The Easel

Laura Poitras at the Whitney: redrawing the war on terror

Laura Poitras’ documentation of her collaboration with whistle blower Edward Snowden won her an Oscar and a Pulitzer Prize. Now, the Whitney is hosting an “immersive installation” of her surveillance art, including security documents and footage of interrogation sessions. A core purpose of museums is to show new material. However, this critic muses “was there any element of the art that wouldn’t translate to a blog post?”