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6–8 AM
Floor One, Kenneth C. Griffin Hall

This performance, the fifth Shout in this cycle of twelve rituals, marks the beginning of the second year and will celebrate the upcoming Spring Equinox, which takes place on March 20, 2017 at 6:29 am EDT

The Spring Equinox presents a new beginning, a remaking of the world after the desolation of Winter. As a group, the audience will gather to mourn what is gone, and attempt to recall the ways and means that we have forgotten how to remember. This ancient knowledge has the potential to unearth new sources of information, ideas, and solutions, necessary to guide us forward and welcome new life. 

The performance will begin in the Museum’s lobby, where the audience gathers to be transported up to the 8th floor, the top of the building. There, the performers will lead the group through the exhibition Fast Forward: Paintings from the 1980s, briefly undergo a test, and cause a resurrection. The performance will include a light breakfast reception and conclude around 8 am.

12 Shouts to the Ten Forgotten Heavens is a three-year iterative performance project by American playwright, director, and performer Sibyl Kempson with her theater company, 7 Daughters of Eve Thtr. & Perf. Co. Presented at the Whitney on twelve occasions, 12 Shouts will mark each solstice and equinox occurring between March 2016 and December 2018 creating a new ceremonial calendar and a contemporary mythology.

Please note: The Museum’s galleries will be closed to the public.

The performance begins at 6 am, and the doors open fifteen minutes before the program begins. Late arrivals will not be admitted.

This event has reached ticketing capacity. 

Sibyl Kempson rings a bell during a Winter Solstice performance
12 PM
Free Daily Tours
An artwork by Peter Cain. The front end of a silver car
1 PM
Floor Seven
Free Tours

Spotlight tours offer an opportunity to slow down and look closely at select highlights from Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection. Guided by a Museum docent, participants are encouraged to study and discuss works together. Each forty-five minute session either focuses on a single work of art, or explores a connection between two works. This session looks at Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (1916) by Robert Henri, and New York Portrait (1970) by Susan Hall.

February–March 2017
Select Mondays, 1 pm

Tours meet in the seventh-floor galleries.

No reservations are necessary, but tours are limited to fifteen people welcome to join on a first come, first served basis.

A portrait of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney by Robert Henri. The Whitney's founder is seen lounging on a couch in her parlor wearing green pajamas
2 PM
Free Daily Tours
A portrait of Michio Ito by Toyo Miyatake


An animation in which artworks appear within the Whitney W
Mar 17–Jun 11, 2017
A performer points to a sculpture installed in the Whitney's stairwell. Spectators surround her
Every solstice and equinox through 2018

Next: June 21, 2017