In July and August, the Museum will open on Tuesdays from 10:30 am to 6 pm.Plan your visit
For New York City Teens
Location: Floor Three, Susan and John Hess Family Theater
New York City teens are invited to Teen Night: Human Interest at the Whitney Museum! Join hosts, Youth Insights Leaders, for performances, art making, gallery experiences, artist-led activities, dancing, and more! Catch a live performance by independent rapper and music artist Junglepussy. Experiment in sculpture and invented worlds with artist Elizabeth Jaeger. Create selfies and portraits inspired by hundreds of portraiture works on view. Curate your own version of the fifth floor gallery with Open Plan temporary tattoos and body markers, and hang out with friends and meet new people inside the galleries and outside on our terraces overlooking the Hudson River.
This event is free to attend. Snacks and art materials are provided. No RSVP required—bring a friend! Questions? Email email@example.com.
Teen Event: New York City teens
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. Bring your works-in-progress or create something entirely new. All supplies are provided and no previous art experience is required—everyone is welcome!
February 12, 19
March 4, 11, 18, 25
April 1, 15, 22
May 6, 13
Free for teens. Pick up a ticket from a teen volunteer in the lobby when you enter the Museum. The program takes place on 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 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