The Whitney Museum of American Art – known informally as the "Whitney" – is an art museum located in Manhattan. It was founded in 1931 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (1875–1942), a wealthy and prominent American socialite and art patron after whom the museum is named.

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Whitney Museum of American Art
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  • Description: In conjunction with the exhibition Between the Waters, Demian DinéYazhi’ (Diné) reads selections from their poem: An Infected Sunset. This long-form descriptive prose poem is a reflection on queer sex, survival, death politics, indigenous identity, environmental injustice, and the importance of honoring community. The evening begins with a performance by Laura Ortman (White Mountain ...

Whitney Museum of American Art
Whitney Museum of American Art
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  • For his first solo museum exhibition in the United States, artist Nick Mauss presents Transmissions, a multidisciplinary work exploring the relationship between modernist ballet and the avant-garde visual arts in New York from the 1930s through ’50s. Central to the exhibition is a daily performance by four dancers made in collaboration with Mauss as an interpretative reaction to the artworks and a...

Whitney Museum of American Art
Whitney Museum of American Art
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  • On the occasion of Zoe Leonard: Survey, the artist speaks with writer Rebecca Solnit about their shared interests and commitments ranging from the history of photography and landscapes of the natural and built environment, to feminism and the current political climate. Writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit is the author of twenty books on feminism, western and indigenous history, popular...

Whitney Museum of American Art
Whitney Museum of American Art
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  • This talk by artist Alexis Rockman examines the romanticized and ambivalent view of a pre-industrial rural world in Grant Wood’s landscape paintings. In his talk, Rockman will situate Wood in a tradition of American art in which national identity depends on a personal visual vocabulary. The artist will also discuss his own longstanding engagement with Wood through landscape paintings that mix cont...

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Whitney Museum of American Art
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  • Why is Grant Wood’s work relevant today? Curator Barbara Haskell talks about his iconic work, American Gothic (1930), in the context of contemporary America. Grant Wood: American Gothic and Other Fables reveals a complex, sophisticated artist whose image as a farmer-painter was as mythical as the fables he depicted in his art. The exhibition brings together the full range of his art, from his ea...

Whitney Museum of American Art
Whitney Museum of American Art
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  • Artist Laura Owens created a series of videos featuring over 8,000 unique book covers, which she designed and screen printed by hand for her exhibition catalogue, Owens, Laura. The catalogue features critical essays, literary texts, and short commentaries on a variety of subjects related to Owens’s broad interests. Reflections by more than twenty of Owens’s fellow artists, collaborators, assistant...

Whitney Museum of American Art
Whitney Museum of American Art
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  • Artist Laura Owens created a series of videos featuring over 8,000 unique book covers, which she designed and screen printed by hand for her exhibition catalogue, Owens, Laura. The catalogue features critical essays, literary texts, and short commentaries on a variety of subjects related to Owens’s broad interests. Reflections by more than twenty of Owens’s fellow artists, collaborators, assistant...

Whitney Museum of American Art
Whitney Museum of American Art
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  • Artist Laura Owens created a series of videos featuring over 8,000 unique book covers, which she designed and screen printed by hand for her exhibition catalogue, Owens, Laura. The catalogue features critical essays, literary texts, and short commentaries on a variety of subjects related to Owens’s broad interests. Reflections by more than twenty of Owens’s fellow artists, collaborators, assistant...

Whitney Museum of American Art
Whitney Museum of American Art
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  • Artist Laura Owens created a series of videos featuring over 8,000 unique book covers, which she designed and screen printed by hand for her exhibition catalogue, Owens, Laura. The catalogue features critical essays, literary texts, and short commentaries on a variety of subjects related to Owens’s broad interests. Reflections by more than twenty of Owens’s fellow artists, collaborators, assistant...

Whitney Museum of American Art
Whitney Museum of American Art
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  • Artist Laura Owens created a series of videos featuring over 8,000 unique book covers, which she designed and screen printed by hand for her exhibition catalogue, Owens, Laura. The catalogue features critical essays, literary texts, and short commentaries on a variety of subjects related to Owens’s broad interests. Reflections by more than twenty of Owens’s fellow artists, collaborators, assistant...

Whitney Museum of American Art
Whitney Museum of American Art
YouTube Video
  • Artist Laura Owens created a series of videos featuring over 8,000 unique book covers, which she designed and screen printed by hand for her exhibition catalogue, Owens, Laura. The catalogue features critical essays, literary texts, and short commentaries on a variety of subjects related to Owens’s broad interests. Reflections by more than twenty of Owens’s fellow artists, collaborators, assistant...

Whitney Museum of American Art
Whitney Museum of American Art
YouTube Video
  • Artist Laura Owens created a series of videos featuring over 8,000 unique book covers, which she designed and screen printed by hand for her exhibition catalogue, Owens, Laura. The catalogue features critical essays, literary texts, and short commentaries on a variety of subjects related to Owens’s broad interests. Reflections by more than twenty of Owens’s fellow artists, collaborators, assistant...

Whitney Museum of American Art
Whitney Museum of American Art
YouTube Video
  • Artist Laura Owens created a series of videos featuring over 8,000 unique book covers, which she designed and screen printed by hand for her exhibition catalogue, Owens, Laura. The catalogue features critical essays, literary texts, and short commentaries on a variety of subjects related to Owens’s broad interests. Reflections by more than twenty of Owens’s fellow artists, collaborators, assistant...

Whitney Museum of American Art
Whitney Museum of American Art
YouTube Video
  • Artist Laura Owens created a series of videos featuring over 8,000 unique book covers, which she designed and screen printed by hand for her exhibition catalogue, Owens, Laura. The catalogue features critical essays, literary texts, and short commentaries on a variety of subjects related to Owens’s broad interests. Reflections by more than twenty of Owens’s fellow artists, collaborators, assistant...

Whitney Museum of American Art
Whitney Museum of American Art
YouTube Video
  • Artist Laura Owens created a series of videos featuring over 8,000 unique book covers, which she designed and screen printed by hand for her exhibition catalogue, Owens, Laura. The catalogue features critical essays, literary texts, and short commentaries on a variety of subjects related to Owens’s broad interests. Reflections by more than twenty of Owens’s fellow artists, collaborators, assistant...

Whitney Museum of American Art
Whitney Museum of American Art
YouTube Video
  • Artist Laura Owens created a series of videos featuring over 8,000 unique book covers, which she designed and screen printed by hand for her exhibition catalogue, Owens, Laura. The catalogue features critical essays, literary texts, and short commentaries on a variety of subjects related to Owens’s broad interests. Reflections by more than twenty of Owens’s fellow artists, collaborators, assistant...

Whitney Museum of American Art
Whitney Museum of American Art
YouTube Video
  • Artist Laura Owens created a series of videos featuring over 8,000 unique book covers, which she designed and screen printed by hand for her exhibition catalogue, Owens, Laura. The catalogue features critical essays, literary texts, and short commentaries on a variety of subjects related to Owens’s broad interests. Reflections by more than twenty of Owens’s fellow artists, collaborators, assistant...

Whitney Museum of American Art
Whitney Museum of American Art
YouTube Video
  • Artist Laura Owens created a series of videos featuring over 8,000 unique book covers, which she designed and screen printed by hand for her exhibition catalogue, Owens, Laura. The catalogue features critical essays, literary texts, and short commentaries on a variety of subjects related to Owens’s broad interests. Reflections by more than twenty of Owens’s fellow artists, collaborators, assistant...

Whitney Museum of American Art
Whitney Museum of American Art
YouTube Video
  • Artist Laura Owens created a series of videos featuring over 8,000 unique book covers, which she designed and screen printed by hand for her exhibition catalogue, Owens, Laura. The catalogue features critical essays, literary texts, and short commentaries on a variety of subjects related to Owens’s broad interests. Reflections by more than twenty of Owens’s fellow artists, collaborators, assistant...

Whitney Museum of American Art
Whitney Museum of American Art
YouTube Video
  • Artist Laura Owens created a series of videos featuring over 8,000 unique book covers, which she designed and screen printed by hand for her exhibition catalogue, Owens, Laura. The catalogue features critical essays, literary texts, and short commentaries on a variety of subjects related to Owens’s broad interests. Reflections by more than twenty of Owens’s fellow artists, collaborators, assistant...

Whitney Museum of American Art
Whitney Museum of American Art
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  • Over five years, Zoe Leonard sewed together skins of fruit. Leonard chose not to preserve the resulting work, Strange Fruit (1992–1997), intending for its decay to be on view. It has not been seen publicly since 2001. On the occasion of the work's appearance at the Whitney, a range of voices will reflect on Strange Fruit and its multiple historical inflections, its relevance and resonance today, a...

Whitney Museum of American Art
Whitney Museum of American Art
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  • While he was a teacher in the 1920s, Grant Wood created a mural with his students called Imagination Isles. Based on the artist’s original design and paint colors, Whitney teens re-created this mural for the exhibition Grant Wood: American Gothic and Other Fables. The teens, along with curators Barbara Haskell and Sarah Humphreville, examine this project and the power of imagination in Wood’s work...

Whitney Museum of American Art
Whitney Museum of American Art
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  • Artist Nick Mauss prepares for his upcoming exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Opening March 16, 2018, Nick Mauss: Transmissions explores the history of American modernist ballet, continuing a hybrid mode of working he has pursued for a decade in which the roles of curator, artist, scholar, and performer converge. New works by Mauss—ranging from scores for a ballet to scenic design,...

Whitney Museum of American Art
Whitney Museum of American Art
YouTube Video
  • Artist Nick Mauss prepares for his upcoming exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Opening March 16, 2018, Nick Mauss: Transmissions explores the history of American modernist ballet, continuing a hybrid mode of working he has pursued for a decade in which the roles of curator, artist, scholar, and performer converge. New works by Mauss—ranging from scores for a ballet to scenic design,...

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