Public Programs

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

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Feathered Flags:
A Lecture by Paul Chaat Smith

FRI, Jan 19, 2018
6:30 pm

Drawing on his decades-long association with Jimmie Durham as well as his recent curatorial projects at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Paul Chaat Smith explores the contradiction at the heart of the American national project.

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

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Oliver Payne: CHILL OUT

SUN, Jan 21, 2018
4:30 pm

Sign with writing.

Artist Oliver Payne invites visitors to listen to the album Chill Out by the British electronic group The KLF. Bring a blanket or a pillow. No phones, no photography, no talking.

This event has reached ticketing capacity. Doors open at 4:30 pm, performance begins at 5 pm, no late entry and no re-entry.

Study Sessions:
Damien Davis

FRI, Feb 2, 2018
7–8:30 pm

Portrait of Damien Davis.

For each Study Session, an artist, writer, or cultural worker selects a work of art on view in the Whitney’s permanent collection galleries as a departure point for thinking through an urgent question in our contemporary political landscape. This session is led by Damien Davis. 

Free with Museum admission during Pay-As-You-Wish Fridays. Pre-register to skip the line.


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.

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

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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