The Whitney maintains one of the world's foremost collections of 20th-century American art. The museum mounts about 15 exhibitions a year, including single-artist and group shows, historical surveys and lifetime retrospectives. Lectures, seminars and symposia are an integral part of the museum's programming.
The Whitney Biennial is an invitational showcasing works by living American artists. Started in 1932, it has often been the object of much critical controversy and public squabbling.
Whitney Family Programs are designed to encourage children ages 4–12 and their parents or caregivers to observe, discuss, and explore art together while developing a sense of life-long experimentation, critical thinking, and creative expression. Participants have the opportunity to work directly with contemporary artists, Museum educators, and each other.
For full details on all our programs, from infants through tweens, please visit whitney.org/families.
School Programs at the Whitney collaborates with teachers to provide inquiry-based programs that explore American art, artists, and culture in order to expand and enrich K−12 classroom learning, and foster curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking.
Museum educators lead guided tours at the Whitney that invite students of all ages to look, discover, question and explore American art and culture through extended discussion, careful observation and writing and drawing activities. All tours are tailored to meet the curricular need and interests of each group. Special exhibition tours last one hour and permanent collection tours last approximately 1 ½ hours and include an in-gallery project. All materials for in-gallery projects are provided by the museum educator. Additionally, the Whitney offers students in grades 9 to 12 the option to schedule a non-guided viewing experience in the galleries. High school dispersal visits are available during regular museum hours.
Teachers can also take advantage of the three-part Classroom Collaborative program. Working in close collaboration, teachers and museum educators plan a three-part program designed to address relevant classroom curricula and themes. The program includes a slide presentation and discussion in the classroom with the museum educator, a visit to the museum, and a follow-up classroom visit designed to enhance and build on the first two sessions. The final session may include an additional slide discussion, a writing activity, or a hands-on project. Special long-term, multi-session programs are also available.
School programs are offered offered Sept-June.
Fees: Free for New York City public school students and teachers, $25 for other schools in the tri state area