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What Are You Waiting For?
A public art project by Youth Insights Teens and artist Gary Simmons
July 30, 2013–

This public art project, on view near the Whitney’s new building site, is a collaboration between New York City teens in the Whitney Museum’s Youth Insights (YI) program and artist Gary Simmons.

To make the project, the teens collected responses to the question, “What are you waiting for?” from their classmates and the larger community. The handwritten scraps of paper were then photographed, printed, and wheatpasted onto a wall, creating a layered, complex, and sometimes contradictory collection of voices and opinions. 

The theme relates to discussions that the teens and Simmons had about how much time they spend waiting in their daily lives—whether for an elevator or train to arrive or anticipating major personal events such as the end of high school and the many changes that come with the beginning of adulthood. The teens were also interested in connecting to another event on the horizon—the opening of the Whitney’s new downtown home in 2015.

The project is on view twenty-four hours a day, at the corner of Gansevoort and Washington Streets.

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Photograph by Filip Wolak
Photograph by Filip Wolak
Photograph by Filip Wolak
Photograph by Filip Wolak
Photograph by Filip Wolak
Photograph by Filip Wolak
Photograph by Filip Wolak
Photograph by Filip Wolak
Photograph by Filip Wolak
Photograph by Filip Wolak

Installation details

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? (detail), 2013. Photograph by Sarah Anne Ward
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? (detail), 2013. Photograph by Sarah Anne Ward
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? (detail), 2013. Photograph by Sarah Anne Ward
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? (detail), 2013. Photograph by Sarah Anne Ward
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? (detail), 2013. Photograph by Sarah Anne Ward