Public Programs

Engage with artists, curators, writers, and scholars through innovative programs that explore the Whitney’s current exhibitions and permanent collection.

Mierle Laderman Ukeles on I Make Maintenance Art One Hour Every Day (1976)

THU, Aug 24, 2017
3 pm

Mierle Laderman Ukeles Maintenance Art Installation Shot

On the occasion of the exhibition An Incomplete History of Protest: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1940-2017,  Ukeles speaks about I Make Maintenance Art One Hour Every Day, her role as the official, unsalaried Artist-in-Residence at the New York City Department of Sanitation, and her creation of art as activism.

Free with Museum admission. 

MYTH ASTRAY: A project by Arto Lindsay

Sep 8–Sep 10, 2017

Arto Lindsay performs Desfile Dezesseis.

In conjunction with Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirum, Brazilian-American artist and experimental composer Arto Lindsay devises a series of talks, screenings, and musical performances exploring Tropicália, samba, and the Brazilian avant-garde. 

Full schedule to be announced. Free with Museum admission.

“Mário Pedrosa: On the Affective Nature of Form,” with Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro

SUN, Sep 24, 2017
3 pm

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This talk by curator Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro explores Pedrosa’s life and legacy through an examination of the exhibition Mario Pedrosa: On the Affective Nature of Form, co-curated by Perez-Barreiro and Michelle Sommer and currently on view at the Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid through October 16, 2017. 

Tickets are required ($10 adults; $8 members, students, and seniors). 

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Joan Tisch Teaching Fellows

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This program offers advanced graduate students the opportunity to work directly with the Whitney’s collection and audiences within a supportive community of their peers and museum educators.


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Whitney courses are multi-week programs that examine key issues in twentieth- and twenty-first-century American art and culture.

University Group Tours

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College and university students are invited to come as a class to explore the Whitney, guided by either their professor or one of our Teaching Fellows.

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