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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.

99 Objects

99 Objects is a series of in-gallery programs each focused on a single work of art from the Whitney’s collection. Programs take place daily.
Glenn Ligon (b. 1960). Rückenfigur, 2009. Neon and paint, 24 × 145 1/2 × 5 in. (61 × 369.6 × 12.7 cm) Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Painting and Sculpture Committee 2011.3a‑I © Glenn Ligon
Whitney Block Party

Whitney Museum of American Art. Photograph © Nic Lehoux

Free Events 

Whitney Block Party

Sat, May 2, 2015

Created in the spirit of a neighborhood festival, the Whitney Block Party will welcome visitors of all ages with free art and performance, including hands-on activities and participatory events.

The Whitney Block Party is free and open to the public.

Whitney Kids Opening

Elizabeth Murray (1940–2007), Children Meeting, 1978. Oil on canvas, 101 3/16 × 127 in. (257 × 322.6 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Louis and Bessie Adler Foundation, Inc., Seymour M. Klein, President  78.34. © 2013 The Murray-Holman Family Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Family Programs 

Whitney Kids Opening

Sat, May 16, 2015  2–4 PM

For families with kids of all ages

Bring your family to celebrate the opening of the Whitney! Explore our brand new building and collection through hands-on gallery activities, an art making workshop, and other exciting ways to learn about the works on view!

Free with Museum admission.

Watch: Tour of the Meatpacking District

Gansevoort Destructor Plant

Artist Lize Mogel tells the story of emigrant scientist Wilhelm Reich, whose controversial research papers were destroyed by the Federal government at the Gansevoort Destructor Plant, located down the street from the new Whitney.
A participant works on her map mashup, February 2015. Photograph by Filip Wolak