Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art
In August, the Whitney Museum of American Art, where Weinberg has been director since 2003, staged An Incomplete History of Protest. Yet it was the Whitney Biennial, that will be most remembered as the site of discontent. The show attracted ire for including painter Dana Schutz’s semiabstract depiction of Emmett Till, an African-American boy who was lynched in 1955. Facing a picket about the suitability of the subject for a white artist, Weinberg stood by Schutz. The museum’s PR team will have another battle on their hands come the November opening of a show by Jimmie Durham, an artist whose self-identification as Native American has also been controversial this year. It’s a shame that to date the media furore has almost drowned out the Whitney’s stellar programme – including the first survey of Hélio Oiticica’s work in the US in two decades, the first major museum show for Bunny Rogers and the announcement of a largescale public art project by David Hammons.