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Free Events

Whitney Block Party

Sat, May 2, 2015

Location: Gansevoort Street, in front of the Museum

On Saturday, May 2, join us for a free block party on Gansevoort Street, sponsored by Macy’s. Created in the spirit of a neighborhood festival, the Whitney Block Party will welcome visitors of all ages with free art and performance, including hands-on activities and participatory events.

Throughout the day, booths designed by a diverse group of contemporary artists and community organizations will offer activities for a range of audiences, including karaoke, map making, and performance workshops. Large-scale acts on the main stage will include all-ages performances, including puppetry, dance, music, and poetry. These distinctive projects embody the Museum’s multidisciplinary and inclusive approach to contemporary art.

The festivities will encourage audiences to experience the new location and new architecture as part of the Museum’s active engagement with artists and the city.

Booths and activities will be offered by Ei Arakawa and Shimon Minamikawa, Trisha Baga, Bed-Stuy Love Affair, Friends of the High Line, K8 Hardy and Ryan McNamara, J.T. Jobbagy Inc., the Meatpacking District Improvement Association, Lize Mogel, My Barbarian, Nari Ward, and the Whitney Education Community Advisory Network.

Performances will be presented by Mark Beasley, Camp & Street (DonChristian, Le1f, Rahel, Boody, and special guest), The Door – A Center of Alternatives: the performing arts program, The Eichelburglers (Jennifer Miller, Heather Green, and special guest), The Tracie Morris Band with special guests Mr. Jerome Harris and Jemman, Jacolby Satterwhite with La’fem Ladosha and Nightfeelings, and A Tribe Called Red.

The Whitney Block Party is free and open to the public—no reservations are required for Block Party events and performances.

The Whitney is also offering free Museum admission on May 2.

Sponsored by

Whitney Museum of American Art. Photograph © Nic Lehoux

Whitney Museum of American Art. Photograph © Nic Lehoux

Booths and Activities

Performances