Whitney Kids Summer Family Day
Aug 21, 2017

  • Dancers teach families some Samba moves

    Dancers teach families some Samba moves, July 2017. Photograph by Filip Wolak

  • A group of kids laying in a pile of capes

    Playing in a pile of capes, July 2017. Photograph by Filip Wolak

  • A couple of girls dance in the theatre

    C’mon, let’s dance!, July 2017. Photograph by Filip Wolak

  • a group wearing capes inspired by Oiticica

    Sporting Oiticica-inspired capes, July 2017. Photograph by Filip Wolak

  • A kid watches a dancer move

    A kid mirrors a dancer’s movement, July 2017. Photograph by Filip Wolak

  •  A samba dancer poses

    Harlem Samba, July 2017. Photograph by Filip Wolak

  • a group in awe of the tall sculpture they've made

    Is it the tallest sculpture?, July 2017. Photograph by Filip Wolak

  • two girls put together a piece they're working on

    Putting it together, July 2017. Photograph by Filip Wolak

  • a young child shows off his art

    Showing off a scratch drawing, July 2017. Photograph by Filip Wolak

The Museum was bustling with activity at our Whitney Kids Summer Family Day on July 15 as kids and adults immersed themselves in artmaking, music, and dance. Inspired by the Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium exhibition, participants wore colorful capes and learned some steps from Harlem Samba dancers. For Calder: Hypermobility, families were challenged to build the tallest structures possible, and in the Where We Are exhibition, kids made scratch drawings, sketches, and sculpturesTake a peek at the activities in the slideshow above. All photographs by Filip Wolak.

Billie Rae Vinson, Senior Coordinator of Family Programs, commented: “Movement is important in Oiticica’s work, so it was amazing to see families dancing to the Samba beats and experimenting with the colorful swirls of the fabrics. It really connected to the idea of art as experience. Many kids (and parents and grandparents for that matter!) could barely control their excitement or their feet! I love to see people of all ages being creative and celebrating art together.”

By Biviana Sanchez, Family Programs Intern