For New York City Teens
Location: Floor Three, Laurie M. Tisch Education Center and Susan and John Hess Family Theater
Youth Insights Leaders invite NYC teens to celebrate the moving image at Teen Event: Unravel! Explore the exhibition Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016, participate in art-making and discussions led by Youth Insights Leaders, and take part in Unravel—a collaborative handmade 16 mm filmmaking project. Teens will get to see their creations projected on the big screen!
Free for teens. Refreshments and art materials provided. No RSVP required—bring a friend! Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
For New York City Teens
Location: Floor Three, Laurie M. Tisch Education Center, Hearst Artspace
New York City teens are invited to a free drop-in art making program on Friday afternoons from 4–6 pm. Bring your works-in-progress or create something entirely new. Each week we provide a prompt for reflection and art-making inspired by current exhibitions.
All supplies are provided and no previous art experience is required—everyone is welcome!
October 7, 14, 21
November 4, 18
Free for teens. Upon entering the Museum, pick up a ticket in the lobby and head up to Floor Three.
Since 1997, Youth Insights teens have explored the Whitney, organized fun public programs, and helped audiences to interpret and access American art and artists. This archive presents a selection of recent events, programs, and resources developed by and for teens.
On November 4, artist and musician Tamara Renée Davidson led a free workshop on improvisation in art and music. Inspired by the work and process of Carmen Herrera, teens worked collaboratively with the artist to craft live musical soundscapes and graphic notations using instruments, movement, and painting.
On October 28, Youth Insights Leaders hosted a Halloween Teen Night at the Museum. The night included a performance by teens from The Door, costume making with artist Stewart Uoo and performer Bailey Stiles, tarot card readings, and a photo booth. Attendees also enjoyed a dance party during the activities.
On July 16, New York City teens were invited to Sculpture Gardens at the Whitney Museum. Virginia Overton led an artist talk in her exhibition, Virginia Overton: Sculpture Gardens, featuring two towering windmills that pump air to ponds full of aquatic flowers and plants. Teens created sketches, rubbings, and wire sculptures inspired by Overton’s work.
On May 14, Youth Insights Leaders hosted Teen Night: Human Interest at the Whitney Museum. The night included art-making with Elizabeth Jaeger, a performance by independent rapper and music artist Junglepussy, and prompts to explore Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection. Teens were also encouraged to curate their own version of the fifth floor gallery with Open Plan temporary tattoos and body markers.Learn more
On April 15, artist Mathew Cerletty invited NYC teens to create artworks inspired by objects that are important to them but might seem ordinary to everyone else. Cerletty’s paintings often combine personal memories, everyday subjects, and mysterious settings. His work was on view in the exhibition Flatlands.Learn more
On April 8, Youth Insights Leaders hosted a special screening of CITIZENFOUR, followed by a teen-moderated Q&A with the film’s Academy Award-winning director, Laura Poitras. After the program, teens were invited to explore the artist’s first solo museum exhibition, Laura Poitras: Astro Noise.Learn more
On February 26, Youth Insights Leaders hosted a teen event in Collected by Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner, an exhibition celebrating American and international work from the 1960s to the present day. YI Leaders guided interactive gallery activities, performances, and art-making projects.Learn more
On October 31, 2015, Youth Insights Leaders hosted a Halloween Teen Night at the Museum. Attendees participated in a scavenger hunt, tarot card readings, costume making and a costume contest. They displayed their creations on a catwalk and enjoyed a dance party during the activities.Learn more
On Saturday, May 30, over four hundred teens gathered at the Whitney’s new building for an evening of music, discussion, and art-making. The music collective Camp & Street performed, YI Leaders collaborated with artist Dread Scott, and teens gathered in the Hearst Artspace for artist talks with Scott and Josh Kline.Learn more
Second Saturdays invited New York City teens to join the Whitney’s Youth Insights Leaders to explore arts institutions near the Whitney’s new location downtown. Each month from October 2014 to April 2015, teens met with artists and arts professionals, talked about art, and made new friends.
On December 13, 2013, Youth Insights Leaders welcomed teens from throughout New York City to the Whitney for a tour of Rituals of Rented Island: Loft Performance, Object Theater, and the New Psychodrama—Manhattan, 1970-1980.
On October 25, 2013, Youth Insights Leaders hosted a Halloween-themed Teen Night event, Ooh! Ahh! Zombies! During the event, teen guests from across New York City went on scavenger tours of the Whitney, which the teens designed and led. Leaders also planned an apocalypse-themed art activity in the Whitney Studio, where guests munched on Halloween snacks as they transformed the walls of the space into a post-apocalyptic New York cityscape.
During summer 2013, participants in the Whitney’s Youth Insights Summer Intensive went behind the scenes to explore arts-related careers at the Whitney and other NYC cultural institutions. They talked with Whitney curators and exhibiting artists, met staff members from the High Line and Recess Art, hung out with teens from other museum programs, and much more! The summer ended with a chance to meet YI alumni who work professionally in the arts.Learn More
On May 1, 2012, Biennial artist LaToya Ruby Frazier staged a performance at the Whitney, in which YI teens played a special role.Learn More
One of the many teen events organized around the Biennial 2012 exhibition was an artist talk and drawing workshop with the artist Nicole Eisenman, on March 9, 2012.Learn More
In November 2010, Youth Insights collaborated with StoryCorps, a non-profit organization whose mission is to record, preserve, and share the stories of people from all walks of life. During a day-long recording session, YI Leaders had the opportunity to interview each other, their family members, and past artists-in-residence.Hear the Interviews