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Visual AIDS presents METAPHORS and THEIR DISTEMPER: An Evening of Poetry and Prose

Frederick Weston, Blue Bathroom Blues #2, 1999. Collage, 10 × 8 in. Image courtesy of the artist.


Visual AIDS presents METAPHORS and THEIR DISTEMPER: An Evening of Poetry and Prose

Fri, May 29, 2015  6:30–8:30 PM

Artists and authors Gregg Bordowitz, Morgan Bassichis, Orlando Ferrand, Park McArthur, Stacy Szymaszek, and Frederick Weston perform readings considering diagnosis, dis-ease, coping, and wellness. 

Admission is free. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Teen Opening

YI Artists collaborating with artist-in-residence Jacolby Satterwhite in front of a green screen, April 2014. Photograph by Filip Wolak

Teen Events 

Teen Opening

Sat, May 30, 2015  6–8:30 PM

New York City teens are invited to celebrate the opening of the new Whitney at this special event organized by Youth Insights Leaders. Refreshments and art materials provided!

This event is free to attend; no RSVP is required. Bring a friend! 

Open Studio

A kid creates an artwork, February, 2015. Photograph by Filip Wolak

Family Programs 

Open Studio

May 30, 31
10:30 am–3 pm

For families with kids of all ages

Get creative in the Whitney’s new Hearst Artspace! Families are invited to make their own artworks inspired by works on view in the exhibition America Is Hard to See

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

Sketching Tour: Draw the City!

Families sketching in the galleries, September 2014. Photograph by Filip Wolak

Family Tours 

Sketching Tour: Draw the City!

Sat, June 6, 2015  11:15 AM–12:15 PM

For families with kids ages 6-10

Explore America Is Hard to See through drawing! Look closely at works of art and create experimental sketches inspired by artworks in the Whitney’s collection. This month, learn how artists have represented the city and capture the views around our new building in your own drawings.

June 6, 13, 20
11:15 am-12:15 pm

Museum admission plus $5 program fee per person. Registration for this program is required.


First Lady Michelle Obama at the Whitney's Dedication Ceremony

Watch Michelle Obama’s inspiring remarks at the Whitney’s Dedication Ceremony on April 30, 2015.
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

About 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—comprising the Hearst Artspace that features art-making activities for all ages; a Seminar Room with state-of-the-art audio and visual capabilities; and offices for staff—is a hub where visitors can engage with artists and enliven and enrich their museum experience.