While the works themselves are awe-inspiring, the logistics of installing an exhibition like this inevitably require extraordinary planning, a little luck, and a lot of hands.
The pioneering comic strip work of German-American artist Lyonel Feininger, subject of the retrospective Lyonel Feininger: At the Edge of the World on view at the Whitney from June through October, inspired the Desert Island Comic Zine Party, an all-day event that energized the Museum on a mid-October afternoon.
“Before I worked in a museum,” says Rebecca Gimenez, the head of the Whitney’s graphic design department, “it didn’t occur to me to wonder how the wall texts found their way onto the walls. They seemed inevitable, like the museum itself was talking to me.”
More than five years ago, the Museum began Whitney Signs, free monthly ASL gallery tours led by museum educators who are deaf. The program soon became overwhelmingly popular, suggesting a need for extended ASL programming.