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On September 30, the Whitney honored Jeff Koons for his achievements and contributions to the field of American art and culture at the tenth Walter Annenberg Annual Lecture.

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On September 27, Family Programs welcomed more than 1,000 participants to a special Jeff Koons Family Day. 

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 On September 12, art historian and educator Georgia Krantz led a Verbal Description and Touch Tour on the fourth floor in the exhibition Jeff Koons: A Retrospective.

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How to Look, a new program organized by the Education department in collaboration with Michael Lobel, writer, critic, and Professor of Art History at Purchase College, State University of New York, challenges visitors to  put away their smartphones, slow down, and engage deeply with works of art.

 

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On view in the exhibition, Jeff Koons: A RetrospectiveOne Ball Total Equilibrium Tank, (Spalding Dr. J 241 Series), (1985) continues to resonate with me since I first saw it in the Whitney’s 1987 Biennial exhibition.

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In preparation for the Whitney’s move to the Meatpacking District, I have been archiving many photographs and audio clips from past public programs. This has allowed me to track the development of the Museum’s public programs since the 1980s, and appreciate how the architecture of a museum can impact how artists work and how audiences experience live events.

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On July 19, Family Programs welcomed more than 1,000 participants to a special Jeff Koons Family Opening. On each floor of the Jeff Koons: A Retrospective exhibition, families responded to the artist’s work through close observation, discussion, and art making.

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With the opening of Jeff Koons: A Retrospective, the artist’s first major museum presentation in New York, Public Programs presented a conversation about the artist and the exhibition between Scott Rothkopf, the Whitney’s Nancy and Steve Crown Family Curator, Associate Director of Programs, and Rachel Kushner, author of Telex from Cuba and The Flamethrowers and a contributor to the exhibition catalogue. 

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On Saturday, July 12, over sixty people participated in Try This!, free, drop-in activities for families and children in the Jeff Koons: A Retrospective exhibition.

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