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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.

School Programs


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Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection

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Free for New York City public schools

Bring your students to Human Interest for Guided Visits and Guided Visit + Studio programs. Explore how artists engage with one of art’s oldest genres in both traditional and experimental ways. Check out our teacher guide for use in your classroom.

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Laurie Simmons, Walking Camera II (Jimmy the Camera), 1987  94.107
Jasper Johns (1930-), Racing Thoughts, 1983, 84.6
Georgia O’Keeffe, Summer Days, 1936  94.171  
Duane Hanson, Woman with Dog, 1977  78.6
Charles Ray, Puzzle Bottle, 1995  95.85a-b
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Hollywood Africans, 1983  84.23  
Rachel Harrison (1966–), Untitled, 2012, 2012.81
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
Edward Hopper, Self Portrait, 1925–30  70.1165  
Jamel Shabazz, Untitled (Hat Guys), 1980 (printed 2001)  2010.131

Educator Programs

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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