The Whitney Museum of American Art - Past Events

Below is a list of all past events for The Whitney Museum of American Art. Current and upcoming events, as well as other details, are available on the venue's page.

  • poster for Willa Nasatir Exhibition

    Willa Nasatir Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography - Installation
    • 2017-07-14 - 2017-10-01

    The emerging artist Willa Nasatir (b. 1990) creates photographs routinely informed by a cinematic vocabulary, inspired by the shifting landscape and individuals who inhabit New York, where she works and...More »

  • poster for Hélio Oiticica “To Organize Delirium”

    Hélio Oiticica “To Organize Delirium”

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    • Media: Sculpture - Installation
    • 2017-07-14 - 2017-10-01

    Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium is the first full-scale retrospective in the U.S. in two decades of the Brazilian artist’s work. One of the most original artists of the twentieth century, Oiticica’s...More »

  • poster for Bunny Rogers “Brig Und Ladder”

    Bunny Rogers “Brig Und Ladder”

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    • Media: Sculpture - Installation - Video installation
    • 2017-07-07 - 2017-10-09

    In her work, Bunny Rogers draws from a personal cosmology to explore universal experiences of loss, alienation, and a search for belonging. Her layered installations, videos, and sculptures begin with...More »

  • poster for Lorna Mills “Caughtinmoment”

    Lorna Mills “Caughtinmoment”

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    • Media: Installation
    • 2017-06-21 - 2017-10-02

    In Caughtinmoment Lorna Mills continues her explorations of the gif as an iconic visual form of the online environment by breaking down images of sunrises and sunsets into pixelated components that wriggle...More »

  • poster for “Calder: Hypermobility” Exhibition

    “Calder: Hypermobility” Exhibition

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    • Media: Sculpture - Installation
    • 2017-06-09 - 2017-10-23

    Calder: Hypermobility focuses on the extraordinary breadth of movement and sound in the work of Alexander Calder. This exhibition brings together a rich constellation of key sculptures and provides a rare...More »

  • poster for “Where We Are” Exhibition

    “Where We Are” Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Sculpture - Installation
    • 2017-04-28 - 2017-08-31

    At a time when debate continues over what it means to be American, Where We Are proposes a framework of everyday relationships, institutions, and activities that form an individual’s sense of self. The...More »

  • poster for “Whitney Biennial 2017” Exhibition

    “Whitney Biennial 2017” Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Photography - Sculpture - Installation - Film - Video installation
    • 2017-03-17 - 2017-06-11

    The formation of self and the individual’s place in a turbulent society are among the key themes reflected in the work of the artists selected for the 2017 Whitney Biennial. The exhibition includes sixty-three...More »

  • poster for “Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s” Exhibition

    “Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s” Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2017-01-27 - 2017-05-14

    In the 1980s, painting recaptured the imagination of the contemporary art world against a backdrop of expansive change. An unprecedented number of galleries appeared on the scene, particularly in downtown...More »

  • poster for Virginia Overton “Winter Garden”

    Virginia Overton “Winter Garden”

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    • Media: Installation
    • 2016-10-28 - 2017-02-05

    Virginia Overton (b. 1971; Nashville) creates exhibitions in response to the natural and man-made environments in which she works, often overlaying these sites with diverse references ranging from the...More »

  • poster for “Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016” Exhibition

    “Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016” Exhibition

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    • Media: Installation - Film - Video installation
    • 2016-10-28 - 2017-02-05

    Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016 focuses on the ways in which artists have dismantled and reassembled the conventions of cinema—screen, projection, darkness—to create new experiences of...More »

  • poster for Carmen Herrera “Lines of Sight”

    Carmen Herrera “Lines of Sight”

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2016-09-16 - 2017-01-02

    Carmen Herrera: Lines of Sight is the first museum exhibition of this groundbreaking artist in New York City in nearly two decades. Focusing on the years 1948 to 1978, the period during which Herrera developed...More »

  • poster for Jill Kroesen “Collecting Injustices, Unnecessary Suffering”

    Jill Kroesen “Collecting Injustices, Unnecessary Suffering”

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    • Media: Installation - Film - Performance Art
    • 2016-07-27 - 2016-07-31

    Artist, composer, and singer Jill Kroesen was an essential figure in the 1970s downtown New York performance milieu, working at the intersection of experimental music and then-emerging performance art....More »

  • poster for Sophia Al Maria “Black Friday”

    Sophia Al Maria “Black Friday”

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    • Media: Installation - Video installation
    • 2016-07-26 - 2016-10-31

    For her first solo exhibition in the United States, Sophia Al-Maria (b. 1983) debuts a new video and installation. For nearly a decade, Al-Maria has been finding ways to describe twenty-first-century life...More »

  • poster for Danny Lyon “Message to the Future”

    Danny Lyon “Message to the Future”

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2016-06-17 - 2016-09-25

    Danny Lyon: Message to the Future is the first comprehensive retrospective of the career of Danny Lyon (b. 1942) to be presented in twenty-five years. The exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums...More »

  • poster for Stuart Davis “In Full Swing”

    Stuart Davis “In Full Swing”

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2016-06-10 - 2016-09-25

    Stuart Davis (1892–1964) is one of the preeminent figures of American modernism. With a long career that stretched from the early twentieth century well into the postwar era, he brought a distinctively...More »

  • poster for Virginia Overton “Sculpture Gardens”

    Virginia Overton “Sculpture Gardens”

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    • Media: Sculpture
    • 2016-06-10 - 2016-09-25

    For the second commissioned project on the Whitney’s fifth-floor terrace, New York-based artist Virginia Overton (b. 1971; Nashville, TN) explores the contrast between the concepts of the “sculpture garden”...More »

  • poster for “Mirror Cells” Exhibition

    “Mirror Cells” Exhibition

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    • Media: Installation
    • 2016-05-13 - 2016-08-21

    This exhibition brings together artists Liz Craft, Rochelle Goldberg, Elizabeth Jaeger, Maggie Lee, and Win McCarthy, who often conceive of interconnected works that suggest strange invented worlds. While...More »

  • poster for “Open Plan: Steve McQueen” Exhibition

    “Open Plan: Steve McQueen” Exhibition

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    • Media: Installation
    • 2016-04-29 - 2016-05-14

    From February 26 through May 14, 2016, the Whitney Museum of American Art presents Open Plan, an experimental five-part exhibition using the Museum’s dramatic fifth-floor as a single open gallery, unobstructed...More »

  • poster for June Leaf “Thought Is Infinite”

    June Leaf “Thought Is Infinite”

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    • Media: Drawing
    • 2016-04-27 - 2016-06-17

    For nearly seven decades, June Leaf (b. 1929) has created a deeply imagined world of unreal creatures and settings that metaphorically probe the human condition. She has worked in a long tradition of visionary...More »

  • poster for “Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection” Exhibition

    “Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection” Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing
    • 2016-04-27 - 2017-02-12

    Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection offers new perspectives on one of art’s oldest genres. Drawn entirely from the Museum’s holdings, the more than two hundred works in the exhibition...More »

  • poster for “Open Plan: Cecil Taylor” Exhibition

    “Open Plan: Cecil Taylor” Exhibition

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    • Media: Installation - Performance Art
    • 2016-04-15 - 2016-04-24

    From February 26 through May 14, 2016, the Whitney Museum of American Art will present Open Plan, an experimental five-part exhibition using the Museum’s dramatic fifth-floor as a single open gallery,...More »

  • poster for “Open Plan: Michael Heizer” Exhibition

    “Open Plan: Michael Heizer” Exhibition

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    • Media: Installation
    • 2016-03-26 - 2016-05-14

    From February 26 through May 14, 2016, the Whitney Museum of American Art will present Open Plan, an experimental five-part exhibition using the Museum’s dramatic fifth-floor as a single open gallery,...More »

  • poster for “Open Plan: Lucy Dodd” Exhibition

    “Open Plan: Lucy Dodd” Exhibition

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    • Media: Installation
    • 2016-03-17 - 2016-03-20

    From February 26 through May 14, 2016, the Whitney Museum of American Art will present Open Plan, an experimental five-part exhibition using the Museum’s dramatic fifth-floor as a single open gallery,...More »

  • poster for Andrea Fraser “Open Plan”

    Andrea Fraser “Open Plan”

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    • Media: Installation
    • 2016-02-26 - 2016-05-14

    The Whitney Museum of American Art presents Open Plan, an experimental five-part exhibition using the Museum’s dramatic fifth-floor as a single open gallery, unobstructed by interior walls. The largest...More »

  • poster for Laura Poitras “Astro Noise”

    Laura Poitras “Astro Noise”

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    • Media: Installation
    • 2016-02-05 - 2016-05-01

    Laura Poitras: Astro Noise is the first solo museum exhibition by artist, filmmaker, and journalist Laura Poitras. This immersive installation of new work builds on topics important to Poitras, including...More »

  • poster for “Flatlands” Exhibition

    “Flatlands” Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2016-01-14 - 2016-04-17

    This exhibition brings together paintings by five artists—Nina Chanel Abney, Mathew Cerletty, Jamian Juliano-Villani, Caitlin Keogh, and Orion Martin. Highlighting an engagement with representation among...More »

  • poster for Akunyili Crosby “Before Now After (Mama, Mummy and Mamma)”

    Akunyili Crosby “Before Now After (Mama, Mummy and Mamma)”

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    • Media: Painting - Other
    • 2015-11-23 - 2016-04-23

    Over the course of the next five years, a series of public art installations by key American artists will appear across from the Whitney’s new building and the southern entrance to the High Line, on the...More »

  • poster for “Collected by Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner” Exhibition

    “Collected by Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner” Exhibition

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    • Media: Installation
    • 2015-11-20 - 2016-03-06

    Co-organized by the Whitney and the Centre Pompidou and composed of selections from the noted collection of Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner, this exhibition celebrates American and international...More »

  • poster for Rachel Rose “Everything and More”

    Rachel Rose “Everything and More”

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    • Media: Video installation
    • 2015-10-30 - 2016-02-07

    An emerging artist based in New York, Rachel Rose will receive her first solo exhibition in the United States this fall in the Museum’s fifth-floor Kaufman Gallery. Rose (b. 1986) is known for her striking...More »

  • poster for Frank Stella “A Retrospective”

    Frank Stella “A Retrospective”

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2015-10-30 - 2016-02-07

    The Museum presents a career retrospective of Frank Stella (b. 1936), one of the most important living American artists. This survey will be the most comprehensive presentation of Stella’s career to date,...More »

  • poster for Jared Madere Exhibition

    Jared Madere Exhibition

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    • Media: Installation
    • 2015-10-16 - 2016-01-03

    Jared Madere (b. 1986), an emerging artist based in New York, will receive his first solo exhibition in the United States at the Whitney, creating a new installation in the John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation...More »

  • poster for Archibald Motley “Jazz Age Modernist”

    Archibald Motley “Jazz Age Modernist”

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2015-10-02 - 2016-01-17

    Archibald Motley (1891—1981) was one of the most important figures associated with the Harlem Renaissance and is best known as both a master colorist and a radical interpreter of urban culture. Archibald...More »

  • poster for “The Whitney’s Collection” Exhibition

    “The Whitney’s Collection” Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Other
    • 2015-09-28 - 2016-02-28

    The more than two hundred works on display on the seventh and sixth floors represent a selection of the Whitney Museum of American Art’s collection. Organized in a rough chronological sequence beginning...More »

  • poster for Yuji Agematsu “Walk On A,B,C,”

    Yuji Agematsu “Walk On A,B,C,”

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    • Media: Installation - Performance Art
    • 2015-05-06 - 2015-05-11

    Location: Floor Three Susan and John Hess Family Theater Since the late 1980s, the obsessive and visionary artistic practice of Yuji Agematsu has included daily walks through Manhattan’s streets, during...More »

  • poster for “America Is Hard to See” Exhibition

    “America Is Hard to See” Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Photography - Sculpture - Installation - Video installation
    • 2015-05-01 - 2015-09-27

    When the Whitney Museum of American Art opens its new Renzo Piano-designed home in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District on May 1, 2015, the first exhibition on view will be an unprecedented selection of works...More »

  • poster for Mary Heilmann “Sunset”

    Mary Heilmann “Sunset”

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    • Media: Installation - Video installation
    • 2015-05-01 - 2015-09-27

    Mary Heilmann’s site specific installation Sunset inaugurates the fifth-floor outdoor gallery with sculptural chairs and pink wall elements that play off the geometries of the building. The video Swan...More »

  • poster for Jeff Koons “A Retrospective”

    Jeff Koons “A Retrospective”

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Installation
    • 2014-06-27 - 2014-10-19

    Jeff Koons is widely regarded as one of the most important, influential, popular, and controversial artists of the postwar era. Throughout his career, he has pioneered new approaches to the readymade,...More »

  • poster for “2014 Whitney Biennial” Exhibition

    “2014 Whitney Biennial” Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Other - Sculpture - Other - Video installation - Media Arts
    • 2014-03-07 - 2014-05-25

    The 2014 Whitney Biennial will take a bold new form as three curators from outside the Museum—Stuart Comer (Chief Curator of Media and Performance Art at MoMA), Anthony Elms (Associate Curator at the Institute...More »

  • poster for “American Legends: From Calder to O’Keeffe” Exhibition

    “American Legends: From Calder to O’Keeffe” Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Sculpture - Installation
    • 2013-12-22 - 2014-10-19

    American Legends: From Calder to O’Keeffe showcases the Whitney’s deep holdings of artwork from the first half of the twentieth century by the eighteen leading artists: Oscar Bluemner, Charles Burchfield,...More »

  • poster for “Edward Steichen in the 1920s and 1930s: A Recent Acquisition” Exhibition

    “Edward Steichen in the 1920s and 1930s: A Recent Acquisition” Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2013-12-06 - 2014-02-23

    Edward Steichen in the 1920s and 1930s: A Recent Acquisition presents an extraordinary gift of Edward Steichen photographs given to the Museum by Richard and Jackie Hollander. This exhibition includes...More »

  • poster for “Rituals of Rented Island” Exhibition

    “Rituals of Rented Island” Exhibition

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    • Media: Performance Art
    • 2013-10-31 - 2014-02-02

    This exhibition illuminates a radical period of 1970s performance art that flourished in downtown Manhattan, or what filmmaker and performance artist Jack Smith called “Rented Island,” and still remains...More »

  • poster for Robert Indiana “Beyond LOVE”

    Robert Indiana “Beyond LOVE”

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2013-09-26 - 2014-01-05

    Robert Indiana (b. Robert Clark, 1928) first emerged on the wave of Pop Art that engulfed the art world in the early 1960s. Bold and visually dazzling, his work embraced the vocabulary of highway signs...More »

  • poster for T. J. Wilcox “In the Air”

    T. J. Wilcox “In the Air”

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    • Media: Installation - Film
    • 2013-09-19 - 2014-02-09

    For T. J. Wilcox: In the Air, the New York-based artist has created a remarkable new panoramic film installation, which will fill up most of the second floor of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Here...More »

  • poster for “Test Pattern” Exhibition

    “Test Pattern” Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Installation - Ceramics
    • 2013-08-22 - 2013-12-01

    A selection of recent acquisitions from the Museum’s permanent collection, Test Pattern brings together works, made mostly in the last three years, that demonstrate artists’ shared interests in investigating...More »

  • poster for Robert Irwin “Scrim veil—Black rectangle—Natural light, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1977)”

    Robert Irwin “Scrim veil—Black rectangle—Natural light, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1977)”

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    • Media: Installation
    • 2013-06-27 - 2013-09-01

    Scrim veil—Black rectangle—Natural light, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1977), by California Light and Space artist Robert Irwin, is a large-scale installation that uniquely engages the Whitney’s...More »

  • poster for David Hockney “The Jugglers”

    David Hockney “The Jugglers”

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    • Media: Video installation
    • 2013-05-23 - 2013-09-01

    This exhibition marks the U.S. premiere of David Hockney’s first video installation: The Jugglers, June 24th 2012 (2012). Filmed using eighteen fixed cameras, this multiscreen tableau shows a group of...More »

  • poster for Edward Hopper “Hopper Drawing”

    Edward Hopper “Hopper Drawing”

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    • Media: Drawing
    • 2013-05-23 - 2013-10-06

    Hopper Drawing is the first major museum exhibition to focus on the drawings and creative process of Edward Hopper (1882–1967). More than anything else, Hopper’s drawings reveal the continually evolving...More »

  • poster for Bruce Conner “THE WHITE ROSE”

    Bruce Conner “THE WHITE ROSE”

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    • Media: Film
    • 2013-04-25 - 2013-05-12

    Screened in conjunction with Jay DeFeo: A Retrospective, Bruce Conner’s short film, THE WHITE ROSE (1967), chronicles the removal of DeFeo’s nearly one-ton masterpiece, The Rose (1958-66), from her second-story...More »

  • poster for “I, YOU, WE” Exhibition

    “I, YOU, WE” Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Sculpture
    • 2013-04-25 - 2013-09-01

    I, you, we: three very commonplace words. These pronouns—with all their implied complexities of meaning—provide an unexpected guide for assessing the works of art from the 1980s and early 1990s in the...More »

  • poster for Jay DeFeo Exhibition

    Jay DeFeo Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Photography - Other - Sculpture - Other
    • 2013-02-28 - 2013-06-02

    This retrospective is the definitive exhibition to date of the work of Jay DeFeo (1929–89). At the outset of her career in the 1950s, DeFeo was at the center of a vibrant community of Beat artists, poets,...More »

  • poster for "Blues for Smoke" Exhibition

    "Blues for Smoke" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Photography - Sculpture - Installation
    • 2013-02-07 - 2013-04-28

    Blues for Smoke is an interdisciplinary exhibition that explores a wide range of contemporary art through the lens of the blues and blues aesthetics. Turning to the blues not simply as a musical category...More »

  • poster for "American Legends: From Calder to O’Keeffe" Exhibition

    "American Legends: From Calder to O’Keeffe" Exhibition

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    • Media: Graphics - Painting - Drawing - Photography - Other - Installation - Other
    • 2012-12-22 - 2013-03-31

    American Legends: From Calder to O’Keeffe showcases the Whitney’s deep holdings of artwork from the first half of the twentieth century by the eighteen leading artists: Oscar Bluemner, Charles Burchfield,...More »

  • poster for "Sinister Pop" Exhibition

    "Sinister Pop" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Prints - Other - Installation - Other
    • 2012-11-15 - 2013-01-15

    Sinister Pop presents an inventive take on the Museum’s rich and diverse holdings of Pop art from the movement’s inception in the early 1960s through its aftershocks a decade later. Although Pop art often...More »

  • poster for "Dark and Deadpan: Pop in TV and the Movies" Exhibition

    "Dark and Deadpan: Pop in TV and the Movies" Exhibition

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    • Media: Other - Film
    • 2012-11-15 - 2013-01-15

    From Andy Warhol’s commercial for Schrafft’s restaurants to Sherman Price’s film The Imp-Probable Mr. Weegee, starring Weegee as a crazy photographer, footage of the moon landing, and George Kuchar’s mock...More »

  • poster for Trisha Baga "Plymouth Rock 2"

    Trisha Baga "Plymouth Rock 2"

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    • Media: Video installation
    • 2012-11-09 - 2013-01-27

    Plymouth Rock 2, New York–based artist Trisha Baga’s first US solo show, is a two-channel projection compiled from a variety of found and original video and audio material. Baga projects this collaged...More »

  • poster for "Richard Artschwager!" Exhibition

    "Richard Artschwager!" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Sculpture - Installation
    • 2012-10-25 - 2013-02-03

    Richard Artschwager’s first solo exhibition was in 1965 at the age of forty-two at Leo Castelli Gallery. Since then his work has been shown throughout the world, and his enigmatic and diverse oeuvre has...More »

  • poster for "Wade Guyton OS" Exhibition

    "Wade Guyton OS" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Photography - Sculpture
    • 2012-10-04 - 2013-01-13

    Over the past decade, New York–based artist Wade Guyton (b. 1972) has pioneered a groundbreaking body of work that explores our changing relationships to images and artworks through the use of common digital...More »

  • poster for Sharon Hayes "There's So Much I Want To Say To You"

    Sharon Hayes "There's So Much I Want To Say To You"

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    • Media: Digital
    • 2012-07-21 - 2012-09-09

    Sharon Hayes (b. 1970) is a New York–based artist whose work in photography, film, video, sound, and performance examines the nexus between politics, history, speech, and desire. This exhibition, conceived...More »

  • poster for Yayoi Kusama Exhibition

    Yayoi Kusama Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Sculpture
    • 2012-07-12 - 2012-09-30

    Well known for her use of dense patterns of polka dots and nets, as well as her intense, large-scale environments, Yayoi Kusama’s art encompasses an astonishing variety of media, including painting, drawing,...More »

  • poster for Oskar Fischinger Exhibition

    Oskar Fischinger Exhibition

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    • Media: Installation - Film
    • 2012-06-28 - 2012-10-28

    This exhibition presents one of the first multimedia projections ever made—Oskar Fischinger’s Raumlichtkunst (Space Light Art), a recreation of his multiple-screen film events first shown in Germany in...More »

  • poster for "Signs & Symbols" Exhibition

    "Signs & Symbols" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2012-06-28 - 2012-10-28

    Drawn from the Museum’s deep holdings of paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and photographs, Signs & Symbols sheds new light on the development of American abstraction during the critical postwar...More »

  • poster for ". . . As Apple Pie" Exhibition

    ". . . As Apple Pie" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing
    • 2012-06-08 - 2012-09-02

    Images, like words, trigger a cultural and emotional knowledge of a shared national ethos. Artists have used this pictorial shorthand—sometimes straightforward, often obliquely—to comment on this country,...More »

  • poster for "2012 Whitney Biennial" Exhibition

    "2012 Whitney Biennial" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Photography - Sculpture
    • 2012-03-01 - 2012-05-27

    Sculpture, painting, installations, and photography—as well as dance, theater, music, and film—will fill the galleries of the Whitney Museum of American Art in the latest edition of the Whitney Biennial....More »

  • poster for Sherrie Levine "Mayhem"

    Sherrie Levine "Mayhem"

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    • Media: Sculpture
    • 2011-11-10 - 2012-01-29

    Sherrie Levine (b. 1947) has transformed and re-contextualized images and objects in her work since the late 1970s, often presenting them as installations that provide a compelling sense of context. This...More »

  • poster for Aleksandra Mir "The Seduction of Galileo Galilei"

    Aleksandra Mir "The Seduction of Galileo Galilei"

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    • Media: Video installation
    • 2011-10-20 - 2012-02-19

    Aleksandra Mir (b. 1967) develops projects that take her around the world to examine the dynamics of popular cultural myths and historical events. In The Seduction of Galileo Galilei (2011), Mir engages...More »

  • poster for "Three Landscapes: A Film Installation by Roy Lichtenstein" Exhibition

    "Three Landscapes: A Film Installation by Roy Lichtenstein" Exhibition

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    • Media: Film
    • 2011-10-06 - 2012-02-12

    This exhibition presents Three Landscapes, a little-known triple screen film installation by Roy Lichtenstein, unseen since its showing at the Los Angeles County Museum in 1971 as part of the groundbreaking...More »

  • poster for "Real/Surreal" Exhibition

    "Real/Surreal" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2011-10-06 - 2012-02-12

    This exhibition, drawn entirely from the deep holdings of the Whitney Museum’s permanent collection, will focus on the tension and overlap between two strong currents in twentieth century art. Although...More »

  • poster for David Smith "Cubes and Anarchy"

    David Smith "Cubes and Anarchy"

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    • Media: Sculpture
    • 2011-10-06 - 2012-01-08

    A fresh look at the work of the great American sculptor David Smith (1906–1965), Cubes and Anarchy offers new insights into the artist’s career-long involvement with geometric forms. Traditionally, the...More »

  • poster for Xavier Cha "Body Drama"

    Xavier Cha "Body Drama"

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    • Media: Installation - Digital - Performance Art
    • 2011-06-30 - 2011-10-09

    New York–based artist Xavier Cha incorporates video and installation in performances that play with multiple perspectives and deferred access, reflecting our fractured contemporary experience. For her...More »

  • poster for Lyonel Feininger "At the Edge of the World"

    Lyonel Feininger "At the Edge of the World"

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2011-06-30 - 2011-10-16

    Born and raised in New York, Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956) moved at the age of sixteen to Germany, where he became one of the leading practitioners of German Expressionism and the Bauhaus. In the late 1930s,...More »

  • poster for "Cory Arcangel: Pro Tools" Exhibition

    "Cory Arcangel: Pro Tools" Exhibition

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    • Media: Prints - Sculpture - Media Arts
    • 2011-05-26 - 2011-09-11

    "Cory Arcangel: Pro Tools", an exhibition of new work, revolves around the concept of “product demonstrations.” All of the works featured in the exhibition—ranging from video games, single channel video,...More »

  • poster for “Designing the Whitney of the Future” Exhibition

    “Designing the Whitney of the Future” Exhibition

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    • Media: Architecture
    • 2011-05-26 - 2012-02-19

    On May 24, 2011, the Whitney Museum breaks ground on a new building designed by renowned architect Renzo Piano and located between the High Line and the Hudson River Park in the Meatpacking District. In...More »

  • poster for "More Than That: Films by Kevin Jerome Everson" Exhibition

    "More Than That: Films by Kevin Jerome Everson" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Film
    • 2011-04-28 - 2011-09-18

    Kevin Jerome Everson (b. 1965) works in film, painting, sculpture, and photography. His filmic fables, the focus of this exhibition, articulate the profound within the ordinariness of everyday life. Everson,...More »

  • poster for "Breaking Ground: The Whitney's Founding Collection" Exhibition

    "Breaking Ground: The Whitney's Founding Collection" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture
    • 2011-04-28 - 2011-09-18

    At the turn of the twentieth century, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, an heiress and sculptor born to one of America’s wealthiest families, began to assemble a rich and highly diverse collection of modern...More »

  • poster for Dianna Molzan "Bologna Meissen"

    Dianna Molzan "Bologna Meissen"

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Sculpture
    • 2011-04-08 - 2011-06-19

    Dianna Molzan’s canvases engage in an open and unpredictable dialogue with the history of abstract painting. While the works display a range of material approaches that vary from painting to painting,...More »

  • poster for Glenn Ligon "America"

    Glenn Ligon "America"

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Sculpture
    • 2011-03-10 - 2011-06-05

    This exhibition features roughly one hundred works, including paintings, prints, photography, drawings, and sculptural installations, as well as striking recent neon reliefs, one newly commissioned for...More »

  • poster for "Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection" Exhibition

    "Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Photography - Sculpture
    • 2011-02-10 - 2011-05-01

    Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection presents a selection of works from the historic gift of art pledged to the Whitney in May 2010 by longtime Museum trustee Emily Fisher Landau. Considered one...More »

  • poster for Singular Visions

    Singular Visions

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    • Media: Sculpture - Installation
    • 2010-12-16 - 2012-08-05

    At a time when images barrage us everywhere from our televisions to our mobile phones, the latest reinstallation of the Whitney’s permanent collection galleries invites visitors to slow down and experience...More »

  • poster for Karthik Pandian "Unearth"

    Karthik Pandian "Unearth"

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    • Media: Graphics - Painting - Photography - Prints
    • 2010-12-15 - 2011-03-27

    Los Angeles-based artist Karthik Pandian uses 16mm film and architectural constructions to examine the relationship between ancient and modern cultures and the ways in which contemporary societies understand...More »

  • poster for Charles LeDray "WORKWORKWORKWORKWORK"

    Charles LeDray "WORKWORKWORKWORKWORK"

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    • Media: Installation - Fashion
    • 2010-11-18 - 2011-02-13

    Over the past twenty years, New York-based sculptor Charles LeDray (b. 1960, Seattle) has created a highly distinctive and powerful body of work using such materials as sewn cloth, carved human bone, and...More »

  • poster for Slater Bradley and Ed Lachman "Shadow"

    Slater Bradley and Ed Lachman "Shadow"

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    • Media: Film - Digital
    • 2010-10-29 - 2011-04-10

    Shadow (2010), a new video work by Slater Bradley in collaboration with Academy Award–nominated cinematographer Ed Lachman, takes as its inspiration the unfinished Hollywood film Dark Blood (1993), which...More »

  • poster for Edward Hopper "Modern Life: Edward Hopper and His Time"

    Edward Hopper "Modern Life: Edward Hopper and His Time"

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2010-10-28 - 2011-04-10

    Modern Life: Edward Hopper and His Time traces the development of realism in American art between 1900 and 1940, emphasizing the diverse ways that artists depicted the sweeping transformations in urban...More »

  • poster for Paul Thek "Diver, a Retrospective"

    Paul Thek "Diver, a Retrospective"

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    • Media: Sculpture - Installation
    • 2010-10-21 - 2011-01-09

    Paul Thek: Diver, a Retrospective is the first retrospective in the United States devoted to the legendary American artist Paul Thek (1933-1988). A sculptor, painter, and one of the first artists to create...More »

  • poster for Trisha Brown "Off the Wall: Part 2"

    Trisha Brown "Off the Wall: Part 2"

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    • Media: Performance Art
    • 2010-09-30 - 2010-10-03

    Off the Wall: Part 2: Seven Works by Trisha Brown, features the Trisha Brown Dance Company, on the occasion of the company’s fortieth anniversary, performing iconic works from the 1970s, including the...More »

  • poster for Sara VanDerBeek "To Think of Time"

    Sara VanDerBeek "To Think of Time"

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2010-09-17 - 2010-12-05

    Sara VanDerBeek's quiet semi-abstract photographs are based predominantly on sculptural forms created by the artist. In the past, she has collected pictures from various sources, including art history...More »

  • poster for Lee Friedlander "America By Car"

    Lee Friedlander "America By Car"

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2010-09-04 - 2010-11-28

    Driving across most of the country’s fifty states in an ordinary rental car, master photographer Lee Friedlander (b. 1934) applied the brilliantly simple conceit of deploying the sideview mirror, rearview...More »

  • poster for Christian Marclay "Festival"

    Christian Marclay "Festival"

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    • Media: Photography - Installation - Performance Art
    • 2010-07-01 - 2010-09-26

    Artist/composer Christian Marclay (b. 1955) is known for his distinctive fusion of image and sound. Celebrated as a pioneer of turntablism, Marclay transforms sound and music into visual and physical forms...More »

  • poster for Jill Magid "A Reasonable Man in a Box"

    Jill Magid "A Reasonable Man in a Box"

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    • Media: Video installation
    • 2010-07-01 - 2010-09-12

    In her first solo exhibition in an American museum, Jill Magid (b. 1973) continues to explore means of penetrating closed systems of power. Taking institutional structures, rules, laws, and language as...More »

  • poster for "Off the Wall: Part 1—Thirty Performative Actions" Exhibition

    "Off the Wall: Part 1—Thirty Performative Actions" Exhibition

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    • Media: Performance Art
    • 2010-07-01 - 2010-09-19

    The first installation in a two-part exhibition, Off the Wall: Part 1—Thirty Performative Actions, focuses on actions using the body in live performance, in front of the camera, or in relation to a photographic...More »

  • poster for Charles Burchfield "Heat Waves in a Swamp"

    Charles Burchfield "Heat Waves in a Swamp"

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2010-06-24 - 2010-10-17

    Although he lived next door to Niagara Falls, artist Charles Burchfield (1893–1967) chose to focus his nature-based art on the ground beneath his feet. Curated by artist Robert Gober, this exhibition features...More »

  • poster for "Facing the Artist: Portraits by John Jonas Gruen" Exhibition

    "Facing the Artist: Portraits by John Jonas Gruen" Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2010-06-03 - 2010-08-08

    Writing in the volume of photographs from which this exhibition takes its title, art historian Justin Spring notes: “John Jonas Gruen has made it his business to be in the right place at the right time....More »

  • poster for Whitney Biennial 2010

    Whitney Biennial 2010

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Photography - Sculpture - Installation - Video installation - Performance Art
    • 2010-02-25 - 2010-05-30

    The Biennial is the Whitney’s panoramic signature survey of the latest in American art. It includes a blend of well established artists together with a predominance of emerging artists from all over the...More »

  • poster for "Collecting Biennials" Exhibition

    "Collecting Biennials" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Photography - Prints - Sculpture - Installation
    • 2010-01-16 - 2010-11-28

    As a prelude, counterpoint, and coda to the Biennial, the Museum’s fifth floor is devoted to artists in the Whitney’s collection whose works were shown in Biennials over the past eight decades. Collecting...More »

  • poster for Omer Fast "Nostalgia"

    Omer Fast "Nostalgia"

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    • Media: Film
    • 2009-12-10 - 2010-02-14

    Omer Fast plays with the conventions of television and film, creating nonlinear narratives that blur the boundaries between documentary and fiction. This exhibition features recent work by Fast, who received...More »

  • poster for Roni Horn "Roni Horn aka Roni Horn"

    Roni Horn "Roni Horn aka Roni Horn"

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2009-11-06 - 2010-01-24

    For more than thirty years, Roni Horn (b. 1955) has been developing work of concentrated visual power and intellectual rigor, often exploring issues of gender, identity, androgyny, and the complex relationship...More »

  • poster for Alice Guy Blaché "Cinema Pioneer"

    Alice Guy Blaché "Cinema Pioneer"

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    • Media: Film
    • 2009-11-06 - 2010-01-24

    This is the first comprehensive retrospective of the films of Alice Guy Blaché (1873–1968), a key but unsung figure of the early years of cinema, the first woman director, and the first woman to establish...More »

  • poster for "Walter Annenberg Annual Lecture: Bill Viola" Conversations on Art

    "Walter Annenberg Annual Lecture: Bill Viola" Conversations on Art

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    • Media: Art Talk
    • 2009-10-27 - 2009-10-27

    A pioneer in the medium of video art, Bill Viola has been instrumental in establishing video as a vital form of contemporary art. Often drawing on religious iconography and historical narratives, Viola’s...More »

  • poster for "Steve Wolfe on Paper" Exhibition

    "Steve Wolfe on Paper" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Other
    • 2009-09-30 - 2009-11-29

    For over two decades, Steve Wolfe (b. 1955) has created objects and drawings of astounding craft and visual presence that investigate the intersections among material culture, intellectual history, and...More »

  • poster for "A Few Frames: Photography and the Contact Sheet" Exhibition

    "A Few Frames: Photography and the Contact Sheet" Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2009-09-25 - 2010-01-03

    In this selection of works drawn principally from the Whitney’s permanent collection, the repetitive image of the proof sheet is the leitmotif in a variety of works spanning the range of the Museum's photography...More »

  • poster for Georgia O’Keeffe "Abstraction"

    Georgia O’Keeffe "Abstraction"

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2009-09-17 - 2010-01-17

    The artistic achievement of Georgia O’Keeffe is examined from a fresh perspective in Georgia O’Keeffe: Abstraction, a landmark exhibition debuting this fall at the Whitney Museum of American Art. While...More »

  • poster for Dan Graham "Beyond"

    Dan Graham "Beyond"

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    • Media: Photography - Other - Film - Video installation
    • 2009-06-25 - 2009-10-11

    Dan Graham, one of the pioneering figures of contemporary art, is the subject of a landmark retrospective, "Beyond," the first-ever comprehensive museum survey of Graham’s career to be done in the United...More »

  • poster for "Photoconceptualism, 1966–1973" Exhibition

    "Photoconceptualism, 1966–1973" Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2009-05-22 - 2009-09-20

    The final installment in a three-part series taking a closer look at photography in the Whitney’s collection, this exhibition focuses on works by conceptual artists of the late 1960s and early 1970s. During...More »

  • poster for Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen Exhibition

    Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Sculpture
    • 2009-05-07 - 2009-09-06

    One of the most innovative artists of the postwar period, Claes Oldenburg (b. 1929) is best known for sculptures and drawings that disrupt our expectations of how ordinary objects “behave.” In 1976, he...More »

  • poster for Sadie Benning "Play Pause"

    Sadie Benning "Play Pause"

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    • Media: Video installation
    • 2009-04-22 - 2009-09-20

    First shown at the Whitney in the 1993 Biennial, Sadie Benning now presents her latest video installation Play Pause (2006) as part of the Whitney’s Contemporary Series. Recognized for her experimental...More »

  • poster for Jenny Holzer Exhibition

    Jenny Holzer Exhibition

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    • Media: Graphics - Installation - Digital
    • 2009-03-12 - 2009-05-31

    The work of Jenny Holzer, one of the leading artists of her generation, is the subject of this major exhibition co-organized by the MCA Chicago and the Fondation Beyeler. Holzer has consistently and inventively...More »

  • poster for "Sites" Exhibition

    "Sites" Exhibition

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    • Media: Drawing - Photography - Prints - Other
    • 2009-02-19 - 2009-05-03

    In the postwar period, the traditional notion of art as a discrete object has changed to include environments, places, and sites. The critic Harold Rosenberg famously described painting as "an arena in...More »

  • poster for "Synthetic" Exhibition

    "Synthetic" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2009-01-22 - 2009-04-19

    In the 1960s, artists began to use a range of new products that changed the possibilities of painting and sculpture. Synthetic polymer paints— popularly known as acrylics—became the first widely used alternative...More »

  • poster for Elad Lassry "Three Films"

    Elad Lassry "Three Films"

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    • Media: Film
    • 2009-01-22 - 2009-04-19

    Elad Lassry's "Three Films" is the first New York museum exhibition of this Los Angeles based artist who produces carefully crafted images in both photography and film. While often drawing on traditional...More »

  • poster for "Artists Making Photographs" Exhibition

    "Artists Making Photographs" Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2009-01-16 - 2009-04-30

    Artists Making Photographs focuses on five major artists from the Whitney's collection – John Chamberlain, Robert Rauschenberg, Lucas Samaras, Ed Ruscha, and Andy Warhol – all of whom are best known for...More »

  • poster for Alex Bag Exhibition

    Alex Bag Exhibition

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    • Media: Video installation
    • 2009-01-09 - 2009-04-12

    For her first solo museum presentation, Alex Bag is creating a newly commissioned video installation inspired by the 1970s children’s syndicated television show, "The Patchwork Family," on which the artist's...More »

  • poster for William Eggleston "Democratic Camera"

    William Eggleston "Democratic Camera"

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2008-11-07 - 2009-01-25

    Nearly fifty years of extraordinary image-making by the photographer William Eggleston will be presented in a major retrospective, "William Eggleston: Democratic Camera—Photographs and Video, 1961-2008"...More »

  • poster for "Signs of the Time" Exhibition

    "Signs of the Time" Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2008-11-03 - 2009-01-11

    Signs of the Time is the first in a series of three exhibitions in the Sondra Gilman Gallery that will take a closer look at the different ways that photography is considered within the Whitney's collection....More »

  • Ninth Annual FREE Family Day "WhitneyKids at the Circus"

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    • Media: Art Party - Performance Art
    • 2008-10-25 - 2008-10-25

    Kids and their parents are invited to come and discover Calder’s Circus through hands-on art-making activities, performance, and live music. Families will interact with contemporary artists Colin Gee...More »

  • poster for Alexander Calder "The Paris Years, 1926-1933"

    Alexander Calder "The Paris Years, 1926-1933"

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    • Media: Drawing - Sculpture
    • 2008-10-16 - 2009-02-15

    When Alexander Calder (1898-1976) arrived in Paris in the mid-1920s, he aspired to be a painter; when he left in the early-1930s, he had evolved into the artist we know today, an international figure and...More »

  • poster for Corin Hewitt "Seed Stage"

    Corin Hewitt "Seed Stage"

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    • Media: Installation
    • 2008-10-03 - 2009-01-04

    Artist Corin Hewitt takes up occupancy in the Whitney's Anne & Joel Ehrenkranz Lobby Gallery in this ongoing installation that is part performance art, part live theater, and part meditation on ideas...More »

  • poster for "Between the Still and Moving Image" Film Program

    "Between the Still and Moving Image" Film Program

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    • Media: Film
    • 2008-10-01 - 2008-11-30

    This film series examines the relationship between the still and moving image from the 1930s to the present, by artists, filmmakers, and photographers who use stillness, cinematographic composition, and...More »

  • poster for "Between the Still and Moving Image" Exhibition

    "Between the Still and Moving Image" Exhibition

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    • Media: Film - Video installation
    • 2008-10-01 - 2009-01-04

    This film series examines the relationship between the still and moving image from the 1930s to the present, by artists, filmmakers, and photographers who use stillness, cinematographic composition, and...More »

  • poster for "Progress" Exhibition

    "Progress" Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography - Prints
    • 2008-07-11 - 2008-11-30

    “Progress” brings together works from the Whitney’s permanent collection, highlighting connections between art and visions of utopia. In the early part of the twentieth century, artists and architects...More »

  • poster for Wordless Music at Whitney Live

    Wordless Music at Whitney Live

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    • Media: Performance Art
    • 2008-06-27 - 2008-06-27

    Whitney Live and The Wordless Music Series take over the Whitney's indoor/outdoor Lower Gallery every Friday in June for shows pairing innovative rock and electronic music with adventuresome chamber music...More »

  • poster for Buckminster Fuller "Starting with the Universe"

    Buckminster Fuller "Starting with the Universe"

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2008-06-26 - 2008-09-21

    R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) was one of the great American visionaries of the 20th century. Best-known as the inventor of the geodesic dome, Fuller devoted much of his life to resolving the gap between...More »

  • poster for Paul McCarthy "Central Symmetrical Rotation Movement Three Installations"

    Paul McCarthy "Central Symmetrical Rotation Movement Three Installations"

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    • Media: Installation - Video installation - Other
    • 2008-06-26 - 2008-10-12

    This exhibition brings together a group of new and rarely seen works by Paul McCarthy (b. 1945), one of the most influential American artists of his generation. The show focuses on a core strand of McCarthy's...More »

  • poster for Wordless Music at Whitney Live

    Wordless Music at Whitney Live

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    • Media: Performance Art
    • 2008-06-20 - 2008-06-20

    Whitney Live and The Wordless Music Series take over the Whitney's indoor/outdoor Lower Gallery every Friday in June for shows pairing innovative rock and electronic music with adventuresome chamber music...More »

  • poster for Wordless Music at Whitney Live

    Wordless Music at Whitney Live

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    • Media: Performance Art
    • 2008-06-13 - 2008-06-13

    Whitney Live and The Wordless Music Series take over the Whitney's indoor/outdoor Lower Gallery every Friday in June for shows pairing innovative rock and electronic music with adventuresome chamber music...More »

  • poster for  Robert Mapplethorpe  "Polaroids: Mapplethorpe"

    Robert Mapplethorpe "Polaroids: Mapplethorpe"

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2008-05-03 - 2008-09-07

    This special exhibition traces Robert Mapplethorpe's use of instant photography from 1970 to 1975. Included are self-portraits, figure studies, still lifes, and portraits of lovers and friends including...More »

  • poster for Whitney Biennial 2008

    Whitney Biennial 2008

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    • Media: Illustration - Painting - Drawing - Photography - Sculpture - Installation - Film - Video installation - Digital
    • 2008-03-06 - 2008-06-01

    Today there are more artists working in more genres, using more varieties of material, and moving among more geographic locations than ever before. By exploring the networks that exist among contemporary...More »

  • poster for Whitney Biennial 2008 Installations at Park Avenue Armory

    Whitney Biennial 2008 Installations at Park Avenue Armory

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    • Media: Installation - Performance Art
    • 2008-03-06 - 2008-03-23
  • poster for Charles Demuth"Chimneys and Towers"

    Charles Demuth"Chimneys and Towers"

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2008-02-23 - 2008-04-27

    Between 1927 and his death in 1935, Charles Demuth produced a last major series of paintings based on the architecture of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the town in which he was raised and lived intermittently...More »

  • poster for "The Whitney's Collection" Exhibition

    "The Whitney's Collection" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2008-01-30 - 2008-06-01

    This presentation of the permanent collection highlights four broad themes that elucidate key developments of twentieth century art in this country. They include the fragmentation and abstraction of early...More »

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