Beginning on February 9, artists MPA, Amapola Prada, and Elizabeth Marcus-Sonenberg enter Orbit, a continuous ten-day performance staged in the narrow space between the windowpanes of the Whitney’s theater, overlooking the Hudson River.
The enclosed environment—which includes a composting toilet, plants, a ten-day supply of food and water, basic bedding, a treadmill, instruments, and a three-camera video surveillance system—is inspired by the simulation projects conducted by universities and space agencies to test human life on spacecrafts and on Mars. The participants’ conditions partially emulate those of astronauts orbiting Earth: sleeping in scheduled rotations, receiving messages on a delay, exercising daily, and tracking their energy usage. They embark on Orbit without rehearsal, each with their own assignments, objectives, and visions of the future and survival. They transmit messages across the glass to beings both present and unseen. The endeavor is, in the artist’s words, “real theater.” The Orbiters exit on February 19, 2017, in the performance Assembly.
Orbit is live 24-hours a day for ten Earth days, from February 9 to 19, 2017 and is on view from either side of the window, in the Whitney’s Hess Theater during regular Museum hours, and 24/7 at the corner of West and Gansevoort Street. A series of theatrical climaxes will occur each day, full schedule forthcoming.
Orbit is movement III of the four-part, unfolding exhibition MPA: RED IN VIEW, which includes an installation in the John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation Gallery on the Museum’s first floor.
Entrance to the theater is free with Museum admission. Please note: the theater will close at noon on Sunday, February 19 in preparation for the ticketed performance Assembly.
Whitney verbal description and touch tours provide an opportunity for visitors who are blind or have low vision and their companions to experience the richness and diversity of twentieth and twenty-first century American art through vivid description and tactile opportunities. Ninety-minute tours are free-of-charge and are offered monthly on Friday mornings, beginning before the Museum opens to the general public. Please join us for a tour of Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s.
Space is limited, and reservations are required. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212) 671–1823 to learn more or register.
New York City teens are invited to a free drop-in art making program on Friday afternoons, 4–6 pm. Bring your works-in-progress or create something entirely new. Each week we provide a prompt for reflection and art-making inspired by current exhibitions.
All supplies are provided and no previous art experience is required—everyone is welcome!
February 10, 17
March 3, 10, 17*, 24
April 7, 21, 28
*On March 17, artist collective Postcommodity will lead a special art-making workshop.
Free for teens. Upon entering the Museum, pick up a ticket in the lobby and head up to Floor Three.
Join us in the Whitney Shop for a special book launch and signing event with author Kay Haring to celebrate the release of her new children’s book based on the life of her brother, Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing.
Iconic pop artist Keith Haring comes to life for young readers in this picture book biography lovingly written by his sister, Kay Haring.
This one-of-a-kind book explores the life and art of Keith Haring from his childhood through his meteoric rise to fame. It sheds light on this important artist’s great humanity, his concern for children, and his disregard for the establishment art world. Reproductions of Keith’s signature artwork appear in scenes boldly rendered by Robert Neubecker. This is a story to inspire, and a book for Keith Haring fans of all ages to treasure.
This event is free and open to the public.