Whitney verbal description tours provide an opportunity for visitors who are blind or low vision and their companions to experience the richness and diversity of 20th and 21st century American art through vivid description and tactile opportunities. Please join us for a tour of Robert Indiana: Beyond LOVE.
Robert Indiana (b. Robert Clark, 1928) first emerged on the wave of Pop Art that engulfed the art world in the early 1960s. Bold and visually dazzling, his work embraced the vocabulary of highway signs and roadside entertainments that were commonplace in post war America. Presciently, he used words to explore themes of American identity, racial injustice, and the illusion and disillusion of love. The appearance in 1966 of what became his signature image, LOVE, and its subsequent proliferation on unauthorized products, eclipsed the public’s understanding of the emotional poignancy and symbolic complexity of his art. This retrospective will reveal an artist whose work, far from being unabashedly optimistic and affirmative, addresses the most fundamental issues facing humanity—love, death, sin, and forgiveness—giving new meaning to our understanding of the ambiguities of the American Dream and the plight of the individual in a pluralistic society.
The Whitney is located at 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street. This event is free of charge. Please call (212) 570-7789 or email AccessFeedback@Whitney.org to RSVP or learn more. Space is limited.
Join educator Lauren Ridloff for a free tour in American Sign Language of Rituals of Rented Island: Object Theater, Loft Performance, and the New Psychodrama—Manhattan, 1970–1980, without voice interpretation. The tour begins at 7 pm, with a free pre-tour reception from 6–7 pm.
This exhibition illuminates a radical period of 1970s performance art that flourished in downtown Manhattan, or what filmmaker and performance artist Jack Smith called “Rented Island,” and still remains largely unknown today. Working in lofts, storefronts, and alternative spaces, this group of artists, with backgrounds in theater, dance, music, and visual art, created complex new forms of performance to embody and address contemporary media, commercial culture, and high art.
Admission to tour and reception is free with RSVP. ASL students are welcome to attend with student admission to the Museum. Museum staff/interpreters will not be able to sign student assignments.
In conjunction with Rituals of Rented Island: Object Theater, Loft Performance, and the New Psychodrama—Manhattan, 1970–1980, Michael Smith will perform a new solo work, Avuncular Quest, which mines gestures and utilizes props and objects from his seminal early pieces.
Sunday, November 17, 2 pm
Friday, December 20, 7 pm
Friday, January 10, 7 pm
Free with Museum admission, which is pay-what-you-wish on Fridays, 6–9 pm. No registration is required.