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This two-part course offers new perspectives on the genre of portraiture, and considers portraits as inherently political statements.

Enroll now to receive a $25 discount.

Toyo Miyatake (1895–1979), Michio Ito, 1929. Gelatin silver print, Sheet: 14 × 10 7/8 in. (35.6 × 27.6 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Photography Committee 2014.241 © Toyo Miyatake Studio
An educator leads a workshop in the galleries

Families on a tour in the galleries, June 2015. Photograph by Filip Wolak

Family Tours 

Sketching Tour:
Distortion and Abstraction

Sat, June 4, 2016  10–11 AM

For families with kids ages 6–10

Explore current exhibitions through drawing! Look closely at works of art and create experimental sketches inspired by what you see. This month, join us to explore the exhibitions Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection and June Leaf: Thought Is Infinite. Learn how artists represent the human figure in unexpected ways.

This program has been developed specifically for kids ages 6 to 10. Siblings are welcome to join the group but must have a ticket.

A film still from a work by Maggie Lee

Maggie Lee (b. 1987), still from Mommy, 2015. Digital video. 56 mins, 23 secs. Image courtesy the artist.

Film & Video Screenings 

Screening and Conversation: Mommy

Sat, June 4, 2016  4–5:30 PM

With Maggie Lee and Leslie Jamison

This special screening of artist Maggie Lee’s 2015 film Mommy is followed by a conversation between the artist and novelist and essayist Leslie Jamison; organized in conjunction with Mirror Cells.

Tickets required.

A painting by Alice Neel depicts her psychiatrist's wife Elsie Rubin

Stuart Davis (1892–1964), Semé, 1953. Oil on canvas, 52 × 40 in. (132 × 101.6 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art; George A. Hearn Fund, 1953. © Estate of Stuart Davis / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Stroller Tours 

Stroller Tour:
Stuart Davis: In Full Swing

Sat, June 11, 2016  9:30–10:30 AM

For parents with babies 0–18 months

Join Whitney Teaching Fellows on engaging tours for new moms and dads when the Museum is closed to the public.

$25 per adult, plus Museum admission.


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.
Jamel Shabazz (1960–), Untitled (Hat Guys), 1980, (printed 2001.). Chromogenic print, 16 × 20 in. (40.6 × 50.8 cm). Edition 8/9. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Gift of Arthur and Susan Fleischer 2010.131 © Jamel Shabazz 



Free for New York City public schools

Bring your students to Human Interest for Guided Visits and Guided Visit + Studio programs. Explore how artists engage with one of art’s oldest genres in both traditional and experimental ways. Check out our teacher guide for use in your classroom.

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 create artworks in Open Studio, March 2016. Photograph by Filip Wolak
Family Programs
10:30 AM–3 PM
Families create artworks in Open Studio, March 2016. Photograph by Filip Wolak
Family Programs
10:30 AM–3 PM
Open Studio, March 2016. Photograph by Filip Wolak
Family Programs
11:30 AM–3 PM