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Activities

These activities focus on works of art in the Whitney’s collection and special exhibitions. Through discussion, research, art making, and writing activities, we hope to encourage close looking, foster conversation between students, and connect artwork to classroom learning. Learn about our four artist-centered themes.

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RICHARD ARTSCHWAGER, DESCRIPTION OF TABLE, 1964

Play with descriptive language.

Description of Table (1964) consists of a simple plywood cube inlaid with pieces of black, white, and faux wood-grain laminates. Richard Artschwager (b. 1923) cleverly laid out the different colored laminates on the cube to create the illusion of a cloth-draped table. Ask students to consider the properties of a table and debate if Description of Table can in fact be a table.