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Teacher Guides

Explore information about selected artists and works of art, topics for classroom discussion, writing activities, and art projects that introduce the key ideas of an exhibition. Download a guide before your Museum visit!

Try This!

2014 Biennial artist Joel Otterson created this awesome chandelier using 187 vintage crystal and glass goblets bought from thrift stores! Ask students to create a sculpture using multiples of inexpensive materials such as plastic utensils, paper clips, and post-it notes.
Joel Otterson, 187 Bottoms Up, 2013. 187 vintage crystal and glass goblets, steel, metal chain, copper and brass wire, and electrical parts, 84 × 28 × 28 in. (213.4 × 71.1 × 71.1 cm). Collection of the artist and Maloney Fine Art, Los Angeles

The Whitney’s Collection

For Teachers

The Whitney’s collection features special content designed for K-12 audiences. Here, you’ll find information about featured artists and artworks, as well as activities for your students.
Elie Nadelman, Tango, 1920–24  88.1a-c For Teachers


JULY 14-18

In collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney presents a comprehensive, in-depth institute for 3rd–12th grade educators. Registration is now open!

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What’s on View

Whitney Biennial 2014
Mar 7–May 25, 2014
American Legends: From Calder to O'Keeffe
Dec 22, 2012–Jun 29, 2014