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The Artists Council is a patron group comprised of young collectors who share a passion for supporting the Whitney and its commitment to working with living artists. Throughout the year, Artists Council members have the unique opportunity to engage with Whitney artists, often before their work is known to the contemporary art world. With the guidance of Carter Foster, Curator of Drawings, the group gains access to cutting-edge artists’ studios. Carter brings his vast knowledge of American art providing a historical and cultural context around the contemporary.  A Whitney Curator since 2004, his recent exhibitions include, Full House: Views of the Whitney’s Collection at 75, Neither New nor Correct: New Work by Mark Bradford, Claes Oldenburg: Early Sculpture, Drawings, and Happenings Films, Roni Horn aka Roni Horn.

Participation begins with an annual gift of $5,000.

For further information please email patron_groups@whitney.org or call (212) 671-5401.

recent events include:

  • Private artist studio visits with Tom Sachs, Roland Flexner, Robert Longo, Matthew Brannon, Nate Lowman, Vik Muniz, Jane Hammond, Marilyn Minter, and Mark Fox.
  • Exhibition talks and tours with Whitney Artists such as Sara VanDerBeek, Omer Fast, Mark Bradford, Taryn Simon, and many more. Members attend an exclusive behind-the-scenes discussion between the artists and curators, and enjoy cocktails at the opening reception following the discussion.
  • Members-Only brunch with Carter Foster and artists, followed by an exclusive tour of select art galleries to see the latest on the contemporary art scene.
  • A private reception with exclusive access to the Biennial Artists and Curators the night before the exhibition VIP opening receptions (this invitation is exclusively for Artists Council Members)
  • A private installation and discussion with Whitney permanent collection artist and trustee Fred Wilson at The Pace Gallery.

Artists Council members enjoy a preview of Summer of Love before the Cartier dinner.

Artists Council members enjoy a preview of Summer of Love before the Cartier dinner.