Public Programs

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

Jed Perl in conversation with Alexander S. C. Rower

MON, Oct 23, 2017
6:30–8 pm

Book jacket for Calder: The Conquest of Time: The Early Years: 1898–1940 by Jed Perl.

Art critic and writer Jed Perl discusses his new book, Calder: The Conquest of Time: The Early Years: 1898–1940, with Alexander S. C. Rower, President of the Calder Foundation. 

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

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Into Words:
Carroll Dunham in conversation with Scott Rothkopf

THU, Oct 26, 2017
6:30–8 pm

Cover of "Into Words: The Selected Writings of Carroll Dunham."

Over the course of his artistic career, Carroll Dunham has honed in on contemporary American culture with razor-sharp precision through painting, drawing, and sculpture. Dunham’s writing on contemporary artists of his generation, as well as his own practice, applies this detailed focus with the artist’s signature wit and humor. On the occasion of the publication of Into Words: The Selected Writings of Carroll Dunham by Badlands Unlimited, the artist speaks with Scott Rothkopf, Deputy Director for Programs and Nancy and Steve Crown Family Chief Curator.

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

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Screening and Conversation: The Female Closet by Barbara Hammer

MON, Oct 30, 2017
6:30 pm

Three women dressed as dandies.

The Female Closet (1998) is an experimental documentary by Barbara Hammer that explores the closeted and not-so-closeted lesbian histories of artists Alice Austen, Hannah Höch, and Nicole Eisenman. The screening will be followed by a conversation.

This event is free. Registration is required.


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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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