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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The Burning Child: Screening and Conversation with Joseph Leo Koerner and David Breslin

SUN, Nov 17, 2019
3 pm

An image of a man walking down a tree-lined avenue towards a large building

In The Burning Child (2018), renowned art historian Joseph Leo Koerner confronts the mysteries, personal and historical, of a painting by his father, the artist Henry Koerner. 

The screening is followed by a conversation between Joseph Leo Koerner and David Breslin, DeMartini Family Curator and Director of Curatorial Initiatives, about the film and Henry Koerner’s practice as an artist, including his paintings in the Whitney’s permanent collection.

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

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Richard Hawkins on Rachel Harrison

MON, Nov 18, 2019
7 pm

A sculpture with a yellow sphere, black and white photos, and a black tripod-like structure.

In conjunction with Rachel Harrison Life Hack, artist Richard Hawkins responds to the exhibition and Harrison’s practice. Hawkins will be in conversation with Elisabeth Sussman, Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography and co-curator of Rachel Harrison Life Hack.

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

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Paul Chan on Rachel Harrison, or what is non-salvific art

MON, Dec 9, 2019
7 pm

A marker drawing of a Greek sculpture.

In conjunction with Rachel Harrison Life Hack, artist Paul Chan responds to the exhibition and Harrison’s practice. 

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

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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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