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 Rituals of Rented Island: Object Theater, Loft Performance, and the New Psychodrama—Manhattan, 1970–1980.
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.
This event is free of charge. Please call (212) 570-7789 or email AccessFeedback@Whitney.org to RSVP or learn more. Space is limited.
Choreographer Sarah Michelson premieres a new work on the Museum’s fourth floor, where she previously presented Devotion Study #1—The American Dancer, her Bucksbaum Award–winning piece from the 2012 Whitney Biennial. For this piece, the culmination of her Devotion series, Michelson continues to explore the dialogue between the form and history of dance through intense physicality, rigorous formal structures, and precise staging.
Jan 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31
Feb 1, 2
All performances take place at 2 pm. Tickets are required, and quantities are limited. See all ticketing information.
Join educator Alexandria Wailes for a free tour in American Sign Language of T. J. Wilcox: In the Air, without voice interpretation. The tour begins at 7 pm, with a free pre-tour reception from 6–7 pm.
For T. J. Wilcox: In the Air, the New York–based artist has created a remarkable new panoramic film installation, which fills up most of the second floor of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Here Wilcox revisits the “cinema in-the-round” panoramic presentations that appeared at the dawn of film history in the late 19th century, bringing the concept up to date with state-of-the-art technology to create an immersive cinematic environment.
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.