2019 art events
An alphabetical listing of Annual, Biennials & Triennial Events largely focused on contemporary work taking place in the United States.
Biennial of the Americas
The Biennial of the Americas is an international event that celebrates the culture, ideas, and people of the Americas by providing a global stage for leaders in business, government, nongovernmental organizations, philanthropy, and the arts to come together and examine the critical issues impacting life in the Americas
Multiple Venues in Denver, CO
2021 Festival: September 20-26, 2021
Carnegie International 57th edition (online archive)
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Oct 13, 2018 – March 25, 2019
Next iteration: 2022 / details TBA
Chicago Architecture Biennial
The Chicago Architectural Biennial, Inc. is dedicated to creating an international forum on architecture and urbanism through the production of exhibitions and public programs. Chicago Architectural Biennial, Inc. seeks to convene the world’s leading practitioners, theorists and commentators in the field of architecture and urbanism to explore, debate and demonstrate the significance of architecture to contemporary society.
Third Edition: “…And other such stories”
Sept 19, 2019 – Jan 5, 2020
Dallas Medianale 2019 (online archive)
The MAC, Dallas, Texas
May 18 – July 14, 2019
deCordova New England Biennial
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
April 5 – Sept 15, 2019
Currents New Media (New Mexico)
Organized by Parallel Studios, Currents brings together the work of established and emerging New Media artists, from New Mexico, the US and the World, for events showcasing interactive and non-interactive installations, multimedia performances, VR and AR environments, single channel video, animation, experimental documentary, web based/app art forms, robotics and 3D printing.
June 7 – 23, 2019
Desert X: DX20
Biennial exhibition featuring temporary site-specific installations throughout the Southern California Desert Desert X 2021
Multiple Venues in the Coachella Valley
February 6 – April 11, 2021
FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art
RONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, is pleased to announce that its second edition will be titled Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows, in a presentation of contemporary art across three cities in Northeast Ohio. The exhibition will be developed in collaboration with a multidisciplinary Artistic Team based in Cleveland, the Great Lakes, and abroad.Second Edition scheduled for: July 17 – Oct 2, 2021.
Honolulu Biennial 2021
Lead by Curatorial Director, Dr. Melissa Chiu, HT22 is an international, multi-site contemporary art exhibition connecting artists from across our islands and waterways with the nations and territories united by the blue continent, the Pacific Ocean.
Exact dates TBD
Organized every three years by the Boise Art Museum, The Idaho Triennial is a juried exhibition bringing together exemplary works of art created by a broad selection of Idaho artists. For more than 80 years, BAM has celebrated the creativity of artists living and working in Idaho, and the Museum’s series of biennial and triennial exhibitions has become a respected and treasured tradition.
The juror for The 2020 Idaho Triennial is Grace Kook-Anderson, the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Northwest Art at the Portland Art Museum. On view: March 8 – July 19, 2020.
IDEAS CITY Festival
IdeasCity is a collaborative, civic, and creative platform that starts from the premise that art and culture are essential to the future vitality of cities. Founded in New York, with manifestations taking place across the globe.
Made in L.A. (Los Angeles)
Made in L.A. 2020: a version
The fifth iteration of the Hammer’s acclaimed biennial bridges east and west with complementary presentations at the Hammer Museum and The Huntington. Made in L.A. 2020 is organized by independent curators Myriam Ben Salah and Lauren Mackler, with the Hammer’s Ikechukwu Onyewuenyi, assistant curator of performance.
July 19, 2020 – January 3, 2021
New Museum Triennial (New York)
Fifth edition of the New Museum Triennial is schedule for 2021.
Performa, a non-profit multidisciplinary arts organization established by RoseLee Goldberg in 2004, is dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of twentieth century art and to encouraging new directions in performance for the twenty-first century.
Prospect New Orleans
In the tradition of the great international exhibitions, Prospect New Orleans invites leading contemporary artists from around the globe to exhibit at venues that include major cultural institutions, as well as non-arts venues, and public spaces.
Upcoming in 2021: Prospect.5: Yesterday we said tomorrow
October 24, 2020 – January 24, 2021
Whitney Biennial (United States)
The Whitney Biennial showcases a robust cross-section of contemporary art, including painting, sculpture, photography, installation, film and video, performance, Internet art and works that fit into no definable category. By adopting a loose definition of American artists, which means artists whom live and work in the territory, the biennial has an international profile though it is a national survey show of the country.
Next iteration: 2021 / Exact Dates TBA