Access Programs

ASL Tour:
Signs & Symbols

FRI, Oct 26, 2012
6 pm

Join us for a free tour in American Sign Language of Signs & Symbols, without voice interpretation. The tour begins at 7 pm, with a free pre-tour reception from 6–7 pm.

Drawn from the Museum's deep holdings of paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, and photographs, Signs & Symbols sheds new light on the development of American abstraction during the critical postwar period of the mid-1940s to the end of the 1950s. Many artists active in this period who are often overlooked--Will Barnet, Forrest Bess, Charles Seliger, and Mark Tobey, among others--developed abstract work that remains distinct from many of the concerns associated with the canonized Abstract Expressionists, including large-scale canvases and gestural brushwork. Instead, the exhibition presents a more nuanced narrative, focused on the figurative and calligraphic "signs and symbols" present in much of the highly controlled work from this period and included in this show.

Please note: we regret that complimentary tickets will no longer be available for ASL students. Museum staff/interpreters will not be able to sign student assignments.

Admission to tour and reception is free. Registration is required; RSVP to asl_tours@whitney.org. Please bypass the admissions line and pick up your tickets at the check-in location in the Museum lobby.