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Past Events

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.




Elaine Reichek helps teens with their embroidery during an art workshop. Photograph by Carda Burke

On March 30, 2012, Biennial artist Elaine Reichek met with Youth Insights participants and other New York City teens.

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New York City teens meet with artist Nicole Eisenman in front of her work in the Whitney Biennial 2012 exhibition. Photograph by Berry Stein

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.

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Still from Profile of a Biennial Artist: Kate Gilmore, produced by teens in the Youth Insights Leaders program, 2010.

Teens in the Whitney’s Youth Insights Leaders program went behind the scenes and created a series of original short films highlighting their unique perspectives on 2010, the Whitney Biennial.  Produced in partnership with the New York Film Academy.

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Cupcakes and Conversation with Corin Hewitt, 2009. Photograph by Allison Weisberg

This series of public programs (organized by teens for teens) invites contemporary artists to participate in open dialogues about their art over snacks like dumplings, cupcakes, and quesadillas.

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Japanther rocks the Whitney, 2009. Photograph by Nick Schiarizzi

This summer, Whitney teens rocked out at the Whitney with Japanther and Ninjasonik to celebrate Dan Graham’s sources of inspiration, from punk rock to cartoons. Check out this blog post about the event.