Every two years the Whitney Museum on the Upper East Side displays a collection of what they consider the best in the world of contemporary art, called the Biennial. Described by some as the “Oscars of the art world,” this year the 75th edition is titled, quite simply, “2010.”

We think the coolest part about the Biennial is how the museum will be open day AND night for three days straight. Talk about a kick-ass 75th birthday party.


Beginning on May 26th at midnight all the way through May 28th at 11:59 pm, the Whitney Biennial will be open to the public. The idea of keeping the Whitney open is courtesy of artist Michael Asher, who originally proposed the museum be open continuously day and night for a week.


There are free daily tours of the Biennial daily with museum admission as well as performances on certain days.

For a full schedule of Biennial 2010 events, visit http://whitney.org/

General admission for the Whitney: $18
19-25, 62 and over and full-time students: $12
Members and those aged 18 and under: free
On Fridays admission is pay-what-you-wish (Katharine's note: May 28, last night of the special event, is a Friday. I recommend everyone go at 3 am after you're done with your parties and appearances for the night...)

The Whitney's Biennial 2010 is open until May 30th and is something not to be missed.

I admit I've been dying to visit more museums, and with the Biennial I now have the perfect reason to head out and while I'm there, I'll have all the time I need.

--Samantha Chin, NYCRD contributor


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