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Queer History Walks

Select Fridays and Sundays

At the Museum

Join us for a free walking tour that explores the queer histories of the neighborhood surrounding the Whitney Museum. This walk will bring visitors to select sites near the Whitney's building to reflect on the changing nature of queer community as it formed along the New York waterfront. We will visit the former sites of bars, clubs, and public spaces and consider the intersection between artistic and sexual experimentation that occurred alongside the piers of the West Side.

Our walk will culminate with a look at Day's End (2014–21) by David Hammons, a new permanent public artwork that sketches the shape of the former Pier 52 building and references a work by the artist Gordon Matta-Clark from 1975. The layered history of Hammons’s work serves as a model for how the queer history of the city remains a defining presence in the ever changing landscape of the neighborhood that the Whitney now occupies.

Sunday, June 20
2 pm 

Friday, June 25
6:30 pm

Friday, July 23
6:30 pm 

Sunday, August 29
2 pm 

Josh Lubin-Levy is a Joan Tisch Senior Teaching Fellow at the Whitney and recently completed his Ph.D. in performance studies at NYU. For the past ten years, Lubin-Levy has worked as a dance dramaturg and performance curator, and is the editor-in-chief of the Movement Research Performance Journal. He currently teaches in the department of visual studies at the New School and at Wesleyan University.

Free with registration. Capacity is limited to 12 people per tour. Masks and social distancing required. Participants must be able to call in from a personal mobile phone during the tour, and use of headphones is preferred. The safety of our staff and our visitors are of the utmost importance. Please review our COVID-19 safety policies before registering.  

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The Museum building is accessible and has elevator access to all floors. Service animals are welcome. Learn more about access services and amenities.

Sunrise

Sunset

A 30-second online art project:
LaTurbo Avedon, Morning Mirror / Evening Mirror

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Face coverings are still required, even for vaccinated visitors. Learn more about the Whitney’s safety guidelines.