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A painting by John Sonsini. Two central figures, Byron and Ramiro, stand with their arms crossed and hands on their hips. Each has two or three packed suitcases next to them

Occupy Museums, 2017

Free Events 

Speak Out on Inauguration Day

Fri, Jan 20, 2017  11 AM–2 PM

Convened by Occupy Museums, artists and activists voice their values to resist and reimagine current political discourse in the United States.

Free with Museum admission, which is pay-what-you-wish all day on January 20.

An neon and video installation by Alex Da Corte and Jayson Musson. Neon lighs in bright orange, red and purple stretch the length of a wall; a projected image is visible

Alex Da Corte (b. 1980) and Jayson Musson (b. 1977). Easternsports, 2014. Four-channel video, color, sound; 152 min., with four screens, neon, carpet, vinyl composition tile, metal folding chairs, artificial oranges, orange scent, and diffusers. Score by Devonté Hynes. Collection of the artists; courtesy David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, and Salon 94, New York. Installation view, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, 2014 © Alex Da Corte; image courtesy the artist and Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania

Public Programs 

Studio Night: Sound and Color

Fri, Jan 27, 2017  7:30–9 PM

Create collages in response to a live performance by legendary jazz drummer Andrew Cyrille in this art-making workshop, led by artist Mark Joshua Epstein.

Free with Museum admission.

A still from a film work by Jenny Perlin. A hand drawn sketch of two moons and the word 'twilight' against a blue background

Jenny Perlin (b. 1970), still from Twilight Arc, 2016. Image courtesy the artist and Simon Preston Gallery, New York

Family Programs 

Open Studio: Jenny Perlin

Sat, Jan 28, 2017  10:30 AM–3 PM

For families with kids of all ages

Get creative in the Whitney’s Hearst Artspace! Artist Jenny Perlin invites families to create artworks inspired by her innovative, multi-faceted filmmaking process.

Free with Museum admission.

A work on paper by Jasper Johns. Artists' tools are arranged in a coffee tip with the label that reads: Savarin

Jasper Johns, (b. 1930), Savarin, 1982. Lithograph and monotype, sheet (irregular): 50 × 38in. (127 × 96.5 cm); Image (irregular): 39 3/4 × 29 1/2 in. (101 × 74.9 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of The American Contemporary Art Foundation, Inc., Leonard A. Lauder, President  2002.224 © Jasper Johns/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

How to Look: Prints and Drawings

Enroll now

This course, the first offered in the Whitney’s new Sondra Gilman Study Center, provides participants with the opportunity to view special materials from the Museum’s collection by Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Andy Warhol, and others.

Three–session course: Thursdays, January 19, 26; February 2
2:30–4 pm

Registration required.


K-12 teachers

Book a visit

Bring your students to explore the Whitney’s fall exhibitions. Guided Visits for K-12 students are thematic gallery tours that build upon classroom learning.

Free Guided Student Visits for New York City Public and Charter Schools endowed by The Allen and Kelli Questrom Foundation.
A school group tours the galleries
A school group on a Guided Visit, May 2016. Photograph by Filip Wolak
Students on a Guided Visit, 2016. Photograph by Filip Wolak
Group of people look at a painting in the galleries
Participants in a community program with ELESAIR (English Language and Employment Services for Adult Immigrants and Refugees) discuss Jasper Johns, Three Flags, 1958. Photograph by Danielle Linzer

Art As Experience

In conjunction with the opening of the Laurie M. Tisch Education Center, the Whitney Education Department is inaugurating new and expanded programming designed to engage diverse audiences. A touchstone for the development of Whitney Education in our new location is the American philosopher and educator John Dewey (1859–1952) and his classic 1934 text Art as Experience.
A group of teens paint together

Teens work on a collaborative painting in the Hearst Artspace, Laurie M. Tisch Education Center, 2015. Photograph by Andrew Kist

The Laurie M. Tisch Education Center

For the first time in its history, the Whitney Museum has a dedicated space for education with the opening of the Laurie M. Tisch Education Center. Centrally located on the Museum’s Third Floor and adjacent to the Susan and John Hess Family Theater, the Education Center provides opportunities for museum educators to work in innovative ways, offering audiences drop-in programming, hands-on learning, and in-depth and interdisciplinary programming. The Laurie M. Tisch Education Center is a hub where visitors can engage with artists and enliven and enrich their museum experience.

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