Member Night

Thurs, June 8, 2017
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 priority admission. One-time-use member guest passes may be used. Not open to corporate and reciprocal members.

To join or upgrade, call (212) 570-3641.


Hélio Oiticica Book Drive
Floor Three, Laurie M. Tisch Education Center, Hearst Artspace
7:15–9:45 pm

Whitney members are invited to contribute reading materials that will be used in the upcoming exhibition Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium, opening in July. The Museum’s exhibition and curatorial teams are looking to stockpile books, pulp fiction novels, and copies of recent periodicals for a work called Eden. Drop your book off during Member Night!

Performance-Inspired Artmaking Workshop

Floor Three, Susan and John Hess Family Theater
7:15–9:45 pm

Take part in a collaborative artmaking workshop inspired by live performance. Over the course of the evening, Hot Hands (Kiowa Hammons and Daonne Huff) will present five new works. After each performance, artist and educator Mark Joshua Epstein will guide participants as they make collaborative drawings in response to the sounds, music, visuals, and words of Hot Hands’ pieces. First come, first served. 

Hot Hands creates multi-disciplinary performance infused with electro-acoustic music, personal narratives, re-appropriated lyrics, object theater, dance, and film, addressing leitmotifs of social critique and identity politics. A piece by Hot Hands, comprising ephemera and props from a 2016 performance, is presented within the Biennial installation Debtfair by Occupy Museums. 

Mark Joshua Epstein is a visual artist and independent curator based in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include Vane Gallery in Newcastle, England and Biquini Wax in Mexico City.

Critical Looking Seminar

Floor Five, Chemi Rosado-Seijo’s Salón-Sala-Salón (Classroom/Gallery/Classroom)
7:30, 8:15, 9 pm

Artists have long explored how vision correlates to ideas of power. Works of art often ask us to consider who is looking, whom or what is being looked at, and how the visibility conferred by art can effect real-world change. Using works from the Biennial and the Whitney’s collection as touchstones, this participatory seminar led by teaching fellow Aliza Shvarts will explore how art can enact and demand a critical awareness—one that asks us to attend to social and political issues beyond the museum walls.

Exhibition Talks

Hop on to one of our 15–20 minute talks that highlight 2–3 works in the exhibition.

2017 Whitney Biennial

Floor Five
7:15, 7:45, 8:30, and 9 pm

Explore the work of Biennial artists Raúl de Nieves, John Divola, and Leigh Ledare with Whitney teaching fellow Meredith Mowder. 

Meet at the far east wall of floor five.

2017 Whitney Biennial

Floor Six

7:15, 7:45, 8:30, and 9 pm

Learn more about the work of Biennial artists Deana Lawson and Henry Taylor with Whitney teaching fellow Maibritt Borgen. 

Meet in the gallery to the left of the stairs and elevators.

Where We Are: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1900–1960

Floor Seven

7:15, 7:45, 8:30, and 9 pm

Join senior Whitney teaching fellow Paula Burleigh in the Of Eros and Dust section of Where We Are to learn about collection pieces including Richmond Barthé’s African Dancer, Morris Louis’s Tet, and Jay DeFeo’s Eyes

Meet in the gallery to the right of the stairs and elevators.

Drink Dine and Shop

Drink and Dine
Come to 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 9:30 pm. Still hungry? Untitled, located on the ground floor, will be serving dinner all night—make a reservation here. Social Series drink tickets may not be used in Studio Cafe or Untitled.

Cash bars serving wine and beer are located on the ground floor and in the third-floor Theater. Last call for cash bars is 9:45 pm. Social Series drink tickets may be used at the cash bars.


Come to the Whitney Shop to browse the newest publications and collectibles. Present your membership card to enjoy your discount.

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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