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During the 2014 Biennial exhibition, Family Programs is working with five different artists in conjunction with our Artist’s Choice Workshop series. On Saturday, March 22, families joined Suzanne McClelland in the fourth floor galleries to look at and discuss her painting Ideal Proportions (Steve and John), 2013. 

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Each month, the Whitney offers verbal description and touch tours for people who are blind or have low vision, giving participants the unique opportunity to physically interact with the Museum’s exhibitions. One of my first assignments as a Whitney Education Intern was to assist with one of these programs.  

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On Saturday, December 7, families had the pleasure of meeting filmmaker Ken Jacobs, whose work is on view in the exhibition Rituals of Rented Island: Object Theater, Loft Performance, and the New Psychodrama—Manhattan, 1970–1980

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Rituals of Rented Island: Object Theater, Loft Performance, and the New Psychodrama—Manhattan, 1970–1980, on view through February 2, 2014, explores a relatively little-known genre of performance art that occurred in lofts, DIY art spaces, and small theaters in New York during the 1970s. Hermetic and unapologetically mystifying, many of these works went undocumented and, in some cases, the artists who produced them drifted away from the art world.

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Halloween was some weeks back but there is still much chatter among Education staff about the costumes we wore and saw at the Whitney’s Halloween Party on October 31, 2013. 

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On October 3, members of the Whitney Education Community Advisory Network (WECAN) toured the Whitney’s new building site in the Meatpacking District. WECAN is a group of local residents, teachers, parents, and representatives from community-based organizations in the Whitney’s future neighborhood. 

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Test Pattern is a lobby gallery exhibition of recent Whitney permanent collection acquisitions. The exhibition focuses on works in which fields of abstract visual information are not produced by the artist’s hand, but are appropriated from other pre-existing sources. One of my favorite works is Rachel Harrison’s Untitled (Perth Amboy) (2001), a photograph of what, at first glance, appears to be a simple residential window.

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Edward Hopper sketched from life or from what he called the fact—he often made preparatory drawings with written notes about light and color which then informed his paintings. During one of Family Program’s last Sketching Tours in Hopper Drawing, kids and parents viewed Hopper’s Room for Tourists (1945). 

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Every season, the New Building Project Manager leads small groups of Whitney staff on a hard hat tour of the future Whitney building. These on-site tours give us a real feel of the new space and inspire us to re-imagine possibilities for exhibitions and exciting programs. This fall, School Programs staff went on one of the hard hat tours. Check out what we saw!   

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