Member Night

WED, May 9, 2018
7:30–10 pm

All members

The Whitney is open late—just for members! Celebrate with fellow supporters and enjoy everything the Museum has to offer. In addition to gallery access, the evening includes Whitney teaching fellow-led exhibition talks, members-only dining and shopping, and more.

All members are invited to this event. The invitation is for two individuals per membership household. Members at the Dual level and above are welcome to arrive at 7 pm for early admission. Not open to corporate and reciprocal members. To join or upgrade, call (212) 570-3641.

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Event Schedule 

Nick Mauss: Transmissions—Dance Performance
Floor 8
7:15–9:45 pm

Nick Mauss: Transmissions presents live dance within an exhibition exploring modernist ballet and avant-garde art from the 1930s to the 1950s. The exhibition emphasizes pre-queer histories drawing attention to overt and coded imaging of desire in the art and dance of this time.

Collage Studio: A Sense of Place
Floor 3, Hearst Artspace
7:15–9:45 pm

Many artists, from David Wojnarowicz to Guadalupe Maravilla, have used the visual language of maps to address place, displacement, belonging, and alienation. Explore these themes during this drop-in collage workshop led by artist and educator Mark Joshua Epstein. Two Maps (1965) by Jasper Johns and Constitution III (2013) by Mark Bradford will serve as touchstones.

Critical Looking: The Aesthetics and Politics of Display
Floor 3, Seminar Room
7:30, 8:15, 9 pm

Join teaching fellow Aliza Shvarts for a discussion about the aesthetics and politics of display. Explore the intersections of visibility, power, and representation within and beyond arts institutions, using works by Zoe Leonard, Fred Wilson, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, and others, as touchstones.


Hop on one of the evening’s 15–20 minute talks highlighting collection works that were acquired out of past Whitney Biennials. Inaugurated in 1932, the Whitney’s ongoing series of Annuals and Biennials is the longest running survey of contemporary American art in the world. Since the Biennial’s inception, the Whitney has consistently acquired works from these exhibitions.

From the 1961 Annual: A Woman in the Sun (1961) by Edward Hopper
Floor 7
7:15, 7:45, 8:30, and 9 pm

Walk into the exhibition Where We Are: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1900–1960, and turn right to find the gallery titled The Furniture of Home.

From the 2008 Biennial: Divine Violence (2007) by Daniel Joseph Martinez
Floor 6
7:15, 7:45, 8:30, and 9 pm

Walk left through the exhibition An Incomplete History of Protest: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1940–2017 to find the gallery titled Abuse of Power.

From the 1997 Biennial: The Fae Richard’s Photo Archive (1993–96) by Zoe Leonard 
Floor 5
7:15, 7:45, 8:30, and 9 pm

Enter the exhibition Zoe Leonard: Survey and then turn left. 


Lounge and Groove with DJ Hesta Prynn 
Floor 3, Susan and John Hess Family Theater
7:15–9:45 pm

Take in panoramic views of the Hudson while you show off your best dance moves. DJ Hesta Prynn will be spinning all night!  Hesta Prynn has DJ’ed alongside artists such as Questlove and Mark Ronson and for brands like Spotify and Twitter.

Cash Bars
Floors 1 and 3

Cash bars serving wine and beer are located on the ground floor and in the third-floor Theater Gallery. Last call for cash bars is 9:45 pm.

Studio Cafe
Floor 8

Head to the Studio Cafe, on the Museum’s eighth floor, to savor delicious drinks and shareable small plates. All items are available for purchase a la carte; last call in the Studio Cafe is 9:30 pm.

Floor 1

Still hungry? Untitled, located on the ground floor, will be serving dinner all night—make a reservation.


Member Shopping Week Kick-off
Floor 1, Whitney Shop

Member Shopping Week, May 10–16, kicks off during Member Night! Enjoy extra discounts and explore a Grant Wood–inspired pop-up featuring floral arrangements created by fashion cross-pollinator Lily Kwong.

The Museum building is accessible and has elevator access to all floors. Service animals are welcome. Learn more about access services and amenities.