Member Night

Thurs, June 20, 2019
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.


Brendan Fernandes: The Master and Form
Floor 5
7:30–10 pm

The Master and Form by Biennial artist Brendan Fernandes is a sculptural installation activated by ballet dancers. The artist has likened the project to S&M culture with its “emphasis on trust and confidence within a space where roles of mastery and submission are in play.” Throughout Member Night dancers will perform within the installation, undertaking overt displays of tension and discipline.

Laura Ortman
Floor 3, Susan and John Hess Family Theater
8, 9 pm

In these performances Biennial artist Laura Ortman (White Mountain Apache) showcases the range of her practice as a composer, musician, and visual artist. She will play two thirty-minute sets within an installation she is creating, which is on view before and after the performance. Space is limited; first come, first served.


Drop-in Watercolor and Drawing: Deep Color Experiments
Floor 3, Hearst Artspace
Join artist and educator Jaqueline Cedar and explore how geometry and contrasting colors interact to create depth and materiality. Paintings featured in Spilling Over: Painting Color in the 1960s by Helen Frankenthaler, Alvin Loving, and Kenneth Noland will serve as touchstones. Drop-in; concludes at 9:30 pm.


Critical Looking Seminar: Singular Practices, Collective Voices
Floor 3, Seminar Room
7:30, 8:15, 9 pm

We often imagine artists as exceptional, working in isolation. Yet Biennial artists Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Elle Pérez, and Christine Sun Kim use art to frame their relationships to queer communities and communities of care of which they are a part. Teaching fellow Aliza Shvarts will lead a discussion addressing the question: In what ways can an individual art practice articulate a collective voice or demand?

Mini Tours of Spilling Over: Painting Color in the 1960s
Floor 8
7:15, 7:45, 8:15, 8:45 pm

Led by teaching fellow Janine DeFeo.

Mini Tours of the 2019 Biennial: Works by Robert Bittenbender, Maia Ruth Lee, and Wangechi Mutu
Floor 6
7:15, 7:45, 8:15, 8:45 pm

Led by teaching fellow Ayanna Dozier.

Mini Tours of the 2019 Biennial: Works by Nicholas Galanin and Calvin Marcus
Floor 6
7:45, 8:15, 8:45, 9:15 pm

Led by teaching fellow Xin Wang.

Mini Tours of the 2019 Biennial: Works by Christine Sun Kim, Tiona Nekkia McClodden, and Elle Pérez
Floor 5
7:45, 8:15, 8:45, 9:15 pm

Led by teaching fellow Vivian Crockett.


Biennial Photo Booth
Floor 1

Studio Cafe and Bar
Floor 8
For a full range of drinks, stop by the indoor/outdoor rooftop Studio Cafe. Cash and credit card accepted; last call at 9:30 pm.

Cash Bars
Floor 1 and 3, Floor 5 Terrace
Cash Bars will be serving wine, beer, and a specialty cocktail. Cash only; last call at 9:45 pm.

Whitney Shop
Floor 1
Browse the shop for the latest publications and collectibles. Members always save!

Floor 1
The Whitney’s ground floor restaurant is serving dinner all night—make a reservation.

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. Registration is not required; present your membership card(s) for admission.

To become a member or upgrade, call (212) 570-3641.

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



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