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A work by Jason Polan.

Jason Polan (b. 1982), Drawing of a little boy drawing, 2016. Courtesy the artist

Family Programs 

Open Studio: Drawing People with Jason Polan

Sat, May 7, 2016  10:30 AM–3 PM

For families with kids of all ages

Join artist and illustrator Jason Polan for a large-scale portrait drawing workshop in the Susan and John Hess Family Theater in connection with Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection.

Free with Museum admission. Skip the line: become a member or buy your admission ticket in advance.

A drawing by June Leaf of a human head in black ink.

June Leaf (b. 1929), Head, 1975. Pen and ink and colored pencil on paper, 13 7/8 × 19 7/8 in. (35.2 × 50.5 cm). Collection of the artist. Photograph by Alice Attie

Public Programs 

June Leaf and Carter E. Foster in Conversation

Thurs, May 12, 2016  6:30–8 PM

In connection with June Leaf: Thought Is Infinite, the artist discusses her practice with Carter E. Foster, Steven and Ann Ames Curator of Drawing.

Tickets required.

Tickets
A work by Catherine Opie. Performance artist Ron Athey stands posing for a portrait

Catherine Opie (b. 1961), Ron Athey, 1994. Chromogenic print. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Gift of Norman Dubrow. © Catherine Opie. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles

Courses & Workshops 

Performing Identity: Place, Space, and the Body in portraiture

June 2016 Course

Drawing on works included in Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection, this two-part course taught by Joan Tisch Teaching fellow Paula Burleigh offers new perspectives on the genre of portraiture.

Registration required.

Register

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.
Rachel Harrison (1966–), Untitled, 2012. Colored pencil on paper. 19 × 24 in. (48.3 × 61 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Drawing Committee. 2012.81 © Rachel Harrison Courtesy the artist and Greene Naftali, New York

HUMAN INTEREST: PORTRAITS FROM THE WHITNEY’S COLLECTION

BOOK A VISIT

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 father, mother, and kid make an artwork with a teacher

Printmaking in the Hearst Artspace, Laurie M. Tisch Education Center, 2015. Photograph by Filip Wolak

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

Teens participate in a special "Bad Painting" workshop, March 2016. Photograph by Andrew Kist
Teen Event: New York City teens in grades 9–12
4–6 PM
ASL Slam. Image courtesy Jon Savage
Access Programs
6–8 PM
Jason Polan (b. 1982), Drawing of a little boy drawing, 2016. Courtesy the artist
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
Teens participate in a special "Bad Painting" workshop, March 2016. Photograph by Andrew Kist
Teen Event: New York City teens in grades 9–12
4–6 PM
Families create artworks in Open Studio, March 2016. Photograph by Filip Wolak
Family Programs
10:30 AM–3 PM
Rachel Harrison (1966–), Untitled, 2012. Colored pencil on paper. 19 × 24 in. (48.3 × 61 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Drawing Committee. 2012.81 © Rachel Harrison Courtesy the artist and Greene Naftali, New York
Teen Event: New York City Teens
6–8:30 PM
Families create artworks in Open Studio, March 2016. Photograph by Filip Wolak
Family Programs
10:30 AM–3 PM
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