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Thurs, Oct 31, 2013
Hours note
Thursday, October 31: the Museum shop will close at 5 pm.
Thursday, October 31: The Restaurant is closed.

Events

9:30–11 AM
1:30–3 PM
Courses & Workshops

This six-week course will help to contextualize and make sense of the current proliferation of performance in museum and gallery settings. How do we understand the notion of an art object in the context of performance? What role does the body—both of the performer and of the spectator—play in live art? What are the disciplinary boundaries of theater, choreography, and performance art? Are these categorizations productive or are they breaking down? This course will trace the historical roots of performance in American visual art and situate the present performative impulse within the changing landscape of modern art in the late twentieth century and early twenty-first century. We will highlight recent and current exhibitions that feature performance as a primary element, including a special session with Jay Sanders, the Whitney’s curator and curator of performance. This course includes a guided tour of downtown galleries.

Instructors: Jennie Goldstein, a Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow at the Whitney Museum since 2011, is currently a Ph.D. candidate in art history at Stony Brook University where she studies late modern and contemporary art. Her area of focus is on intersections of visual art and dance, and her in-progress dissertation, “Moving Bodies, Moving Things: Convergences of Art and Dance, 1960–1975,” reveals historical underpinnings for the recent surge in dance in museums. Prior to pursuing her doctorate she worked as a curatorial assistant and senior curatorial assistant at the Whitney, where she contributed to many exhibitions and publications.

Suzanne Hudson is Assistant Professor, Modern and Contemporary Art, at the University of Southern California. She is co-founder of the Contemporary Art Think Tank and president of the College Art Association-affiliated Society of Contemporary Art Historians. A regular contributor to Artforum, she is the author of Robert Ryman: Used Paint (MIT Press, 2009) and the co-editor of Contemporary Art: 1989–Present (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013). Her book Painting Now is forthcoming from Thames & Hudson.

Six Thursdays: October 17, 24, and 31; November 7, 14, and 21

Morning Session: 9:30–11 am
OR
Afternoon Session: 1:30–3 pm

Black and white still of a performance by Sylvia Palacios Whitman.
11:30 AM
3:30 PM
Free Daily Tours
Robert Indiana: Beyond LOVE

Robert Indiana: Beyond LOVE

11:30 AM, 3:30 PM

11:30 AM

3:30 PM

Free Daily Tours
Related exhibition
Robert Indiana: Beyond LOVE
Robert Indiana: Beyond LOVE
12:30 PM
Free Daily Tours
American Legends: From Calder to O'Keeffe
1:30 PM
Free Daily Tours
T. J. Wilcox: In the Air

1:30 PM

Free Daily Tours
Related exhibition
T. J. Wilcox: In the Air
T. J. Wilcox: In the Air
7 PM
Patron, Contemporaries, Circle, Fellow, and Sponsor members
Member Event

Join us for a reception and exhibition viewing of Rituals of Rented Island: Object Theater, Loft Performance, and the New Psychodrama—Manhattan, 1970-1980. Costumes are encouraged.

7 pm: Exhibition Viewing
9 pm: Halloween Celebration

Open to Whitney Contemporaries, Patron, Circle, Fellow, and Sponsor members. Space is limited and RSVP is required. Call (212) 671-5305 to reserve your space.

Join Now
Reception: _Rituals of Rented Island: Object Theater, Loft Performance, and the New Psychodrama—Manhattan, 1970–1980_

Exhibitions

A panorama of New York City, curved into a circle
Sep 19, 2013–Feb 9, 2014
An abstract painting by Robert Indiana with the words Chicago, Bar, and South Ferry
Sep 26, 2013–Jan 5, 2014
An abstract image by Nick Mauss. Strong black vertical stripes, with thin stripes forming a grid
Aug 22–Dec 1, 2013
A pop still life of a bowl of fruit by Roy Lichtenstein
Dec 22, 2012–Jun 29, 2014
A poster that reads, "Who's afraid of the New Now?"
Jun 13, 2013–Feb 23, 2014