Member Night

Wed, July 18, 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. One-time-use member guest passes may be used. Not open to corporate and reciprocal members.

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Event Schedule

DJ Set by Oscar Nñ of Papi Juice
Floor 1, Griffin Hall
7:15–9:45 pm

Celebrate the opening of the summer exhibitions with NYC-based DJ Oscar Nñ, one of the co-founders of Papi Juice. His sound is a curated blend of global and virtual urban genres with a prominent queer sensibility. Currently, Oscar Nñ is focused on developing his sonic identity, with plans to produce his own sounds in the near future.

Collage and Drawing: “Miles Above the Earth”
Floor 3, Hearst Artspace
7:15–9:45 pm

Explore the artistic process of David Wojnarowicz during this drop-in collage and drawing workshop led by artist and educator Jaqueline Cedar. Found materials and sourced imagery were an essential part of Wojnarowicz’s practice: in his work, a variety of motifs from maps to exotic flowers act as potent symbols addressing sexuality, control, and the separation of urban civilization from nature. Using works by Wojnarowicz as touchstones, the workshop activity will begin with observational drawings of flowers and then continue with collage.

Jaqueline Cedar is a visual artist based in New York City.

Artist Talk: Lorna Simpson in Conversation with Elizabeth Alexander
Floor 3, Susan and John Hess Family Theater
7:30–8:30 pm

On the occasion of her new book Lorna Simpson Collages, the artist will discuss her work with writer Elizabeth Alexander, who contributed the introduction to volume. Using advertising photographs of black women (and men) drawn from vintage issues of Ebony and Jet magazines, Simpson's collages explore the richly nuanced language of hair-as Alexander writes in her introduction: "Black women's hair are galaxies unto themselves, solar systems, moonscapes, volcanic interiors." A book signing will follow immediately after the conversation.

Critical Looking: Memory and Territory
Floor 3, Seminar Room
7:30, 8:15, 9 pm

How does memory—individual and collective—take on material form in art? Who and what is remembered or forgotten and in what locations or spaces? This participatory discussion led by teaching fellow Ayanna Dozier will explore these questions using works from David Wojnarowicz: History Keeps Me Awake at Night and Pacha, Llaqta, Wasichay: Indigenous Space, Modern Architecture, New Art as touchstones.

Exhibition Talks

Hop on to one of the following 15–20 minute talks highlighting 2–3 works in the specified exhibition.

An Incomplete History of Protest: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1940–2017
Floor 6
7:15, 7:45, 8:30, and 9 pm

David Wojnarowicz: History Keeps Me Awake at Night
Floor 5
7:15, 7:45, 8:30, and 9 pm

Pacha, Llaqta, Wasichay: Indigenous Space, Modern Architecture, New Art
Floor 5
7:15, 7:45, 8:30, and 9 pm

Mix, Mingle, Drink, and Dine

Cash Bars
Floors 1 and 3

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

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 9:30pm.

Floor 1

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

Whitney Shop
Floor 1

Browse the shop for the latest exhibition publications and artist-inspired collectibles. Members always save!

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