Whitney Houston Biennial – The Institute for Art and Olfaction

The Whitney Houston Biennial
Curated by Christine Finley
First Edition: March 9, 2014
Second Edition: March 18-29, 2o17
New York


The IAO is pleased to participate in the first and second editions of artist C. Finley’s Whitney Houston Biennial with a series of theme-specific scents.



whitneyhoustonbiennial2017_smThe Whitney Houston Biennial is an all-female art biennial curated by C. Finley.

The second Whitney Houston Biennial: The Greatest Love of All takes place from March 18 to March 29 at 325 Broadway, in New York.


The 2014 Whitney Houston Biennial: I’m Every Woman is a feast for the eyes and a celebration of female voices. The biennial comes as a response to the continuing minimal representation of women artists in major museums and galleries. To bring some balance to the art institutions in New York this season, curator and artist Christine Finley will host more than fifty female artists from a varied range of geographic and cultural backgrounds, disciplines, methodologies, and generations. The artists studio will be transformed into an inviting, living space, a salon filled with work from artists including Mickalene Thomas, Guerilla Girls, Swoon, Sienna Shields, and Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens.

The aim of bringing together so many creative voices is to sing a collective song that celebrates the contributions of pioneer female artists and marks a moment in our communal trajectory. The show’s title not only playfully addresses the traditional (and concurrent) exhibit held at the Whitney Museum, but also honors a strong and brilliant lady, two years since her untimely passing.

Learn more about the artists represented at



Whitney-Houston-Biennial-evite_250pxThe IAO is pleased to have been invited as a participating artist collective for the first and second Whitney Houston Biennial.



In honor of the theme, we are presenting a limited edition two bottle concept scent based on the Brazilian Girls’ song “Pussy”, and in response to the political landscape in 2017.

Edition of 2 x 15ml bottles

Some seaweed extract for Aphrodite, and, you know…
Some musk for authenticity
Some dank California bud
Some jasmine to sweeten it up a bit


forher_250x300In honor of the theme, we are presenting a limited edition five bottle concept scent in honor of difficult and only semi-edible women, everywhere.

Edition of 5 15ml bottles

A fresh cigarette butt
A day-old rhubarb pie
A dozen wilting long-stemmed roses




The second Whitney Houston Biennial: The Greatest Love of All

Location: 325 West Broadway, New York NY
Press Preview: Saturday, March 18th 2017, 4-7pm
Opening Reception: Sunday, March 19th, 4-8pm
Closing reception: Wednesday the 29th

Contact C. FINLEY, the Whitney Houston Biennial curator for further information.

Artists involved in the 2014 Biennial:

Mickalene Thomas, Swoon, Guerrilla Girls, Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens, Linda Montano, The Institute for Art and Olfaction, Michelle Rogers, Howdoyousayyaminafrican?, Sara Magenheimer, Micol Hebron, Sienna Shields, Kathryn Garcia, Marissa Bluestone, Lia Halloran, Jean Robison, Pooneh Maghazehe, Maghen Brown, Orrie King, Andrea Tese, Kristin Jai Klosterman, Angel Favorite, Megan Hays, Gaby Collins Fernandez, Liz Ainslie, Dominika Ksel, Kate Vance, Kiran Chandra, Beatrice Anderson , Annie Ewaskio, Desiree Leary, Molly Larkey, Rachel Schragis, Eddy Segal, C. Finley, Haley Hughes, Ana Rodriguez, Daphne Fitzpatrick, Suzanne Wright, Mitch McEwen, Maureen St. Vincent, Rachael Warner, Sophie Grant, Natalee Cayton, Seung Huh, Christa Bell, Dachi Cole & Candice Williams, Regine Schumann, Tracy Molis, Shanna Waddell, Maya Jeffereis, Miatta Kawinzi, Heather Powell, Caitlin Cherry, April Friges, Patricia Domínguez, Seung-Min Lee AND MORE….