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💌  In the 2010s, Moyra Davey began mailing color photographs to friends and gallerists, who would return them to her wit...
02/20/2024

💌 In the 2010s, Moyra Davey began mailing color photographs to friends and gallerists, who would return them to her with surface abrasions, dents, tape residue, fingerprints, stamps, and creases—scars from the many hands and mechanisms of the postal system.

The works in this series titled Trust Me feature soft, interior scenes from Davey's own Washington Heights apartment, and relate to the artist's practice of representing her living space through photographs and film.

Don't miss your chance to see the exhibition Trust Me (named after this work) through this Sunday, February 25.

Installation view of Trust Me (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, August 19, 2023–February 2024). Moyra Davey, Trust Me, 2011. Photo: Filip Wolak

The perfect painting to start your day: Edward Hopper's Early Sunday Morning.Hopper described this work as "almost a lit...
02/18/2024

The perfect painting to start your day: Edward Hopper's Early Sunday Morning.

Hopper described this work as "almost a literal translation of Seventh Avenue," yet, in typical Hopper fashion, the street looks as if it could be anywhere.

The lettering in the window signs is illegible, architectural ornament is loosely sketched, and human presence is only suggested by the various curtains in apartment windows. Plus, the long, early morning shadows in the painting would never appear on a north-south street such as Seventh Avenue. Yet these very contrasts of light and shadow, and the succession of verticals and horizontals, create an almost theatrical atmosphere of empty buildings on an unpopulated street at the beginning of the day.

Both peaceful and eerie, Early Sunday Morning elicits a sense of curiosity and wonder.

This collection favorite is on view now in our seventh floor galleries.

, Early Sunday Morning, 1930. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. © Heirs of Josephine N. Hopper/Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Laura Aguilar's Plush Pony series features portraits of regulars at the eponymous le***an bar in Los Angeles.The artist ...
02/17/2024

Laura Aguilar's Plush Pony series features portraits of regulars at the eponymous le***an bar in Los Angeles.

The artist made these photographs in 1992 in the wake of widespread unrest after four LAPD officers were acquitted for the brutal beating of Rodney King. In letters to her friends, Aguilar decried the skewed images of a violent and racialized working class she saw in the news, and the palpable feeling of despair in the city at that time—especially for people of color. The Plush Pony photographs offer another perspective, depicting working-class women as members of a loving and caring community.

Three of Aguilar's photographs are on view through next Sunday, February 25, in Trust Me.

Laura Aguilar, Plush Pony #2, from the series Plush Pony, 1992. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Director’s Discretionary Fund 2019.396. © Laura Aguilar Trust of 2016

Tomorrow, February 17, join us for a day of drum singing, dancing in traditional regalia, conversation, and sharing stor...
02/16/2024

Tomorrow, February 17, join us for a day of drum singing, dancing in traditional regalia, conversation, and sharing stories at this Social Gathering presented by the Whitney in collaboration with the American Indian Community House.

Two Indigenous drum groups will provide music for the afternoon, and attendees will be encouraged to dance and wear regalia to highlight the many different styles of dancing and dress.

This program is free with Museum admission.

Join us for a day of drum singing, dancing in traditional regalia, conversation, and sharing stories at this Social Gathering presented by the Whitney in collaboration with the American Indian Community House (AICH).

Last chance! Natalie Ball: bilwi naats Ga’niipci closes this coming Monday, February 19.The exhibition features a group ...
02/15/2024

Last chance! Natalie Ball: bilwi naats Ga’niipci closes this coming Monday, February 19.

The exhibition features a group of new sculptural assemblages that Ball creates by first gathering a range of materials—including hides, quilts, newspaper, and plywood—then she deconstructs, shapes, and stitches these objects together into layered forms that evoke a bodily presence.

"My work always calls back to narrative, and my work always calls back to community, to ancestors, to right now, and identity," Ball told us.

bilwi naats Ga’niipci is on view in our Lobby gallery, which is accessible to the public free of charge.

Installation view of Natalie Ball: bilwi naats Ga’niipci (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, November 17, 2023 – February 19, 2024). From left to right: ...with a hat to match!, 2023; Baby Board, 2023; ribbon skirtThere’s Indian and then there’s Indian., 2023. Photo: Ron Amstutz

A big snow calls for a big snowball fight. ❄️This photograph by Dawoud Bey shows fellow artist David Hammons (Yes, the s...
02/13/2024

A big snow calls for a big snowball fight. ❄️

This photograph by Dawoud Bey shows fellow artist David Hammons (Yes, the same one whose sculpture Day's End now sits on the Hudson River outside of the Whitney) hawking snowballs in New York City.

On a winter day in 1983, Hammons took on the role of a street vendor, selling a selection of snowballs meticulously organized by size atop a rug on the sidewalk. Bey captured this moment during Hammons's Bliz-aard Ball Sale, years later remarking to the New York Times, "What happened before, where those snowballs came from — between David and I there’s always been an agreement: don’t talk about it. That’s part of the aura of the work."

Dawoud Bey, David Hammons, Bliz-aard Ball Sale I, 1983, printed 2019. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Jack E. Chachkes Endowed Purchase Fund © Dawoud Bey

In His Estate (2022), Mary Manning rephotographed two pictures made decades earlier by their father, Mike, shortly after...
02/12/2024

In His Estate (2022), Mary Manning rephotographed two pictures made decades earlier by their father, Mike, shortly after his death from Covid-19 in 2020.

During Manning's childhood, Mike would regularly pull his car over to photograph flowers he had spotted from the road. The artist now recalls these times with great fondness and used their father's old camera—inherited from him—to make this photograph.

His Estate points to the importance of the everyday: people, objects, and moments made extraordinary through Manning's careful attention to them.

This work is on view in our third floor exhibition Trust Me through Sunday, February 25.

Mary Manning, His Estate, 2022. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Photography Committee. © Mary Manning

Sorry sports fans, we all know the   is really about snacks. 🏈🍟—Claes Oldenburg, French Fries and Ketchup, 1963. Whitney...
02/11/2024

Sorry sports fans, we all know the is really about snacks. 🏈🍟

Claes Oldenburg, French Fries and Ketchup, 1963. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; 50th Anniversary Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Meltzer © Claes Oldenburg

Closing soon! Natalie Ball: bilwi naats Ga’niipci is the artist's first solo exhibition in New York.The exhibition's tit...
02/10/2024

Closing soon! Natalie Ball: bilwi naats Ga’niipci is the artist's first solo exhibition in New York.

The exhibition's title bilwi naats Ga’niipci translates to "we smell like the outside"—an adaptation of an expression Ball associates with her childhood and family in both Black and Indigenous spaces. The word "naats," or "we," reflects her intersecting identities as a Black, Modoc, and Klamath artist working from her ancestral homelands in Southern Oregon and Northern California.

Drawing from various sources and including found, hunted, purchased, and gifted objects, Ball explores how the lives and meanings of materials interconnect with the artist's sense of self through the layering of quilt tops and T-shirts; animal hides and bones; synthetic hair, shoes, beads, and newspapers, among other commercially produced items.

The exhibition is on view through Monday, February 19, in our free first floor gallery.

Installation view of Natalie Ball: bilwi naats Ga’niipci (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, November 17, 2023 – February 19, 2024). Sponge Bobby & The Fork-ed Horn Dancers, 2023. Photo: Ron Amstutz

The hottest ticket in town is free! 🎟️Free Friday Nights is back tonight from 5 to 10 pm with free Museum admission, tou...
02/09/2024

The hottest ticket in town is free! 🎟️

Free Friday Nights is back tonight from 5 to 10 pm with free Museum admission, tours, artmaking, and the best sunset views of NYC.

We've been loving your Free Friday Nights fits. Tag us to be reposted in Stories. See you tonight!

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Second Sundays is back this weekend! ☀️ICYMI, admission to the Whitney is now free all day on the second Sunday of every...
02/06/2024

Second Sundays is back this weekend! ☀️

ICYMI, admission to the Whitney is now free all day on the second Sunday of every month, including this Sunday, February 11. Swing by the Museum before the big game for artmaking, tours, and more.
🎟️ 10:30 am–6 pm, Free admission
🖼️ 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, Recorridos Familiares
✍️ 11 am–3 pm, Artmaking with Dyani White Hawk
🧑‍🎨 11:30 am, 3 pm, Double Take: Dialogue Across Generations
🎨 12 pm, 2:30 pm, Lo destacado en la colección
🤖 12:30 pm, Exhibition Tour: Harold Cohen: AARON
💡 1:30 pm, Exhibition Tour: Collection
🗣️ 4:30 pm, Dialogues on Art: Natalie Ball: bilwi naats Ga’niipci

Though admission is free, tickets are required and capacity is limited. Advance tickets are recommended!

Admission to the Whitney is now free all day on the second Sunday of every month. Visitors of all ages enjoy artmaking, activities, tours, classes, and other special events that celebrate Whitney exhibitions and community events. 

The show considers some of the painful and difficult legacies that have shaped our society..."—Aesthetica Magazine on In...
02/04/2024

The show considers some of the painful and difficult legacies that have shaped our society..."—Aesthetica Magazine on Inheritance

It's the last day to see Inheritance in our sixth floor galleries! The exhibition features a diverse array of works that focus on the impacts of the past across familial, historical, and aesthetic lines.

Maggie Lee, Mommy, 2012–15. Video, color, sound, 55 min. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Film, Video, and New Media Committee 2017.8. © Maggie Lee, courtesy Beta Pictures and Real Fine Arts

Our newest exhibition is unlike anything we've done before. Harold Cohen: AARON traces the evolution of the first Artifi...
02/03/2024

Our newest exhibition is unlike anything we've done before. Harold Cohen: AARON traces the evolution of the first Artificial Intelligence (AI) program designed for making art.

Leaving behind his practice as an established painter in London, Cohen conceived the software in the late 1960s, naming it AARON in 1973. Different from today's AI programs such as DALL-E and Midjourney, AARON represents an earlier phase of artificial intelligence practice, when AI systems were more symbolic, meaning they were manipulating their own formulas and rules. AARON progressed over time to envelop more and more of what Cohen imagined human touch to be across analog mediums.

Learn more about the exhibition, now on view through May: https://whitney.org/exhibitions/harold-cohen-aaron

Harold Cohen, AARON KCAT, 2001. Screenshot. Artificial intelligence software. Dimensions variable. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Digital Art Committee 2023.20. © Harold Cohen Trust

Another edition of Free Fridays is upon us! Ring in the weekend at the Whitney with free admission from 5 to 10 pm, plus...
02/02/2024

Another edition of Free Fridays is upon us! Ring in the weekend at the Whitney with free admission from 5 to 10 pm, plus artmaking, tours, and music by DJ Bembona.

Reserve your free tickets: https://bit.ly/3w0zVts 🪩

There are just a few days left to see Inheritance at the Whitney!Inheritance is an exhibition that reflects on the multi...
02/01/2024

There are just a few days left to see Inheritance at the Whitney!

Inheritance is an exhibition that reflects on the multiple meanings of its namesake—whether celebratory or painful, from one era, person, or idea to the next. Featuring new acquisitions and rarely-seen works from the collection, the exhibition includes artists such as Wakeah Jhane (pictured), Kevin Beasley, Deana Lawson, Sherrie Levine, Kara Walker, and many others.

Don't miss your chance! Inheritance is only on view through this Sunday, February 4.

Wakeah Jhane, Grandmother's Prayers, 2021. Gouache, watercolor, acrylic, graphite pencil and ink on 1986 Ledger paper from an Antique ledger book, 19 × 15 3/8 in. (48.3 × 39.1 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of an anonymous donor courtesy of the People's Art Fund 2022.146. © Wakeah Jhane

We're pleased to host a conversation with Jeffrey Gibson, Dyani White Hawk, and Jenelle Porter, followed by a book signi...
01/31/2024

We're pleased to host a conversation with Jeffrey Gibson, Dyani White Hawk, and Jenelle Porter, followed by a book signing in honor of the new book An Indigenous Present.

The book features an intergenerational group of Indigenous North American artists, musicians, filmmakers, choreographers, architects, writers, photographers, designers, and more to reflect the diverse and expanding field of Indigenous creative practices.

Join us next Wednesday, February 7, in person or online via Zoom. Register below!

Conceived by artist Jeffrey Gibson, An Indigenous Present features an intergenerational group of Indigenous North American artists, musicians, filmmakers, choreographers, architects, writers, photographers, designers, and more to reflect the diverse and expanding field of Indigenous creative practic...

This photograph by An-My Lê shows a curtain hung in a public plaza in New Orleans in front of a statue of the Confederat...
01/30/2024

This photograph by An-My Lê shows a curtain hung in a public plaza in New Orleans in front of a statue of the Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard. The fabric was installed as a temporary barrier during a period of public debate surrounding the statue's future, yet its silhouette remains clearly visible.

In December of 2015, the City Council voted overwhelmingly to remove the statue, along with three other monuments to the Confederacy. This photograph documents an era, during the lead up to the election of President Donald Trump in 2016, in which the U.S. began to confront its legacies of slavery and systemic racism, particularly through monuments and institutions.

"There's something about working with history in the present time that ended up being so attractive to me," Lê said.

Hear more from the artist: https://whitney.org/audio-guides/96?stop=14267.

This work is on view in Inheritance through Sunday, February 4.

An-My Lê, Monument, General P.G.T. Beauregard, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2016, from the series The Silent General, 2015–2017. Inkjet print, 39 1/4 × 55 13/16 in. (99.7 × 141.8 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Photography Committee 2018.86. © An-My Lê, courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery

For the very first time, the Whitney’s annual Walter Annenberg Lecture will focus on digital art with a conversation bet...
01/29/2024

For the very first time, the Whitney’s annual Walter Annenberg Lecture will focus on digital art with a conversation between Nancy Baker Cahill and Museum director Scott Rothkopf.

Baker Cahill—whose AR-focused exhibition CENTO is on view now—will discuss digital art within an art historical context, identifies its subversive potential, and considers how new media art engages the public in transformative and unexpected ways.

Join us this Thursday, February 1, at 6:30 pm in the Museum’s theater or check out the Whitney’s YouTube channel for a livestream. Details and registration below.

Nancy Baker Cahill is an interdisciplinary artist working across augmented reality (AR), immersive video, blockchain, sculpture, and graphite drawing to address systemic power and imagine more equitable futures. Her public art practice aligns with the tradition of feminist land art and emerging scho...

Kambui Olujimi made two works on view now at the Whitney in 2020 during lockdown. Both of these paintings—Hart Island Cr...
01/28/2024

Kambui Olujimi made two works on view now at the Whitney in 2020 during lockdown. Both of these paintings—Hart Island Crew and Your King Is on Fire (the pictured triptych)—describe tumultuous moments familiar to us all.

In our latest podcast minisode, we sat down with Olujimi to hear more about these emotive works. Listen: https://whitney.org/podcast/minisodes. Don't miss your chance to see Olujimi's works in Inheritance, on view through February 4.

Kambui Olujimi, Your King Is on Fire, 2020. 14 × 11 in. (35.6 × 27.9 cm), Watercolor on paper, (b,c) Watercolor and graphite on paper, (a). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Drawing and Print Committee 2021.73a-c © Kambui Olujimi

🚨 Last weekend alert! 🚨 Two exhibitions are closing this Sunday, January 28.Henry Taylor: B Side showcases 30 years of t...
01/27/2024

🚨 Last weekend alert! 🚨 Two exhibitions are closing this Sunday, January 28.

Henry Taylor: B Side showcases 30 years of the celebrated artist's striking paintings, rarely seen drawings, sculptures, plus a installation created just for the Whitney.

Fragments of a Faith Forgotten: The Art of Harry Smith brings together elements of Smith's influential work as a painter, filmmaker, folklorist, ethnomusicologist, and collector in an immersive environment designed by artist Carol Bove.

Reserve timed tickets at whitney.org/tickets

Installation view of Henry Taylor: B Side (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, October 4, 2023-January 28, 2024). Untitled, 2021. Photo: Ryan Lowry
Installation view of Fragments of a Faith Forgotten: The Art of Harry Smith (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, October 4, 2023-January 28, 2024). Photo: Ryan Lowry

01/26/2024

Our series with Whitney librarian Ivy Blackman sparked a lively conversation, including one very popular question: Why no gloves?

Luckily for us, Ivy is back today to tell us precisely why she most often *doesn't* wear gloves when handling books. 👀

01/25/2024

Introducing the 2024 artist list!

We are thrilled to announce that 71 artists and collectives will participate in the 81st installment of the Biennial. These visionary artists interpret our current landscape and tell stories, spark discussion, and comment on issues across a variety of media and disciplines.

Whitney Biennial 2024: Even Better Than The Real Thing opens on March 20, 2024 with Member previews running from March 14 to 18.

🔗 Explore the full list of artists, plus book your tickets now for one of our most talked about exhibitions: https://whitney.org/exhibitions/2024-biennial

Last chance! Fragments of a Faith Forgotten: The Art of Harry Smith is on view only through this Sunday, January 28.Step...
01/24/2024

Last chance! Fragments of a Faith Forgotten: The Art of Harry Smith is on view only through this Sunday, January 28.

Step into the extraordinary world of Harry Smith with one of our most unique exhibitions to date that includes film, painting, music, sculpture, collected objects, and more.

"Looking through 'Fragments,' you'll see things that feel familiar and unremarkable, but together they embody a remarkable set of connections. You're seeing the traces of the person who made the connections first and brought a riot of dissimilar notions into a single space," wrote Artforum.

Book your timed tickets: https://whitney.org/tickets

Harry Smith, still from Film No. 11: Mirror Animations, c. 1957. 16mm film, color, sound; 3:35 min. Sound from The Thelonious Monk Quartet, B-side of Misterioso (Blue Note, 1949), 78 pm. (Courtesy Blue Note under license from Universal Music Enterprises). Courtesy of Anthology Film Archives, New York. © Anthology Film Archives

Time is running out to catch Henry Taylor: B Side at the Whitney!This exhibition showcases 30 years of the celebrated ar...
01/23/2024

Time is running out to catch Henry Taylor: B Side at the Whitney!

This exhibition showcases 30 years of the celebrated artist's striking paintings, rarely seen drawings, sculptures, and a new installation created just for the Whitney. The visionary artist portrays family, friends, cultural icons, and current events to chronicle all facets of life in America.

B Side closes this Sunday, January 28. 🎟️ Reserve tickets now: https://whitney.org/tickets

Installation view of Henry Taylor: B Side (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, October 4, 2023-January 28, 2024). From left to right: Untitled, 2022; Untitled, 2022; Fatty, 2006. Photo: Ryan Lowry

🎧 You're invited to Deep Listening and Light Dancing with Ephraim Asili. 👯This Friday, join Asili in a sonically-oriente...
01/22/2024

🎧 You're invited to Deep Listening and Light Dancing with Ephraim Asili. 👯

This Friday, join Asili in a sonically-oriented session featuring music from the artist's personal vinyl collection.

As part of the experience, a selection of books and catalogues are available to read during the program:
The Immeasurable Equation by Sun Ra
Selected Writings and Interviews by Maryanne Amacher
The Music of Life by Hazrat Inayat Khan
An Individual Note by Daphne Oran
Measuring Time by Ephraim Asili
Golden Ax by Rio Cortez

This program is free! Join us in our third floor theater from 5:30 to 9:30 pm.

Join Ephraim Asili for an evening of deep listening and light dancing to music from the artist’s personal vinyl record collection. This sonically-oriented session will explore themes from Asili’s film The Inheritance (2020), including history, ancestry, radical ideology, and love, as well as his...

We're excited to unveil our new print on demand assortment from the Whitney Shop, featuring works by artists in the Whit...
01/21/2024

We're excited to unveil our new print on demand assortment from the Whitney Shop, featuring works by artists in the Whitney's collection including Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, Mark Rothko, and more.

These prints are produced on heavyweight acid-free paper, with high-density inks that are tested for 100-year stability—delivered directly to your door!

Shop online: https://printshop.whitney.org?lid=124223

In honor of her exhibition Natalie Ball: Bilwi Naats Ga’niipci, we invite you to a conversation with Ball alongside arti...
01/20/2024

In honor of her exhibition Natalie Ball: Bilwi Naats Ga’niipci, we invite you to a conversation with Ball alongside artist and educator Sarah Biscarra Dilley and performer and writer Andrina Wekontash Smith on Thursday, January 25, at 6:30 pm.

Ball will talk about about her practice and her relationships with the people and languages of her communities as a Black, Modoc, and Klamath artist working from her ancestral homelands in Southern Oregon and Northern California.

Join us in person or online via Zoom. Free with registration.

On the occasion of Natalie Ball: Bilwi Naats Ga’niipci, the artist speaks about her practice and her relationships with the people and languages of her communities as a Black, Modoc, and Klamath artist working from her ancestral homelands in Southern Oregon and Northern California. Ball is joined ...

Henry Taylor's A young master (2017) imagines the artist   as an adolescent.Davis—a cofounder of Los Angeles's Undergrou...
01/19/2024

Henry Taylor's A young master (2017) imagines the artist as an adolescent.

Davis—a cofounder of Los Angeles's Underground Museum and a multidisciplinary artist whose figurative work portrayed real and imagined scenes of Black life—was a dear friend of Taylor's and continues to be a significant influence in his life and art.

Painting Davis's portrait two years after his death from a rare form of cancer at age 32 was Taylor's way of "keeping him here and present."

Don't miss your opportunity to see the show, on view through Sunday, January 28.

Installation view of Henry Taylor: B Side (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, October 4, 2023-January 28, 2024). A young master, 2017. Photo: Ryan Lowry

It's almost the weekend, which means it's almost time for Free Friday Nights at the Whitney! ✨ICYMI, every Friday from 5...
01/19/2024

It's almost the weekend, which means it's almost time for Free Friday Nights at the Whitney! ✨

ICYMI, every Friday from 5 to 10 pm we're offering free admission for everyone. This week, we're thrilled to have DJ Bembona, an extraordinary voice in the nightlife scene whose Afro-diasporic approach has inspired many in NYC and beyond.

Come by for a last-chance look at Henry Taylor: B Side and Fragments of a Faith Forgotten: The Art of Harry Smith before they close on January 28! Plus, Frenchette Bakery at the Whitney will be open late until 10 pm.

Reserve your free tickets now! https://whitney.org/visit/free-friday-nights

¡Es casi el fin de semana, lo que significa que es casi la hora de Las noches de viernes gratis en el Whitney!

Por si te lo has perdido, todos los viernes de 5 a 10 pm ofrecemos entrada gratuita para todo los visitantes. Esta semana, estamos encantados de tener a DJ Bembona, una voz extraordinaria en la escena nocturna cuyo enfoque afro-diaspórico ha inspirado a muchos en Nueva York y más allá.

Ven a ver por última vez Henry Taylor: B Side y Fragments of a Faith Forgotten: The Art of Harry Smith antes de su cierre el 28 de enero. Además, la Frenchette Bakery del Whitney estará abierta hasta las 10 de la noche.

Reserva tus boletos gratuitos: https://whitney.org/visit/en-espanol/free-friday-nights

Photos/Fotos: Filip Wolak

01/17/2024

We're counting down the days to our 2024 ! This year's botanical-themed fundraiser on January 30th will have a DJ set by MGMT, plus craft cocktails, art, dancing, and more. 💃🌿🍸

Our annual Art Party proceeds benefit the Museum's ongoing efforts to champion the voices of emerging artists and the Independent Study Program.

Get your tickets now: https://whitney.org/2024-art-party

Snow day! ☃️John Sloan developed this painting, Backyards, Greenwich Village (1914), from pencil sketches made from the ...
01/16/2024

Snow day! ☃️

John Sloan developed this painting, Backyards, Greenwich Village (1914), from pencil sketches made from the window of his apartment on West 4th Street. Sloan was devoted to creating art from what he observed in the streets of NYC, finding "beauty in commonplace things and people."

Here, a private scene of two children building a snowman in a backyard, with a pair of cats and another child watching them from a window above, brings dignity and romance to lives that may otherwise go unnoticed. To modern eyes, this painting may almost seem sentimental. But at the time, American artists typically painted more "elevated" subjects—like society portraits, landscapes, and classical scenes. Sloan's focus on life in the tenements—laundry and all—was quite progressive for his time.

John Sloan, Backyards, Greenwich Village, 1914. Oil on canvas, 26 × 31 15/16 in. (66 × 81.1 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase 36.153. © Delaware Art Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Today is the very last day to see Ruth Asawa Through Line before the exhibition travels to The Menil Collection in Houst...
01/15/2024

Today is the very last day to see Ruth Asawa Through Line before the exhibition travels to The Menil Collection in Houston!

Asawa is widely known for her wire sculptures, but in this exhibition it's her dreamy works on paper that take the spotlight. Experience over 100 of Asawa's drawings that Washington Post says reveal "new depths to the artist."

Ruth Asawa, Looped-wire sculpture drawings included in Ruth Asawa’s Guggenheim Fellowship application (STMT.002), 1952. Ink and graphite on tracing paper, 8 × 11 in. (20.4 × 28 cm). Courtesy the Department of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries. Artwork © 2023 Ruth Asawa Lanier, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy David Zwirner

Ruth Asawa invites us to discover the extraordinary in the everyday. Through drawings of family, friends, nature, and ho...
01/11/2024

Ruth Asawa invites us to discover the extraordinary in the everyday. Through drawings of family, friends, nature, and household objects, Asawa's work shines a light the beauty of our daily encounters.

Our exhibition Ruth Asawa Through Line brings together over 100 of her works, many of which have never before been exhibited. It's your last chance to experience the show before it travels to Houston's The Menil Collection! Through Line is on view only through this coming Monday, January 15.

Don't forget that tomorrow marks our first Free Friday Night from 5 to 10 pm, during which admission is free for all visitors. Plus, on Sunday, our new Second Sundays monthly series launches with free admission and tours all day long. Details + tickets: https://bit.ly/48resIx

Ruth Asawa, Untitled (WC.112, Andrea Jepson) (detail), 1964. Ink on Japanese paper, 18 × 12 in. (45.7 × 30.5 cm). Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; gift of the artist. Artwork © 2023 Ruth Asawa Lanier, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy David Zwirner. Photograph by Jorge Bachmann. Courtesy Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

01/10/2024

In 2024 we're offering even more free admission and programming for everyone! 🎉

In addition to weekly Free Friday Nights from 5 to 10 pm, we're thrilled to launch a new monthly series of free days: Second Sundays. 🌇

Starting this Sunday, January 14, admission to the Museum will be free all day on the second Sunday of every month. Our first event will have live music performances, all-ages artmaking activities, and tours celebrating the blockbuster exhibition Henry Taylor: B Side and the work of artists like Ruth Asawa and Sadie Barnette.

At 11:30 am and 1 pm, performers from Jazz at Lincoln Center will present a kid-friendly concert that explores how African American artists and their experiences have profoundly shaped music in the U.S.

🎟️ Though admission is free, tickets are required and capacity is limited. Advance tickets are recommended—book here: https://bit.ly/47tGW35. See you there!

Second Sundays are made possible by a 3-year grant from the Art Bridges Foundation's Access for All program.

¡En el 2024 ofrecemos más programación gratuita y entrada libre para todos! 🎉

Además Las noches gratis de los viernes de 5 a 10 pm, estamos encantados de lanzar una nueva serie mensual de días gratis: Los segundos domingos gratuitos. 🌇

Empezando este domingo 14 de enero, la entrada al Museo será gratuita durante todo el día y posteriormente los segundos domingos de cada mes. Nuestro primer evento tendrá música en vivo, actividades artísticas para todas las edades y recorridos que celebrarán la exposición Henry Taylor: B Side y el trabajo de artistas como Ruth Asawa y Sadie Barnette.

A las 11:30 am y a la 1 pm, los artistas de Jazz at Lincoln Center presentarán un concierto para niños que explora cómo los artistas afroamericanos y sus experiencias han dado forma a la música estadounidense.

🎟️ ¡Aunque la entrada es libre y debido a que la capacidad es limitada, se requiere reservar boletos con anticipación. Los boletos para el 12 de enero ya están disponibles. Reserva boletos: https://bit.ly/3TRMgtB ¡Los esperamos!

Un generoso apoyo para Los segundos domingos gratuitos, es provisto por el programa Access for All de Art Bridges Foundation.

We're honoring our founder Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney today on her birthday. A professional sculptor, preeminent patron...
01/09/2024

We're honoring our founder Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney today on her birthday. A professional sculptor, preeminent patron, and collector, Mrs. Whitney was a passionate champion of American art and artists, leading her to establish the Museum 94 years ago.

This portrait of Mrs. Whitney hung in her studio on West Eighth Street. She commissioned the work in 1916 from Robert Henri, a leader of the urban realist painters. Here, Henri transformed the traditional genre of a recumbent female—usually a n**e courtesan or the goddess Venus—into a portrait of the quintessential "modern" woman. Her attire and self-possessed demeanor were highly unusual for women of her day.

You can see this portrait now in our seventh floor collection galleries.

Robert Henri, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, 1916. Oil on canvas, 49 15/16 × 72 in. (126.8 × 182.9 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Flora Whitney Miller 86.70.3

01/08/2024

❤️ Free for everyone. 🌃 Every Friday night.

We are so excited to share that our inaugural 2024 Free Friday is this Friday, January 12! Enjoy free admission from 5 to 10 pm, plus special exhibition tours of Ruth Asawa Through Line and Henry Taylor: B Side.

🎟️ Tickets for this Friday are now available! Though admission is free, capacity is limited, so we strongly recommend reserving in advance. Book now: https://bit.ly/3H7r7Eq

Free Friday Nights are generously supported by Jen Rubio and Stewart Butterfield and Paul Arnhold and Wes Gordon.

❤️ Gratis para todos. 🌃 Todos los viernes por la noche.

¡Estamos muy emocionados de compartir que nuestro nuevo programa Las noches gratis de los viernes que se inauguran este viernes 12 de enero de 2024! Disfruta la entrada gratuita de 5 a 10 pm, además de recorridos especiales por las exposiciónes de Ruth Asawa Through Line y Henry Taylor: B Side.

🎟️ ¡Los boletos para este viernes ya están disponibles! Aunque la entrada es gratuita, se recomienda obtener boletos con anticipación en línea, ya que la capacidad es limitada. Reserva boletos: https://bit.ly/3NVtY71

Las noches gratis de los viernes cuentan con el generos apoyo de Jen Rubio y Stewart Butterfield, así como de Paul Arnhold y Wes Gordon.

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