Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art
Protests at the Whitney are starting to feel like a permanent installation, which may explain why Weinberg’s museum is getting better at handling them. When ACT UP New York picketed David Wojnarowicz’s ‘big, rich retrospective’ (as TheNew York Times lauded it) for historicising the artist and AIDS activist, thus ignoring the continued impact of the disease, the museum amended the wall texts and invited protesters back in to assist in presenting the additional interpretation. Art by fellow AIDS activists Gran Fury was among the 417 works acquired by the Whitney in the past year, a haul soon to be swelled by the Roy Lichtenstein estate’s promise of 400 more. Art by American greats travelled to Rome for the Whitney-curated exhibition Pollock and the New York School at the Complesso del Vittoriano, while New York was treated to a retrospective of work by Zoe Leonard and, with the presentation of fashion designers Eckhaus Latta, the museum’s first fashion focus since a Warhol show in 1997.