Gotham Professional Arts Academy High School

Gotham Academy has been one of the Whitney's partnership schools since 2008 when the school first opened. The school focuses on the arts and arts-related professions. Students collaborate on creative projects including performances, art exhibitions, poetry slams, and publications. The Whitney hosts an annual Friends and Family Night for Gotham students to give tours as part of their Art Criticism Performance-Based Assessment Tests (PBATs), which are part of their graduation requirements.


Partnership Highlights
2016

students and adults look at student work

Family and Friends of Gotham students look at student work on display in the Susan and John Hess Family Theater, May 2016. Photograph by Filip Wolak



students and adults watch art and discuss

A Gotham student leads a discussion with his family and peers in the galleries, May 2016. Photograph by Filip Wolak



students holding up signs in room

Bad Painting workshop with artist Jamian Juliano-Villani, March 2016. Photograph by Andrew Kist


2015

students presenting artwork to students

Gotham’s annual Art Criticism PBAT night where students present on a work of art at the Museum. Photograph by Shaniece Frank


artist in front of boxer painting explaining

PBAT night event in the galleries, May 2015. Photograph by Shaniece Frank



2014

students listeing to women discuss art

In the exhibition Rituals of Rented Island with artist Theodora Skipitares, 2014. Photograph by Meredith Martin


student illuminating a studio project

Studio project with artist Theodora Skipitares, 2014. Photograph by Meredith Martin


students working on a large black table on sound project

Students work on a sound project with 2014 Biennial artist Kevin Beasley. Photograph by Lisa Libicki


2013

parents and teachers discussing artwork in gallery

Parents and teachers discuss a work by artist Jay DeFeo during the annual Art Criticism PBAT night where students present on a work of art at the Museum, 2013. Photograph by Meredith Martin


students sitting around in apartment

PBAT night, 2013. Photograph by Meredith Martin


blackboard covered in chalk

Student brainstorm in the classroom, 2013. Photograph by Lisa Libicki


2012

man explaining artwork

Workshop with 2012 Biennial artist K8 Hardy. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow


group sitting around rapt in attention

Students meet with 2012 Biennial artist Jason Moran. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow


man pointing at paintings on the wall

A student speaks about Nicole Eisenman’s work at PBAT night, 2012. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow


2011

kids looking at sculpture and taking notes

Students in the exhibition, David Smith: Cubes and Anarchy, 2011. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow


sitting in a gallery discussing artwork on wall

Students discuss works in the exhibition Glenn Ligon: America, 2011. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow


man in orange talking about paintings on wall looking at ground

A student speaks about Glenn Ligon’s work at PBAT night, 2011. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow


2010

student talking to students about artwork on wall

Students in the galleries with 2010 Biennial artist Nina Berman. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow


black installation in middle of room with students

A student speaks about David Hammons’s sculpture Untitled, (1992) at PBAT night, 2010. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow


artist addressing students about art

Students meet with 2010 Biennial artist Theaster Gates. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow


2009

group of students stand in yellow hewn room

Students in the exhibition Jenny Holzer, Protect Protect, 2009. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow


girl is constructing artwork on table

Post-visit project in the classroom, 2009. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow


collage photograph artpiece

Student artwork, 2009. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow