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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  • In her exhibition To Wander Determined, Toyin Ojih Odutola presents an interconnected series of fictional portraits, chronicling the lives of two aristocratic Nigerian families. For this program, Ojih Odutola invites novelist Yaa Gyasi and visual narrator Texas Isaiah to discuss their respective practices as artists and their overlapping and intersecting interests, from narrative and portraiture t...

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  • What does it mean to be an artist in this political moment? An Incomplete History of Protest: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1940–2017 examines how artists have confronted the political and social issues of their day. This panel brings together four artists in the exhibition to speak about their individual aesthetic approaches to the political urgencies of our present moment. Speakers i...

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  • Drawing on his decades-long association with Jimmie Durham as well as his recent curatorial projects at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, Paul Chaat Smith explores the contradiction at the heart of the American national project. He argues that even though the vast majority of the people of the United States have little contact with Indians, they know their lives are shaped ...

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  • To celebrate the publication of Today I Shall Judge Nothing That Occurs, a book of Lyle Ashton Harris’s Ektachrome archive, Harris is joined by an intergenerational group of artists and writers for a night of conversation and reflection. Throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s, Harris photographed the radical cultural scene that emerged in cities across the globe, finding expression in the gall...

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  • For over thirty years, Catherine Opie has used photography to make iconic images of people and places that are often overlooked. For the 2017 Walter Annenberg Lecture, Opie speaks about her practice as an artist and the power of photography in the history of American art and in contemporary life with Adam D. Weinberg, the Museum’s Alice Pratt Brown Director. In honor of the late Walter H. Annenbe...

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  • The exhibition Jimmie Durham: At the Center of the World has triggered critical conversations about who is defined as a Native artist. While these debates have recently entered the mainstream art world, they have been going on for decades in the Native art field, revealing the complexities inherent in the reception of Native artists in the broader contemporary art world. This roundtable discussion...

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  • Over the course of his artistic career, Carroll Dunham has honed in on contemporary American culture with razor-sharp precision through painting, drawing, and sculpture. Dunham’s writing on contemporary artists of his generation, as well as his own practice, applies this detailed focus with the artist’s signature wit and humor. On the occasion of the publication of Into Words: The Selected Writing...

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  • Calder: Hypermobility features an expansive series of performances and events, bringing contemporary artists into dialogue with Alexander Calder as they interplay their own disparate practices with his innovations. In this performance, artist and composer Christian Marclay activates Small Sphere and Heavy Sphere, 1932/33, Calder's first hanging mobile. Cellist Okkyung Lee responds musically to the...

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  • Alexander S. C. Rower, the president of the Calder Foundation and grandson of the artist, presents a one-time activation of the 1936 work, Tightrope. Website: http://www.whitney.org Twitter: https://twitter.com/whitneymuseum Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whitneymuseum Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whitneymuseum

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  • In 1969, while living in London, and a year before relocating to New York City, the Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica wrote, "I have no place in the world." In conjunction with the exhibition Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium, this panel discussion considers Oiticica’s work in relation to transnationalism and the politics of aesthetics and explores the significance of his work to contemporary art...

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