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The pioneering museum for American artists and art is returning downtown to where it began. On May 1, 2015, the Whitney will open a new 220,000-square-foot building by architect Renzo Piano, providing today’s artists with unique aspirational spaces to realize their visions. Be a part of this historic moment—and be among the first to see and experience the new building—by becoming a Founding Member. When you become a Founding Member, you will enjoy all the benefits of your level of membership plus many special Founding Member experiences.
In the months leading up to the opening of the new building, Whitney members have access to events and programs as well as other member benefits hosted at various NYC locations.
All members enjoy these core benefits:
Make a commitment to support the Whitney as a member before and beyond the opening of the new building. As supporters of the Capital Campaign, Founding Members enjoy special privileges including:
Choose Core Benefits for one or two and then customize your benefits by selecting the Series of your choice.
Members at our Contributing Levels provide important philanthropic support to the Whitney. Contributing level members may join the Founding Membership program by selecting a two-year membership option or by enrolling in our Auto Renewal program; in both cases we will apply 10% of your first year membership gift to the Whitney Museum Capital Campaign. For the two-year option, if you would like to receive your 10% discount and donate a different amount to the Campaign, simply call our offices at (212) 570-3641.
All Friend-level members receive invitations to opening receptions for all major exhibitions, a special limited-edition gift, Core Benefits for two, and four one-time use guest passes.
Additional Founding Friend Benefits:
All Patron-level members receive invitations to opening receptions for all major exhibitions, a select exhibition catalogue, evening programs including exhibition tours, and two admissions for accompanied guests.
Additional Founding Patron Benefits:
Whitney Circle members receive all Patron level benefits, invitations to VIP exhibition receptions and viewings, exhibition walkthroughs with senior curators, events around NYC like artist studio visits and private collection tours, and admission for an additional two accompanied guests (four total).
Additional Founding Circle Benefits:
Fellow-level members receive all Circle level benefits, as well as semiannual Breakfasts with the Director featuring conversation with an emerging artist, a special Whitney Fellow event, and admission for an additional two accompanied guests (six total).
Additional Founding Fellow Benefits:
All Sponsor-level members receive Fellow level benefits, a dinner or intimate reception with lenders and artists, an annual event with prominent art world figures
Additional Founding Sponsor Benefits:
As a member of the Whitney's young patron group you'll enjoy special access to the Whitney’s curators, artists, and the New York art scene. Events include invitations for two to Opening Cocktail Receptions for major exhibitions; visits to private collections, artists’ studios, and galleries; priority discounted tickets to the Art Party; and invitations to select contemporary art fairs throughout New York City.
Additional Founding Contemporaries Benefits:
Contemporaries benefits, plus private tours of major exhibitions; a select exhibition catalogue/publication; visits to private collections, artists’ studios, and galleries; priority discounted tickets to the Art Party; and invitations to select contemporary art fairs throughout New York City.
Additional Founding Contemporaries Patron Benefits:
A discounted membership is available for working artists residing within the United States who work in one or more of the media that are represented in the Whitney’s collection, including painting, sculpture, drawing, print, photography, film, video, and digital media. Applicants are required to present documentation upon joining or renewing. Accepted forms of documentation include a website, current CV listing exhibitions or other relevant projects, or a recent exhibition announcement.
You must be a full-time student to be eligible. A copy of a student’s current semester ID should accompany applications. Available only in our lobby to U.S. residents.