The 2012 biennial of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City opened on Thursday with a focus on U.S. contemporary art and performance art.
The whole fourth-floor of the museum has become a dynamic 6,000- square foot performance space for music, dance, theater and other interactive events.
Performance artist Dawn Kasper even moved her studio, bed and belongings into the museum's third floor galleries, taking up residency for the duration of the biennial where she said she would live her life as normal.
"I can interact with people and meet new people, you never know who you gonna meet and affect your life in a different way. I'm just trying to open myself up and learn from others and connect with others," Dawn Kasper told Xinhua.
The biennial also features the work of the famed German filmmaker Werner Herzog. He has created a multi-media installation that includes projections of etchings from the 17th century Dutch printmaker Hercules Segers with music from Ernst Reijeseger, who has composed music for Herzog's films.
The 2012 Whitney Biennial will last from March 1 through May 27.