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Member Night

Thurs, Aug 1, 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, 8:45 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.


Studio Club: Figure Drawing
Floor 3, Susan and John Hess Family Theater
Join artist and educator Jaqueline Cedar for an open-level drawing workshop—with live models! Drawings by Peggy Bacon, Alexander Calder, Mabel Dwight, and Edward Hopper will serve as inspiration. These artists and many others were all members of the Whitney Studio Club, a precursor to the Museum which functioned as a social and professional hub for its artist members. Drop-in; concludes at 9:45 pm.


Critical Looking Seminar: After Modernism
Floor 3, Hearst Artspace
7:30, 8:15, 9 pm

Several Biennial artists including Tomashi Jackson and Matthew Angelo Harrison grapple with history of modernist abstraction epitomized by figures such as Josef Albers, Larry Bell, and Robert Rauschenberg. Teaching fellow Ayanna Dozier will lead a discussion addressing how contemporary artists critique and expand the canonical status of modernism as well as its ideological and aesthetic claims.

Mini Tours of The Whitney's Collection: Works by Ed Clark, Jay DeFeo, Norman Lewis, and Jackson Pollock
Floor 7
7:15, 7:45, 8:15, 8:45 pm

Led by teaching fellow Xin Wang.

Mini Tours of the 2019 Biennial: Works by Milano Chow, Iman Issa, and Carissa Rodriguez
Floor 5
7:15, 7:45, 8:15, 8:45 pm

Led by teaching fellow Grant Johnson.

Mini Tours of the 2019 Biennial: Works by Nicole Eisenman, Maia Ruth Lee, Wangechi Mutu
Floor 6 
7:15, 7:45, 8:15, 8:45 pm
Led by teaching fellow Vivian Crockett.


DJ Set by Hesta Prynn: Music Pink and Blue
Floor 1
7:30–9:45 pm
Hang and groove while enjoying a set by Hesta Prynn inspired by Whitney collection works that foreground the perception expanding possibilities of color, from Georgia O’Keeffe’s Music, Pink and Blue No. 2 to Alvin Loving’s Septehedron 34. Hesta Prynn has DJ’ed alongside artists such as Questlove and Mark Ronson and for celebrities including Jimmy Fallon and Amy Schumer.

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
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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