie Grant, Natalee Cayton, Sophie Grant, Seung Huh, Christa Bell, Dachi Cole & Candice Williams, Regine Schumann, Tracy Molis, Shanna Waddell, Maya Jeffereis, MiattaKawinzi, Heather Powell, Caitlin Cherry, April Friges, Patricia Dominguez, Seung-Min Lee, Margie Schnibbe, Jennifer Myers, Ashley Garrett, Jordan Rathus, Emily MK, NARCISSISTER, Elaine Hargrove, Elizabeth Bick, SUPERCONCHA, Emilie Lemakis , Simone Meltesen, Oskar Tarplee, Alyssa Dennis, Maureen Catbagan, SUPERCONCHA, Emilie LemakisSi, Simone Meltesen. Stella Haze, Silvia Prada, Bea Fremderman, Anna Rosen, Kelsey Shwetz