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School and educator programs use works of art in the Whitney’s collection and exhibitions to create a forum for ideas, debate, and exchange. Programs at the Museum and in the classroom offer students and teachers opportunities to explore American art while learning from artists and each other.

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Bring your students to explore the Whitney’s spring exhibitions. Guided Visits for K-12 students are thematic gallery tours that build upon classroom learning. 

Free Guided Student Visits for New York City Public and Charter Schools endowed by The Allen and Kelli Questrom Foundation.

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Elizabeth Murray, Druid, 1979. Oil on shaped canvas, 55 13/16 × 55 3/8in. (141.8 × 140.7 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Gift of Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz 99.147 © 2016 The Murray-Holman Family Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, NY
Kenny Scharf, When the Worlds Collide, 1984. Oil and acrylic spray paint on canvas, 122 5/16 × 209 5/16 in. (310.7 × 531.7 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Purchase, with funds from Edward R. Downe, Jr. and Eric Fischl  84.44 © 2017 Kenny Scharf/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Julia Wachtel, Membership, 1984. Oil on canvas, 66 × 81 in. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Purchase, with funds from the Painting and Sculpture Committee  2016.114 114 © Julia Wachtel; courtesy the artist and Elizabeth Dee New York. © Julia Wachtel
Martin Wong, Closed, 1984-85. Acrylic on canvas,  84 1/8 × 108 3/16in. (213.7 × 274.8 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Gift of Diane and Steven Jacobson  2001.237
Courtesy the Estate of Martin Wong and P.P.O.W. Gallery, New York
Leon Golub, White Squad I, 1982. Acrylic on linen, with metal grommets, 120 × 210in. (304.8 × 533.4 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Gift of the Eli Broad Family Foundation and purchase, with funds from the Painting and Sculpture Committee  94.67 Art © The Estate of Leon Golub, Licensed by VAGA, New York, N.Y.
Eric Fischl, A Visit To / A Visit From / The Island, 1983. Oil on canvas, 84 × 168in. (213.4 × 426.7 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Purchase, with funds from the Louis and Bessie Adler Foundation, Inc., Seymour M. Klein, President  83.17a b
Jasper Johns (1930-),Racing Thoughts, 1983, 84.6
Georgia O’Keeffe, Summer Days, 1936  94.171  
Charles Ray, Puzzle Bottle, 1995  95.85a-b
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Hollywood Africans, 1983  84.23  
Robert Henri, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, 1916  86.70.3
Alexander Calder, Varèse, c. 1930  80.25  
Annette Lemieux, Left Right Left Right, 1995  2001.176
Hito Steyerl (b. 1966), Installation view of  Factory of the Sun, 2015 (German Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale, 2015). Video, color, sound; 21 min., looped; with environment, dimensions variable. Collection of the artist; courtesy Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York. Photograph by Manuel Reinartz; image courtesy the artist and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York
Alex Da Corte (b. 1980) with Jayson Musson (b. 1977). Easternsports, 2014. Four-channel video, color, sound; 152 min., with four screens, neon, carpet, vinyl composition tile, metal folding chairs, artificial oranges, orange scent, and diffusers. Score by Devonté Hynes. Collection of the artists; courtesy David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, and Salon 94, New York. Installation view, Institute of Contemporary Art,University of Pennsylvania, 2014 © Alex Da Corte; image courtesy the artist and Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania
After Oskar Schlemmer (1888–1943)
Das Triadische Ballett [Triadic Ballet], 1970.35mm film transferred to video, color, sound; 29 min. Courtesy Global Screen, Munich. Produced by Bavaria Atelier for the Südfunk,Stuttgart, in collaboration with Inter Nationes and RTB (Belgian Television)
Director: Helmut Amann
Choreography and costume designs: Oskar Schlemmer, 1922
Artistic advisors: Ludwig Grote, Xanti Schwinsky, and Tut Schlemmer
©1970 Bavaria Atelier for SWR in collaboration with Inter Nationes and RTB

Ahora se ofrecen visitas guiadas en español

Students on a Guided Visit, 2016. Photograph by Filip Wolak

Guided Visits are now offered in Spanish.

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New: Neighborhood Friends Initiative!

Photograph by Nic Lehoux

The Whitney is committed to being an integral part of our vibrant downtown community. In order to work more closely and deeply with K-12 schools in the area, we have started a new initiative called Neighborhood Friends. This initiative is open to all schools in Manhattan south of 23rd street.

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Prepare for your visit with our social narrative, which contains photographs and descriptions of what to expect on a Guided Visit or Guided Visit + Studio at the Whitney. Please note: this seventy-minute Guided Visit + Studio program is only for Access groups. 

Annual support for School and Educator Programs in the Laurie M. Tisch Education Center is provided by the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation; The Pierre & Tana Matisse Foundation; Con Edison; and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Major endowment support is provided by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation and the Annenberg Foundation.

Free Guided Student Visits for New York City Public and Charter Schools endowed by The Allen and Kelli Questrom Foundation.

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