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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Perspectives on Indigenous Representations in Vida Americana

Thurs, Feb 27, 2020
6:30–8 pm

This in-gallery discussion looks at specific works in Vida Americana: Mexican Muralists Remake American Art, 1925–1945 to explore representations of Indigenous people. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and contribute to a conversation that will critically examine how stereotypes and mythologies play a central role in Mexican muralism and works by American artists from this period. The program is led by Rick Chavolla and Elizabeth Hutchinson.

This event is free but registration is required.

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The Fight for Clean Water

SUN, Mar 8, 2020
3–4:30 pm

On the occasion of the exhibition Pope.L: Choir, this program brings together four leaders in the field of water safety to talk about drinking water, health, environmental justice, and community activism.

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

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Latinx: Ed Morales in Conversation with Chon A. Noriega

WED, Mar 18, 2020
6:30–8 pm

Author Ed Morales speaks with art historian Chon A. Noriega about Latinx history and culture in the U.S., as well as the evolution of the term Latinx and its relevance for contemporary artists and other cultural producers.

This conversation is the first of three events in a yearlong series at the Whitney focused on new scholarship about Latinx art and culture.

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

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Joan Tisch Teaching Fellows

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.

University Group Tours

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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