A Gay Ol' Tour of the 2014 Whitney Biennial

3.14.2014

By John Hutt

From Gary Indiana to Bjarne Melgaard, our guy takes a stroll through the last exhibit to take place at the museum's Upper East Side location


Gary Indiana's ambitious work "Untitled (Stanley Park)" includes an LED circle displaying footage of Presido

Modelo Prison as well as gel prints of nude young men and philosophy text. Oh, it's also partly a video of jellyfish. 

"Stanley Park" is the artist's musings on the all-seeing eye of the state, and it juxtaposes Big Brother with intimate, taboo images.
For those confused by the inclusion of jellyfish, Indiana has helpfully included explanations as to what the hell a jellyfish has to do with anything. (It should be noted, if you need to explain it, it's not really obvious). He is missing the fact that, unlike the oppressive police state, they are delicious. 

Stanley Park-Presido Modelo was later used by Castro (who was once there himself) to hold dissidents, then it was almost blown up. It is now a museum and national monument, presumably a monument to man's inhumanity to man in the 20th century.  

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