Public Programs

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

Ramiro Gomez

May 30–Jun 1, 2017

Sharing is central to Ramiro Gomez's artistic process. Invited by Rafa Esparza to contribute to the installation Figure Ground: Beyond the White Field, Gomez spent time observing various members of the Whitney's staff—from janitorial workers to security guards—in the week leading up to the opening of the 2017 Biennial. From these observations of their labor, recorded in candid cell phone photographs, he has been painting their images on discarded cardboard. Now he returns to the museum with the intention of finding the subjects of these paintings and giving them these artworks as a gesture of appreciation and respect.

Free with Museum admission.

Aisha Sasha John: the aisha of oz
ISP Curatorial Program: Aisha Sasha John

THU, Jun 1, 2017
6:30–8 pm

“I don't know how to express anger physically. There are reasons for this and consequences. A performance of fire. And water and fire. And earth. There is wonderful power in the wound.” —Aisha Sasha John

Aisha Sasha John is a singing dancer and author of I have to live (2017) and THOU (2014). This will be the first iteration of the aisha of oz performed in New York. The show runs for approximately one hour.

Tickets are required ($8 adults; $6 members, students, and seniors).

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Leroy F. Moore: Black/Brown International Disability Art and Hip-Hop

FRI, Jun 2, 2017
6:30 pm

Biennial artist Park McArthur and collaborators Carolyn Lazard and Constantina Zavitsanos present an evening of performance and discussion with poet, community activist, and Krip-Hop nation creator Leroy F. Moore.

Free with registration.


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Joan Tisch Teaching Fellows

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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.


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

University Group Tours

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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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