Sarah Sze to Speak at Whitney’s Annual Annenberg Lecture

Sarah Sze, ‘Strange Attractor,’ 2000. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Marianne Boesky, Ed Cohen, and Adam Sender 2001.1. © Sarah Sze. Photograph by Frank Oudeman (Courtesy the Whitney Museum)

Artist Sarah Sze will speak at the Whitney’s eighth annual Walter Annenberg Lecture. On Nov. 5, at the Whitney Musuem’s lower gallery, she will talk about her work with Whitney director Adam D. Weinberg and join the ranks of former speakers, including Claes Oldenburg, Susan Rothenberg and John Baldessari.

Ms. Sze, who has been selected to represent the United States at the 2013 Venice Biennale, is best known for her delicate, immersive and gravity-defying sculptural installations made from the detritus of everyday life where anything from a matchstick to a 20-foot step ladder seems to work.

Since the early days of her career, the Biennale-bound artist has been in the good graces of the Whitney. She took part in the 2000 Whitney Biennial and in 2003 had a solo presentation at the museum, “The Triple Point of Water,” for which she took to the submerged sculpture garden of the museum with a scaffold of PVC pipes, fish tanks, Styrofoam and orange yarn all held together in surreal equilibrium.

The lecture is held in honor of the late Walter H. Annenberg, a philanthropist, patron of the arts, and former ambassador. While it’s free, take a second to register at

Sarah Sze to Speak at Whitney’s Annual Annenberg Lecture