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Whitney's biennial heavy on perfomance

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 01:54

Feb. 28 - Whitney Museum of American Art's 2012 biennial exhibition of contemporary art is heavy on performance art such as dance, theater and music. Elly Park reports.

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This is what the current state of American contemporary art looks like. It's the 2012 biennial exhibition of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Comprised of works by 51 artists, this year's exhibit is a bit more experimental compared to years past. Jay Sanders is a curator for the biennial. SOUNDBITE: Jay Sanders, Curator of the Whitney Museum of American Art's 2012 Biennial Exhibition, saying (English) "There is a lot of dance and performance and theater and music, and forms that are sometimes less prevalent in biennials, and cinema. But we felt like all these artists really say something really important and kind of poignant right now." Between galleries filled with paintings and sculptures, artists have settled in for live performances - such as this space by choreographer Sarah Michelson that resembles a hair salon. Also for the occasion the entire fourth floor of the museum is transformed into a 6000 square foot dance floor. Performance artist Dawn Kasper even calls her section at the museum "her room." SOUNDBITE: Dawn Kasper, Performance Artist, saying (English) "Everything I own is in this room, and this is my studio. But there is also some of my living effects as a result. Most everything I have kept has been studio stuff, but then I have also brought my bed and my dresser some things like book shelves and things like that." After being hit by unemployment, Kasper needed a studio space that the museum was willing to provide. Now she lives here during its opening hours to create unusual encounters with her audience. Visitors can meet Kasper and other artists at the museum from March 1 until May 27. Elly Park, Reuters, New York.

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Whitney's biennial heavy on perfomance

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 01:54