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

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Whitney Independent Study Program: Critical Studies Symposium

THU, May 23, 2019
5–9:30 pm

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The Critical Studies Symposium is an evening-long event during which each of the six participants from this year's Whitney Independent Study Critical Studies Program presents a short paper on their current research. Two discussants respond to these papers.

This program is free but registration is required. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Curating the Whitney Biennial 2019

THU, Jun 6, 2019
7 pm

Rujecko Hockley and Jane Panetta.

Join Whitney Biennial 2019 co-curators Rujeko Hockley and Jane Panetta in conversation with Scott Rothkopf, Senior Deputy Director and Nancy and Steve Crown Family Chief Curator, as they discuss the making of the seventy-ninth edition of the Whitney Biennial. The conversation addresses the curators' research process, observations about contemporary art across the United States, and the challenges they faced in planning the exhibition.  

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

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Stonewall 50 Celebration with Tiona Nekkia McClodden

THU, Jun 13, 2019
7:30–9:30 pm

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In collaboration with 2019 Whitney Biennial artist Tiona Nekkia McClodden and inspired by the Meatpacking District’s queer club culture, the Whitney celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots with a free after-hours event featuring DJ SHYBOI, performances, and viewing of the 2019 Whitney Biennial.

This event is for visitors age 21 and over. The event is free but registration is required.


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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.

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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