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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Lyle Ashton Harris: Today I Shall Judge Nothing That Occurs

FRI, Dec 15, 2017
6:30 pm

A boy sitting.

To celebrate the publication of Today I Shall Judge Nothing That Occurs, a book of Lyle Ashton Harris’s Ektachrome archive, Harris is joined by an intergenerational group of artists and writers for a night of conversation and reflection.

Speakers include: Gregg Bordowitz, Johanna Burton, Kimberly Drew, Christopher Y. Lew, Catherine Lord, Jason Moran, Mickalene Thomas, and Iké Ude.

This event is at ticketing capacity.

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). Tickets will go on sale in mid-November.

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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.

Registration is required. Doors open at 4:30 pm, performance begins at 5 pm, no late entry and no re-entry.


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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