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In anticipation of the Whitney’s move to the Meatpacking District, the Education department’s temporary studio space was donated to Socrates Sculpture Park in Astoria, Queens. It was moved piece by piece and placed on flatbed trucks to be transported to storage while Socrates staff makes plans for the structure’s use at the park.

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In June 2014, Community and Access Programs organized a collaboration between the Whitney's Independent Study Program, artist Mary Mattingly, and youth in the Hudson Guild’s Beacon after-school program.

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In spring 2014, Pauline Noyes became the Coordinator of School and Educator Programs in the Whitney’s Education department. Now that she’s had some time to settle in, I asked Pauline a few questions.

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When the Whitney opens its new building in the Meatpacking District in 2015, it will have more than twice the gallery space for its renowned permanent collection and special exhibitions. In anticipation of this expansion, Education recruited new candidates for the Whitney’s docent corps and began a new Docent Training Program in May 2014. 

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On Saturday, May 10, families were invited to learn about performance art with artist Alexandro Segade who is part of My Barbarian, a collective with Malik Gaines and Jade Gordon.

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On April 12, Biennial artist Joshua Mosley led an Artist’s Choice Workshop for kids and families. Known for his vivid portrayals of historical subjects, Mosley’s three-minute video in the exhibition includes stop motion animation techniques.

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One of the themes that runs through the 2014 Biennial exhibition is the presentation of objects from art history or other historical archives. Of these projects, the one I find the most resonant is Philip Vanderhyden’s recreation of People in Pain, a 1988 sculpture by Gretchen Bender (1951-2004). 

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On April 5, over 500 parents and kids visited the Museum for a special 2014 Biennial Family Party. The event was designed to introduce families to the art and artists of the Biennial exhibition and engage them in activities based on what they saw in the galleries.

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Falling stars in the night sky. Abstract films. Dancers moving across a stage. Piet Mondrian’s painting, Broadway Boogie Woogie (1942-43). Those were some of the associations brought to viewers’ eyes and minds on the evening of March 19 during an experimental lecture and seminar with the artist Zoe Leonard.

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