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For the 2014 Whitney Biennial, Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst present three collaborative projects. Ernst is a director and filmmaker; Drucker’s work as an artist spans photography, film, and performance. The photographs on view on the Museum's third floor, Relationship, are an intimate and diaristic record of their relationship as a transgender couple whose bodies are transitioning in opposite directions (for Drucker from male to female, and for Ernst from female to male). As both subjects and makers of these photographs, Drucker and Ernst engage various elements of self-fashioning, representing themselves in the midst of shifting subjectivities and identities—making images that are simultaneously unguarded and performative, an extension of their narrative filmmaking practice. Collectively, the photographs become a cinematic document of their romantic, creative negotiation and collaboration. In Drucker’s words, “Our bodies are a microcosm of the greater external world as it shifts to a more polymorphous spectrum of sexuality. We are all collectively morphing and transforming together, and this is just one story of an opposite-oriented transgender couple living in Los Angeles, the land of industrialized fantasy.”

The 2014 Biennial takes a bold new form as three curators from outside the Museum—Stuart Comer (Chief Curator of Media and Performance Art at MoMA), 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)—each oversee one floor, representing a range of geographic vantages and curatorial methodologies. 

This Biennial will be the last to take place in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s building at 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street before the Museum moves downtown to its new building in the spring of 2015. This is the 77th in the Museum’s ongoing series of Annuals and Biennials begun in 1932 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. Whitney curators Elisabeth Sussman and Jay Sanders, who organized the widely acclaimed 2012 Biennial, will advise on the exhibition.

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Installation View of Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst's Relationship (2008-2014) at the 2014 Whitney Biennial

Installation View of Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst's Relationship (2008-2014) at the 2014 Whitney Biennial

Installation View of Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst's Relationship (2008-2014) at the 2014 Whitney Biennial

Installation View of Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst's Relationship (2008-2014) at the 2014 Whitney Biennial

Installation View of Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst's Relationship (2008-2014) at the 2014 Whitney Biennial

Installation View of Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst's Relationship (2008-2014) at the 2014 Whitney Biennial

Installation View of Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst's Relationship (2008-2014) at the 2014 Whitney Biennial

Installation View of Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst's Relationship (2008-2014) at the 2014 Whitney Biennial

Installation View of Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst's Relationship (2008-2014) at the 2014 Whitney Biennial

Installation View of Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst's Relationship (2008-2014) at the 2014 Whitney Biennial

Installation View of Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst's Relationship (2008-2014) at the 2014 Whitney Biennial

Installation View of Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst's Relationship (2008-2014) at the 2014 Whitney Biennial

Installation View of Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst's Relationship (2008-2014) at the 2014 Whitney Biennial

Installation View of Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst's Relationship (2008-2014) at the 2014 Whitney Biennial

Installation View of Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst's Relationship (2008-2014) at the 2014 Whitney Biennial

Installation View of Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst's Relationship (2008-2014) at the 2014 Whitney Biennial

Installation View of Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst's Relationship (2008-2014) at the 2014 Whitney Biennial

Installation View of Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst's Relationship (2008-2014) at the 2014 Whitney Biennial

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