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Cranbrook Alumna Karyn Olivier Featured in Whitney Biennial

March 18th, 2024

Karyn Olivier, How Many Ways Can You Disappear, 2021 (detail). Potwarp; lobster traps; buoys washed ashore on Matinicus Island, Maine; and rope reproduced in salt, 179 × 98 × 73 in. (454.7 × 248.9 × 185.4 cm). © Karyn Olivier. Courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York and Los Angeles. Photograph by Pierre Le Hors

Cranbrook Academy of Art alumna Karyn Olivier (MFA Ceramics 2001) is included in the 2024 Whitney Biennial which opens to the public this week.

Olivier is one of 71 artists and collectives invited to show their work in the 81st iteration of the Whitney Biennial survey of American art. The theme, Even Better Than the Real Thing, will explore “ideas of ‘the real’ to acknowledge that, today, society is at an inflection point, in part brought on by artificial intelligence challenging what we consider to be real, as well as critical discussions about identity,” according to the curators’ note.

You can listen to Olivier’s audio (or read the transcript) on the Whitney’s website where she describes her included work, “Stop Gap” and “HOW MANY WAYS CAN YOU DISAPPEAR.

The Whitney Biennial 2024 is on view to the public from March 20 through August 11, 2024. You can find Olivier’s work on Level 5.

Olivier is currently Professor of Sculpture at Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University.


Learn more:

Whitney Biennial 2024: Even Better than the Real Thing – Whitney Museum of Art

Ceramics Alum Karyn Olivier Opens Solo “How a Home is Made” at Tonya Bonakdar Gallery

Ceramics at Cranbrook Academy of Art