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Absence that Fills the World:
The Figure in the Work of Jennifer Packer, Jasper Johns, and More

Online, via Zoom

All members

The human figure has always been an abiding motif and impetus for painting. Join Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow Xin Wang to explore how artists currently highlighted in the Whitney’s exhibition program—Jennifer Packer, Jasper Johns, and more—approach the tensions and narratives inherent to figuration as a vessel and site for longing, loss, trauma, and endurance.

Option 1: Monday, December 6
6 pm

Option 2: Saturday, January 8
1:30 pm

Option 3: Tuesday, February 8
6 pm

Xin Wang is a Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow at the Whitney and a Ph.D. candidate in modern and contemporary art at the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, focusing on Soviet hauntology in postmodernism. She has curated and lectured widely in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Her latest writings have appeared in Art in America, Art Agenda, and Mousse. She is currently planning an exhibition that explores extra-human perspectives on survival and entropy in the anthropocene for summer 2022.

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