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Membership—Bridge to the Future Whitney

The pioneering museum for American artists and art is returning downtown to where it began. In spring 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.


Choose Core Benefits for one or two and then customize your benefits by selecting the Series of your choice.

The two-year Founding Membership gives you Core Benefits for two and provides special access to the new building. Customize your benefits by selecting the Series of your choice.

Contributing Membership

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.

This dynamic group of young patrons, ages 21 to 40, enjoys special access to the Whitney and the NYC art scene. Participation begins with a contribution of $500 or $1,000.

Contemporaries ($500)

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:

  • Invitation to a special New Building Party while the building is under construction
  • All Opening Cocktail Receptions, including the Opening Cocktail Reception celebrating the 2014 Whitney Biennial, Jeff Koons and the opening of the new building!
  • Founding Members celebrations at select Member Saturday Nights
  • Special downtown meet-and-greet with Whitney insiders

Contemporaries: $424 tax-deductible
Founding Contemporaries: $376 tax-deductible per year

Contemporaries Patron ($1,000)

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:

  • Hard-hat tour of the new building during construction
  • Invitation to a special New Building Party while the building is under construction
  • All VIP Opening Cocktail Receptions, including the Opening Cocktail Reception celebrating the 2014 Whitney Biennial, Jeff Koons and the opening of the new building!
  • All Founding Contemporaries benefits

Contemporaries Patron: $812 tax-deductible
Founding Contemporaries Patron: $764 tax-deductible per year


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