Public Programs

Engage with artists, curators, writers, and scholars through innovative programs that explore the Whitney’s current exhibitions and permanent collection.


Stan Brakhage’s Metaphors on Vision

SUN, Nov 19, 2017
4 pm

Film still.

To celebrate the new, definitive 2017 edition of Metaphors on Vision, published by Anthology Film Archives and Light Industry, this program presents a screening of Brakhage’s groundbreaking cameraless film Mothlight (1963) from the Whitney’s collection, followed by a conversation considering Brakhage’s work and its relevance to artists today. Speakers include P. Adams Sitney, the editor of Metaphors on Vision and Emeritus Professor of Visual Art at Princeton; Chrissie Iles, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Curator; filmmaker and artist Jennifer Reeves; and Thomas Beard, Director of Light Industry.

Tickets are required ($10 adults; $8 members, students, and seniors).

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Walter Annenberg Lecture: Catherine Opie

THU, Nov 30, 2017
7 pm

A woman's back with a drawing in blood.

For over thirty years, Catherine Opie has used photography to make iconic images of people and places that are often overlooked. For the 2017 Walter Annenberg Lecture, Opie speaks about her practice as an artist and the power of photography in the history of American art and in contemporary life with Adam D. Weinberg, the Museum’s Alice Pratt Brown Director.

Tickets are required ($15 adults; $10 for members, seniors, and students). 

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Feathered Flags:
A Lecture by Paul Chaat Smith

FRI, Jan 19, 2018
6:30 pm

Drawing on his decades-long association with Jimmie Durham as well as his recent curatorial projects at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Paul Chaat Smith explores the contradiction at the heart of the American national project.

Tickets are required ($10 adults; $8 members, students, and seniors). Tickets will go on sale in mid-November.


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This program offers advanced graduate students the opportunity to work directly with the Whitney’s collection and audiences within a supportive community of their peers and museum educators.

Whitney courses are multi-week programs that examine key issues in twentieth- and twenty-first-century American art and culture.

College and university students are invited to come as a class to explore the Whitney, guided by either their professor or one of our Teaching Fellows.



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