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January 20 (Inauguration Day), admission is pay‑what‑you‑wish, 10:30 am–10 pm.

Events

People observe art at the 2015 Outsider Art Fair
Contemporaries Events: Contemporaries and Contemporaries Patrons

Contemporaries are invited to receive VIP access to the 2017 New York Outsider Art Fair, the 25th edition of the event, which is dedicated to the advancement of both celebrated and newly discovered self-taught artists from around the world. 

Thursday, January 19–Sunday, January 22

Open to Contemporaries and Contemporaries Patrons. Detailed instructions are sent to active Contemporaries members. Become a member or upgrade your membership, call (212) 570-7746. 

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People observe art at the 2015 Outsider Art Fair
10–11:30 AM
Floor Seven, Robert W. Wilson Galleries
Touch Tour

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 Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection

Space is limited, and reservations are required. Please contact accessfeedback@whitney.org or call (212) 671-1823 to learn more or register.

A visitor engages through touch with a work by Alexander Calder
11 AM
1 PM
3 PM
5 PM
7 PM
8:30 PM
Floor Seven
Free Tours
A painting by John Sonsini. Two central figures, Byron and Ramiro, stand with their arms crossed and hands on their hips. Each has two or three packed suitcases next to them

My America

11 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM, 5 PM, 7 PM, 8:30 PM

Explore immigration, ethnicity, race, and the complexity of American identity through the works on view in Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection. These hour-long tours are given by Whitney Teaching Fellows.

January 20
11 am; 1, 3, 5, 7, 8:30 pm

Free with Museum admission, which is pay-what-you-wish all day on January 20.

A painting by John Sonsini. Two central figures, Byron and Ramiro, stand with their arms crossed and hands on their hips. Each has two or three packed suitcases next to them
11 AM–2 PM
Third Floor, Susan and John Hess Family Theater
Free Events
A painting by John Sonsini. Two central figures, Byron and Ramiro, stand with their arms crossed and hands on their hips. Each has two or three packed suitcases next to them

11 AM–2 PM

Free Events

Artists, writers, and activists affirm their values to resist and reimagine the current political climate. 

Participating Artists and Writers:
Aaron Burr Society
Gina Beavers
Alicia Boyd
Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter (Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Tiona McClodden, and Daniella Rose King)
Chinatown Art Brigade (Betty Yu, Tomie Arai, Liz Moy)
Aruna D’Souza
Jenny Dubnau
Avram Finkelstein
Noah Fischer
Kim Fraczek
Chitra Ganesh
Mariam Ghani
Vijay Iyer
Paddy Johnson
Baseera Khan
Carin Kuoni
Simone Leigh
Kalup Linzy
Yates Mckee
Naeem Mohaiemen
Tracie Morris
Uche Nduka
Tavia Nyong’o
Laura Raicovich
Mark Read
Martha Rosler
Mira Schor
Dread Scott
Gregory Sholette
Pamela Sneed
Jaret Vadera
Madison Zalopany

Contributions from:
Coco Fusco
Guerrilla Girls
Zoe Leonard

This event is organized by Occupy Museums, an arts collective that explores the connections between economics, finance, and the art world. Their work will be included in the 2017 Whitney Biennial

The Hess Theater is wheelchair accessible and equipped with an induction hearing loop and infrared assistive listening system. American Sign Language interpretation will be provided for this program. Learn more about access services.

Free with Museum admission, which is pay-what-you-wish all day on January 20. No advance registration is necessary.

A painting by John Sonsini. Two central figures, Byron and Ramiro, stand with their arms crossed and hands on their hips. Each has two or three packed suitcases next to them
3–4 PM
5–6 PM
7–8 PM
Third Floor, Hearst Artspace, Laurie M. Tisch Education Center
Free Events
A painting by John Sonsini. Two central figures, Byron and Ramiro, stand with their arms crossed and hands on their hips. Each has two or three packed suitcases next to them

Open Discussions: America 2017

3–4 PM, 5–6 PM, 7–8 PM

Artists, writers, and Whitney curators and educators lead conversations about art and American identity. These discussions will use artworks to focus on critical contemporary issues, including immigration; race and ethnicity; and inclusive democracy.

We invite visitors to contribute a short text or image that speaks to their perspectives.

January 20
3–4 pm: Immigration
5–6 pm: Race and Ethnicity
7–8 pm: Inclusive Democracy

The Hearst Artspace is wheelchair accessible and equipped with an induction hearing loop and infrared assistive listening system. American Sign Language interpretation will be provided for this program. Learn more about access services.

Free with Museum admission, which is pay-what-you-wish all day on January 20. No advance registration is necessary.

A painting by John Sonsini. Two central figures, Byron and Ramiro, stand with their arms crossed and hands on their hips. Each has two or three packed suitcases next to them
6:30 PM
Floor Three, Susan and John Hess Family Gallery and Theater
Dreamlands: Film & Video Screenings
The Color of Light

6:30 PM

Dreamlands: Film & Video Screenings

An optical immersion in color and light by artists engaging in the material, sensory and optical qualities of film, painting directly onto celluloid, layering images, and multiple exposures, covering film leader in liquids, scratching, stomping, drawing on and chemically altering the film’s surface, and shifting back and forth between the real world and its vibrant kaleidoscopic abstraction.

Leslie Thornton (b. 1951), Luna, 2013
Marie Menken (1909–1970), Lights, 1966
Jeanne Liotta (b. 1960), Loretta, 2003
Jennifer West (b. 1966), Jam Licking & Sledgehammered Film (70MM Film Leader Covered in Strawberry Jam, Grape Jelly and Orange Marmalade—licked and sledgehammered by Jim Shaw, Marnie Weber, Mariah Csepanyi, Bill Parks, Alex Johns, Karen Liebowitz, Roxana Eslamieh, Chaney Trotter & Jwest—a filmic restaging of moments from Allan Kaprow’s ‘Household’), 2008
Jennifer West, Idyllwild Campfire Smell Film (16mm film neg lit by the campfire and treated with bug spray, white gas, gin, sweat, smoke, pitch, marshmallow, beer, wine, pit toilet, dirt, sap, tent & sleeping bag—featuring marshmallow roasting by a bunch of friends), 2008
Jennifer West, Nirvana Alchemy Film (16mm black & white film soaked in lithium mineral hot springs, pennyroyal tea, doused in mud, sopped in bleach, cherry antacid and laxatives—jumping by Finn West & Jwest), 2007
Maïa Cybelle Carpenter, Sans Titre, 2001
Janis Crystal Lipzin (b. 1945), De Luce 2: Architectura, 2013
Stan Brakhage (1933–2003), Nightmusic, 1986; Dante Quartet, 1987; Garden of Earthly Delights, 1981; Chinese Series, 2003
Raha Raissnia (b. 1968), Free Way (Part II), 2005–2008

Interval

Margaret Honda (b. 1961), Color Correction, 2015

Tickets are required ($12 adults, students, and seniors; free for members). Doors open thirty minutes before the program begins. Ticket holders are guaranteed admission until the start of the program, at which time any unclaimed seats will be released.

Tickets
The Color of Light

Exhibitions

Virginia Overton's windmills artwork installed in a tree on the Randall's Island waterfront
Oct 28, 2016–Feb 5, 2017
Two photographs by artist MPA. A desert landscape is the backdrop as a figure crouches on the ground
Nov 11, 2016–Feb 27, 2017
A performer points to a sculpture installed in the Whitney's stairwell. Spectators surround her
Every solstice and equinox through 2018

Next: March 20, 2017