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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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Share a story about your hometown

In addition to a 360-degree panorama of the city, T. J. Wilcox presents six uniquely New York stories, each inspired by a particular view from his studio. Ask your class to discuss the following: if there was one story about their hometown that they would like to share, what would it be? Is it a story about a place, a person, a group of people, an event, a natural phenomenon? A combination of these? Something else? Why would students want to share the story with the rest of the world?

Ask your students to divide into small groups and write the (same) story in their own words. Depending on what the story is, they could do research and/or interview family or community members. Share and compare students’ stories. How are they similar or different? From what perspectives did students choose to tell the same story?

Installation view of T. J. Wilcox: In the Air, 2013 (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, September 19, 2013-February 9, 2014). Photograph by Bill Orcutt