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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Derek Fordjour in Conversation with Jennie Goldstein

FRI, May 3, 2019
6:30 pm

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The artist speaks with Jennie Goldstein, Assistant Curator, about the development of his studio practice, his engagement with diverse influences from Americana and Pop to his Ghanaian roots, and how painting can respond to contemporary American experience.

This event has reached ticketing capacity. A limited number of standby tickets may be available at the admissions desk on a first-come, first-served basis. The standby line will open one hour prior to the program's start time.

Pier Groups: A Conversation with Jonathan Weinberg

SUN, May 5, 2019
3 pm

A book cover of three men sitting on the edge of a pier.

To mark the publication of Jonathan Weinberg’s provocative new book Pier Groups, the author speaks with artists Andreas Sterzing and Sasha Wortzel about art, sexuality, and the New York waterfront from the 1970s to the present. In light of the fiftieth anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots, the conversation explores how the area has changed since the 1970s and highlights the artists’ personal recollections of the piers and New York City over the past fifty years.

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

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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.


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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