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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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At the Whitney, we continuously try to create spaces and experiences that keep the needs of our audiences in mind, from the artists whose work we present to the diverse visitors who come through our doors each day. To this end, the Whitney is transitioning its Lower Gallery restrooms to “All Gender” spaces during several programs and events over the course of the 2014 Biennial exhibition. 

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Before the 2014 Biennial exhibition, I had the incredible opportunity to travel to Southern California to meet Biennial artists in their studios and ask them some questions about their work and process.

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