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Member Night: Celebrating Vida Americana

Wed, Feb 19, 2020
7:30–10:30 pm

All members

We’re celebrating the new exhibition Vida Americana: Mexican Muralists Remake American Art, 1925–1945 with a night of open galleries, talks and tours, performances, dancing, and more!


Mini Tours: Orozco on the Coasts
Floor 5
7:15, 7:45, 8:15, 8:45 pm

Led by teaching fellow Xin Wang

Mini Tours: Epic Histories
Floor 5
7:15, 7:45, 8:15, 8:45 pm

Led by teaching fellow Grant Johnson

Mini Tours: Art as Political Activism
Floor 5
7:15, 7:45, 8:15, 8:45 pm

Led by teaching fellow Janine DeFeo

Seminar Discussion—Crossroads: Muralism and the Harlem Renaissance
Floor 3, Seminar Room
7:30, 8:15, 9 pm

In addition to Mexican muralism, writings from the Harlem Renaissance served as important touchstones for African American artists in the 1940s. Teaching fellow Ayanna Dozier will discuss how Aaron Douglas, Augusta Savage, and Charles White drew on the history of African diasporic struggles to articulate their social visions in public art. 


DJ Sets by Shomi Noise and Horrorchata
Floor 1
7:15, 9:45 pm

Amor Prohibido with Horrorchata and Lady Quesa’Dilla Rodríguez from Yas Mama!
Floor 3, Susan and John Hess Family Theater
8, 9 pm

With a unique rock and punk edge, tribute band Amor Prohibido celebrates Selena Quintanilla as a Latinx icon and foregrounds themes of migration, feminism, and queerness. Led by singer and DJ Shomi Noise, Amor Prohibido is comprised of Nicolas Behncke, Daniel Bloch, Kelly Bran, Kathleen Rivera, and Maria Toro.

Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Horrorchata is a drag queen and DJ as well as the co-founder of Bushwig Festival and producer of the parties Yas Mama! and Be Cute. 

Hailing from the Texas-Mexico frontera, Lady Quesa'Dilla Rodríguez is a drag queen and community organizer working—in her words—at the intersection of chusmeria y jotería.


Collective Unconscious Drawing Games
Floor 3, Hearst Artspace
7:30–9:30 pm

Inspired by Surrealist works of art in the Whitney’s collection, artist and educator Jaqueline Cedar will lead a drop-in exquisite corpse drawing workshop. In this technique, participants draw part of a figure, conceal their contribution, and then pass it to the next player. 


Enjoy late-night access to all galleries until 10 pm. 

Pope.L: Choir
Floor 1

Vida Americana: Mexican Muralists Remake American Art, 1925–1945
Floor 5

Cauleen Smith: Mutualities
Floor 5

Making Knowing: Craft in Art, 1950–2019 
Floor 6

The Whitney’s Collection: Selections from 1900 to 1965
Floor 7


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

Cash Bar
Floor 1 
Cash only; last call at 10:15 pm

Cash Bar
Floor 3
Cash only; last call at 9:45 pm

Studio Cafe and Bar
Floor 8
Cash and credit card accepted; last call at 9:30 pm

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

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