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A still from a video work by James Nares. Art historian Douglas Crimp clasps his hands and looks directly at the camera

James Nares (b. 1953), still from Douglas, 2015. Video, 8:56 minutes. Image courtesy the artist and Paul Kasmin Gallery.

Public Programs 

Douglas Crimp and Juliane Rebentisch on Before Pictures

Sat, Sept 10, 2016  4–5:30 PM

Art historian and critic Douglas Crimp discusses his new memoir, Before Pictures, with Berlin-based philosopher Juliane Rebentisch.

Tickets required.

A work by Danny Lyon. A prisoner is patted down by a police officer

Danny Lyon (b. 1942), Shakedown at Ellis Unit, Texas, 1968. Vintage gelatin silver print. 8 1/2 × 12 1/4 in. (21.6 × 31.3 cm). Museum of Modern Art. © Danny Lyon, courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York

Public Programs 

Photography and Social Activism From the 1960s to Now

Fri, Sept 16, 2016  6:30–8 PM

Photographers Keith Calhoun, Chandra McCormick and Susan Meiselas join Julian Cox in this discussion of the evolving relationship of photography and film to social activism in the U.S.

Tickets required. 

A kid creates a collage

Open Studio, July 2016. Photograph by Andrew Kist

Family Programs 

Open Studio: In Full Swing!

Sat, Sept 17, 2016  10:30 AM–3 PM

For families with kids of all ages

Bring your family to a special Open Studio to celebrate the exhibition Stuart Davis: In Full Swing. Families will explore shape, line, and color to sketch a large-scale, 3D, abstract still-life inspired by the work of Stuart Davis. This is the penultimate weekend of the exhibition—you won’t want to miss it!

Free with Museum admission—skip the line and 
buy your admission ticket online in advance!

Family Programs

Bring your kids to explore the Whitney’s exhibitions this fall! Don’t miss our exciting line up of tours, art-making workshops, and artist-led programs on select Saturdays and Sundays.
A family sketches together in the galleries
Drawing in the galleries, July 2016. Photograph by Andrew Kist

K-12 teachers

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Free for New York City public schools

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

Room to Rise

The Lasting Impact of Intensive Teen Programs In Art Museums

Explore findings from a groundbreaking research and evaluation initiative investigating the long-term impacts of museum programs for teens.
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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Upcoming Programs

Families exploring art together, July 2016. Photograph by Andrew Kist
Family Programs
10:30 AM–3 PM
Families exploring art together, July 2016. Photograph by Andrew Kist
Family Programs
10:30 AM–3 PM
Open Studio, July 2016. Photograph by Andrew Kist
Family Programs
10:30 AM–3 PM