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Ask a Curator:
Salman Toor: How Will I Know

Thurs, Feb 4, 2021
7 pm

Online, via Zoom

Join Christopher Y. Lew, Nancy and Fred Poses Curator, and Ambika Trasi, curatorial assistant, to explore the current exhibition of recent paintings by Salman Toor. Part of the Whitney’s emerging artists program, How Will I Know is Toor’s first solo exhibition at a museum.

In his small-scale figurative works that combine academic technique and a quick, sketch-like style, the artist offers intimate views into the imagined lives of young, queer Brown men residing between New York City and South Asia. Dreamlike color and references to art history bring heightened emotion and an element of fantasy to narratives that are drawn from the artist’s lived experience and explore themes of vulnerability and diasporic community. Lew and Trasi will provide an overview of the exhibition and then take questions from the audience.

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All visitors aged 12 and older must show proof they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine for admission to the Whitney, in accordance with NYC requirements. Visitors aged 18 and older will also be asked to show photo ID. Face coverings are required for all visitors. Learn more about the Whitney’s safety guidelines.