2 UArts Alumni Featured in 2014 Whitney Biennial

Work by Dave McKenzie BFA '00 (Printmaking) and Dan Walsh BFA '83 (Painting) on display at prestigious art survey March 7 – May 25

Performance art by Dave McKenzie BFA '00 (Printmaking).

March 5, 2014

The 2014 Whitney Biennial has long been considered the pace-setter for contemporary American art, and as it gets underway in New York City, two University of the Arts alumni are among the artists whose work is featured in the prestigious exhibition.

Dave McKenzie BFA '00 (Printmaking), who explores themes such as pop culture and socialization, will present two video installations. Dan Walsh BFA '83 (Painting), who is known for intricate acrylic paintings that look like textile prints, will be exhibiting several works in the Biennial.

This year's Biennial, taking place March 7 through May 25, 2014, will be the last to be held in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s building at 945 Madison Avenue in New York City before the Museum moves downtown to its new building in the spring of 2015.

"Facility" by Dan Walsh BFA ’83 (Painting).

McKenzie was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and lives and works in New York. In 2005, he was awarded the $25,000 William H. Johnson Prize for outstanding achievement by an African-American artist and he received the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award in 2006. His work has been shown in solo exhibits at the 40,000 Gallery (Chicago), Susanne Vielmetter Gallery (Los Angeles) and Savage Art Resources (Portland, Ore.). His work is currently on display in "Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art," the first comprehensive survey of more than five decades of performance art by black visual artists. The show is presented in two parts at New York University's Grey Art Gallery through December 7, 2013, and the Studio Museum in Harlem through March 9, 2014.

With nearly 30 solo exhibitions, Walsh's work has been shown internationally at galleries and museums including PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporaine in Geneva, the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the Royal Academy in London. He is known for paintings that exude a quirky brand of minimalism, employing linear geometry while at the same time subverting it with irregularly drawn shapes, inconstant lines and a pervasive wit.

The 2014 Whitney Biennial is curated by Stuart Comer, chief curator of Media and Performance Art at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Anthony Elms, associate curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; and Michelle Grabner, artist and professor in the Painting and Drawing department at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago. Whitney curators Elisabeth Sussman and Jay Sanders, who organized the widely acclaimed 2012 Biennial, will advise on the exhibition.

This is the 77th in the Whitney Museum's ongoing series of Annuals and Biennials begun in 1932 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney.

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