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Adrienne Edwards Gears Up to Curate the Whitney Museum of American Art 2021 Biennial

January 2020

Spelman Alumna Adrienne Edwards The Whitney Museum of American Art recently announced its selection of a pair of curators to steward its biennial exhibition in 2021. Spelman alumna Adrienne Edwards, C'96, and David Breslin, the Whitney Museum's in-house curators, have been charged to create an exhibition that is reflective of the current social, political and cultural moment through art.

Founded in 1932, the Whitney Biennial is the longest-running survey of American art and "showcases a robust cross-section of contemporary art, including painting, sculpture, photography, installation, film and video, performance, Internet art and works that fit into no definable category," according to the Biennal Foundation website. 

About Adrienne Edwards

Edwards was named the Engell Speyer Family Curator and Curator of Performance at the Whitney Museum in 2018. Before that, she served for eight years as curator at Performa, a New York City arts organization dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance; she was also the curator-at-large for the Walker Art Center.

For Performa, Edwards realized new boundary-defying commissions, as well as pathfinding conferences and film programs with a wide range of over forty international artists. While at the Walker, she co-led the institution-wide Mellon Foundation Interdisciplinary Initiative, an effort to expand ways of commissioning, studying, collecting, documenting, and conserving cross-disciplinary works. 

Edwards’s curatorial projects have included the critically acclaimed exhibition and catalog "Blackness in Abstraction," hosted by Pace Gallery in 2016. She also organized Frieze’s Artist Award and Live program in New York in 2018.

A history major at Spelman, Edwards taught art history and visual studies at New York University and The New School, and she is a contributor to the National Gallery of Art’s Center for the Advanced Study in Visual Art’s forthcoming publication Black Modernisms.

Meet Edwards in Miami

Join Locust Projects and Oolite Arts for "Talks," a conversation with curator Adrienne Edwards on Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 7-9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested.

Little Haiti Cultural Complex
212 Northeast 59th Terrace
Miami, FL 33137

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