New on Whitney Stories, Robert Buck discusses the "American iconography" of Georgia O’Keeffe’s painting Summer Days, as well as his work on view in Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney's Collection. Watch more: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Judith Bernstein speaks about her engagement with politics as a woman in the art world. Watch more: [ Bit.ly Link ]
"The job of the artist is to make a gesture and really show people what their potential is. It's not about the object, and it's not about the image; it's about the viewer." —Jeff Koons, born on this day.

Hear the artist reflect upon the significance of having his first retrospective at the Whitney in 2014 and discuss more of what drives his work: [ Bit.ly Link ]

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Today the Whitney is open on a pay-what-you-wish basis from 10:30 am to 10 pm to affirm its commitment to open dialogue, civic engagement, and the diversity of American art and culture.

Throughout the day, the Museum is offering special programs, including “My America” guided tours; a speak out convened by the artist collective Occupy Museums; and open discussions moderated by artists,...
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The New York Times looks forward to Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s, opening January 27.

The Whitney Revisits the ’80s, a Decade of Macho and Money

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Today and tomorrow we’ll be sharing works of art on Instagram that demonstrate the complexity of American identity. Exploring questions of immigration, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, race, and class, we see our America as one of many voices. [ Bit.ly Link ]

Interested in being part of the conversation? This Friday, January 20, we will be open from 10:30 am to 10 pm on a pay-what-you-wish basis...
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“My art is not about fooling people. It’s the human attitudes I’m after—fatigue, a bit of frustration, rejection. To me, there is a kind of beauty in all this.” —Duane Hanson, born on this day in 1925. [ Bit.ly Link ]

[Member Night, August 3, 2016. Photograph © Matthew Carasella Photography]
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., here's Danny Lyon's photograph "Two SNCC Workers, Selma" (1963). Last year at the Whitney, Lyon spoke with Representative John Lewis about his lifelong advocacy of civil liberties. Lewis and Lyon first met in the 1960s, when Lewis was serving as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and Lyon was a principal photographer of the Southern...
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Since the mid-1960s, Lynn Hershman Leeson has been exploring the relationship between identity, gender, and technology in her work, adopting the female cyborg as a figure of transformative power. Experience her work in Dreamlands, on view through February 5. [ Bit.ly Link ]
Artist Asad Raza is seeking participants for a new project for the 2017 Whitney Biennial! Raza’s untitled project will assemble a group of caretakers to engage in several tasks inside the Museum, including interacting directly with visitors and taking care of plants that are part of his installation. Participants aren’t required to have any previous experience in the arts or as performers—just...
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Apply by February 1 to the Whitney's paid summer internship program! Highlights include a $5,000 stipend, weekly speaker series featuring curators and other Museum professionals, and field trips to cultural institutions. Visit our website to explore opportunities in curatorial, education, communications, and more: [ Bit.ly Link ]
The most comprehensive survey to-date of the work of Laura Owens will debut at the Museum in mid-November! It will be the first mid-career retrospective presented in our downtown home. The New York Times has the scoop.

Laura Owens Retrospective Coming to the Whitney

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Watch Whitney staff install No Title (1969–70) by Eva Hesse, who was born on this day in 1936. Like much of Hesse’s work, No Title substitutes fragile substances and irregular, organic forms for the rigid geometries and industrial materials of Minimalism. The work is never installed the same way twice. [ Bit.ly Link ]
On Friday, January 20, the Whitney will be open from 10:30 am to 10 pm, and admission will be pay-what-you-wish all day. We'll be offering programming that reflects the Museum's commitment to open dialogue, civic engagement, and the diversity of American art and culture. We hope you join us! [ Bit.ly Link ]
"Art is an ascending or descending scale, the spirit of its joy reaches us in unexpected ways. It travels on slender threads but it is within the grasp of all who care enough to want to see and understand." —our founder Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, who was born today in 1875. [ Bit.ly Link ]

[Robert Henri (1865–1929), Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, 1916. Oil on canvas, 50 × 72 in. (127 × 182.9...
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Looking for some indoor family fun this winter? We offer tours, workshops, and drop-in programs for families with kids of all ages. Register now! [ Bit.ly Link ]
Don't miss the "ravishing" (The New York Times) exhibition Carmen Herrera: Lines of Sight, closing on Monday, January 9. Lines of Sight focuses on the groundbreaking work of Carmen Herrera, who was born in Havana, Cuba, and is still making art at 101 years old. [ Bit.ly Link ]
Tonight at 7:30 pm: Explore immigration, ethnicity, race, and the complexity of American identity in Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection. [ Bit.ly Link ]

[John Sonsini (b. 1950), BYRON & RAMIRO, 2008. Acrylic on canvas, 80 1/8 × 84 1/8 × 2 9/16 in. (203.5 × 213.7 × 6.5 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Jean Crutchfield and Robert Hobbs 2010.70 © John...
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“I wouldn’t paint the way I do if I hadn’t gone to architecture school. That’s where I learned to think abstractly and to draw like an architect.” —Carmen Herrera [ Bit.ly Link ]

[Installation view of Carmen Herrera: Lines of Sight (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, September 16, 2016–January 9, 2017). Photograph by Ronald Amstutz]
“In this chaos that we live in, I like to put some order. So that is why I guess I’m a hard-edge painter.” —Carmen Herrera on CBS This Morning. Her exhibition closes on Monday, January 9!

Exhibit celebrates art of 101-year-old painter Carmen Herrera

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