2021 Wheaton Biennial
March 18—May 22, 2021

Francis Almendárez + Anthony Almendárez
Diana Alvarez
John Christian Anderson
Sholeh Asgary
Sophie Barbasch
Raul Barquet
Margot Becker
Katina Bitsicas
Janaye Brown
McLean Fahnestock
Sarah Friedland
Jessica Fuquay

Kara Güt
Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy
Wes Kline + Janelle Rebel
Harris Kornstein
Xinyi Mei
Jamie Robertson
Sam Sherman
John Slepian
Joseph Smolinski
Tamiko Thiel
Zainab Aliyu

2021 Wheaton Biennial_final_final_FINAL is an open-call exhibition focused on new media and juried by author and curator, Legacy Russell. Presented virtually here and on Mozilla Hubs, the exhibition includes 24 artists and one art collective, whose work challenges and celebrates new media across a variety of mediums. 

As with past Wheaton Biennials, the exhibition is focused on one medium. For final_final_FINAL, our definition of “new media” was boundary-pushing and inclusive, seeking a diverse range of experimental work. Many of the pieces in the exhibition were born digitally, created to exist in digital space, while other pieces were made with more traditional materials like paint, woven cotton, and paper. From opera to voice recordings, animation to fingerprints on a screen, much of the work in this show addresses connection or disconnection, and as we begin year two of the pandemic, we all feel a strange combination of both.

Legacy Russell is a curator and writer. Born and raised in New York City, she is the Associate Curator of Exhibitions at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Russell holds an MRes with Distinction in Art History from Goldsmiths, University of London with a focus in Visual Culture. Her academic, curatorial, and creative work focuses on gender, performance, digital selfdom, internet idolatry, and new media ritual. Russell’s written work, interviews, and essays have been published internationally. She is the recipient of the Thoma Foundation 2019 Arts Writing Award in Digital Art and a 2020 Rauschenberg Residency Fellow, and a 2021 Creative Capital Award grantee. Her first book Glitch Feminism: A Manifesto (2020) is published by Verso Books.

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