Member Night

Thurs, Mar 28, 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.

Floor 1
Mini Tours: Warhol Portraits 

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

Teaching fellow Xin Wang will discuss Warhol’s portraits of friends and celebrities.

Photo Booth

Cash Bar
Last call is 9:45 pm.

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

Untitled will be serving dinner all night—make a reservation

Floor 3
Swish, Sketch, Drag: A Warhol-inspired Life Drawing Salon

Floor 3, Susan and John Hess Family Theater
7:15–9:30 pm

Join us for a life drawing class with models who are all performers in New York’s queer nightlife scene. Warhol’s chic pen-and-ink drawings from the 1950s depicting his friends vamping in drag serves as the touchstone for this event. The drawings provide a unique view into the semiprivate, pre-Stonewall queer milieu, and demonstrate Warhol’s sensitive understanding of self-fashioning, of self as performance. Drop in and draw for a few minutes—or longer—and stick around for surprise performances!

Instructor: Jacqueline Cedar
Models: Daphne Always, Maxxx Pleasure, Lady Quesa'Dilla Rodríguez, Miz Jade 

Seminar Discussion: I Shot Andy Warhol—Labor, Feminism, and the Problem of Spectacle
Hearst Artspace
7:30 and 8:45 pm

Join teaching fellows Ayanna Dozier and Aliza Shvarts for a participatory discussion examining Andy Warhol through the lenses of labor and feminist critique. Using the mischaracterization of Valerie Solanas, who shot Warhol in 1968, in the news as a starting point, we will explore the gendered dynamics of agency surrounding authorship and recognition.

Cash Bar
Susan and John Hess Family Theater

Last call is 9:45 pm

Floor 5
Mini Tours: Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Marsha P. Johnson

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

Once on Floor 5, head straight from the elevators or stairs to enter the exhibition, then turn right to meet teaching fellow Vivian Crockett.

Mini Tours: Warhol and Abstraction
7:15, 7:45, 8:30, and 9 pm

Once on Floor 5, turn right and proceed to the large gallery to meet teaching fellow Joshua Lubin-Levy. 

Floor 6
Talk: Conserving Nam June Paik
7:30 and 8:15 pm

Learn about the conservation of Fin de Siècle II by Nam June Paik during this talk with Richard Bloes, senior audiovisual technician, and Reinhard Bek, consulting media conservator. The monumental video sculpture debuted at the Whitney in 1989 and was not publicly exhibited again until 2018. It features in the collection exhibition Programmed: Rules, Codes, and Choreographies in Art, 1965–2018 following an extensive conservation effort spearheaded by Bloes, who had worked with Paik on the original installation in 1989, along with Bek and others.

Floor 7
Show and Tell: Biennial Archives

Frances Mulhall Achilles Library
7–9 pm

Explore the rich history of the Whitney Biennial, the longest-running exhibition to chart contemporary developments in American art. Come by the Museum’s Frances Mulhall Achilles Library to peruse a selection of materials from past Whitney Annual and Biennial exhibitions, dating back to 1932.  
The display includes exhibition catalogues, installation photographs, press clippings, and other items from the Museum’s research collections, assembled by Michael Beiser, research resources assistant; Ivy Blackman, managing librarian; and Tara Hart, archives manager.

Floor 8
Mini Tours: Preview Spilling Over: Painting Color in the 1960s

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

Join teaching fellow Grant Johnson for an introduction to the Whitney’s newest collection display.

Studio Cafe
Head to Studio Cafe to savor delicious drinks and shareable small plates. All items are available for purchase à la carte; last call in Studio Cafe is 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.

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