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Whitney Museum of American Art's 2014 Biennial is Now Open

The Whitney Museum of American Art kicked off its 2014 Biennial exhibition yesterday in NYC.

This marks the last year that the Biennial will take place in the 945 Madison Avenue building, as the Whitney will be relocating to downtown Manhattan in spring 2015. This year's exhibition was curated by Stuart Comer of MoMA, Anthony Elms of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, and Michelle Grabner, an artist and professor at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. It features the talent of 103 artists and spans a whopping three floors, with work spilling out into the museum's lobby, sculpture court, and even the elevator. Together, these works set out to portray the American identity and what it means to live in United States today. They are an exploration of America's rich diversity--the clashing of various cultures and ideas--its radically shifting economic and political climate, as well as its often conflicting perceptions of notions like gender and sexuality. This is expressed through a broad range of mediums, from simple oil on canvas to sculpture, video, and sound installations. The result is overwhelming, to say the least.

SKYLAR DIGGINS SPORTS ILLUSTRATED PHOTOSHOOT

Years ago I would watch basketball and it was macho and manly.

I used to look at basketball as a man only sport. But I also used to think dry humping can get a girl pregnant and kissing and/or any other touching from a female could give you "cooties" but hey, what do I know? Now the sport of basketball is international. There are no barriers. It's a game for everyone to play, whether it be man or woman. The players themselves are brands that are bought by bigger brands to be branded and catapulted to the rest of the world. In women's basketball, you've heard of Lisa Leslie, Cheryl Swoopes, but now there is a new name in women's basketball, and her name is Skylar Diggins. She is a basketball goddess on the court. A scoring machine, a leader and all of that amazing stuff. But off the court she proved to be one of those brands that are going to eclipse the globe and be something little girls grow up. I've been hearing her name a lot around town from allegedly dating Lil Wayne or signing a deal with Mr. Shawn Carter where he will act as her agent.

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