Two Steinhardt Art Professors Selected for 2017 Whitney Biennial

Lyle Ashton Harris and Tommy Hartung, faculty of the Department of Art and Art Professions in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at NYU, have been chosen for the 2017 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The Whitney Biennial is the country’s preeminent survey of the current state of American art.

Tommy Hartung: Lesser Key of Solomon, 2016, 4K video, 8min, courtesy of the artist and On Stellar Rays Gallery

Curated by the Whitney’s Christopher Y. Lew and independent curator Mia Lock, the Biennial will include 63 participants, including emerging and well-established individuals and collectives working in painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, film and video, photography, performance, music, and video game design. According to the Whitney, the “formation of self and the individual’s place in a turbulent society are among the key themes reflected in the work of the artists selected.”

Lyle Ashton Harris, associate professor of art and art education at NYU Steinhardt, works in photography, video, installation, collage, and performance. His work has been exhibited in New York and around the world, including at the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum, and the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. In 2016, Harris was named a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellow for his ongoing project around The Ektachrome Archive. Harris’ work explores intersections between the personal and the political, examining the impact of ethnicity, gender, and desire on the contemporary social and cultural dynamic. Known for his self-portraits and portraits, Harris’ new multimedia instillation will be included in the Biennial.

Lyle Ashton Harris: Lyle, London, 1992, 2015, image courtesy of the artist

Tommy Hartung, a studio art adjunct faculty, is a video artist, animator, and sculptor. His work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions across the country and internationally, and is in the collection of the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and others. His eight-minute 4K video, Lesser Key of Solomon (2016), will be shown in the Whitney Biennial.

The 2017 Whitney Biennial will open on March 17, running through June 11, and will be the first to take place in the museum’s new critically acclaimed building in the Meatpacking District.