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Queer History Walks

Select Fridays and Sundays

At the Museum

Join us for a free walking tour that explores the queer histories of the neighborhood surrounding the Whitney Museum. This walk will bring visitors to select sites near the Whitney's building to reflect on the changing nature of queer community as it formed along the New York waterfront. We will visit the former sites of bars, clubs, and public spaces and consider the intersection between artistic and sexual experimentation that occurred alongside the piers of the West Side.

Our walk will culminate with a look at Day's End (2014–21) by David Hammons, a new permanent public artwork in Hudson River Park that sketches the shape of the former Pier 52 building and references a work by the artist Gordon Matta-Clark from 1975. The layered history of Hammons’s work serves as a model for how the queer history of the city remains a defining presence in the ever changing landscape of the neighborhood that the Whitney now occupies.

Sunday, June 20
2 pm 

Friday, June 25
6:30 pm

Friday, July 23
6:30 pm 

Sunday, August 29
2 pm 

Josh Lubin-Levy is a Joan Tisch Senior Teaching Fellow at the Whitney and recently completed his Ph.D. in performance studies at NYU. For the past ten years, Lubin-Levy has worked as a dance dramaturg and performance curator, and is the editor-in-chief of the Movement Research Performance Journal. He currently teaches in the department of visual studies at the New School and at Wesleyan University.

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Sunrise

Sunset

A 30-second online art project:
Ryan Kuo, Hateful Little Thing

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Vaccination required. All visitors aged 5+ must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination, in accordance with NYC requirements. Visitors aged 18+ must also show photo ID. Face coverings are required. Review the Whitney’s safety guidelines.