Hear artists including Kenny Scharf, Joyce Pensato, and Julia Wachtel discuss their work on view in Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s. [ Bit.ly Link ]
The Whitney is proud to participate in the 2017 ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival, the first of its kind to present award-winning films by and about people with disabilities. On March 4, join us for a screening of How Sweet The Sound: The Blind Boys of Alabama. The 2015 documentary focuses on the seven decade career of the legendary gospel quartet. Free with registration: [ Bit.ly...
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Elizabeth Catlett’s The Negro Woman series commemorates the courage, strength, and leadership of African American women. Created at the Taller de Gráfica Popular (People’s Graphic Workshop) in Mexico City, the fifteen linoleum cuts form a sequential narrative that celebrates black women’s contributions as field laborers, domestic workers, educators, and activists. Catlett hoped her art would...
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Friday at 6:30 pm: Artists, curators, and scholars discuss works on view in the Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s and the reinvigoration of painting during this pivotal decade. [ Bit.ly Link ]

[Installation view of Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, January 27–May 14, 2017). Photograph by Ronald Amstutz]
Three artists are living around-the-clock in the narrow space between the windowpanes of the Whitney’s theater. Observe their project through this Sunday at 12 pm: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Tonight starting at 6 pm: Join us in the Whitney Shop for a special book launch and signing event with author Kay Haring to celebrate the release of her new children’s book, Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing, based on the life of her brother. Free with admission and no registration is required.

Keith Haring's work is currently on view in Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s. [...
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“An artist has to be the perfect contradiction at all times. You have to be just insane enough to want to do something that is so punishing and so difficult. But at the same time it takes a very sane person to execute it all.” —Anicka Yi. Get to know the 2017 Biennial artist in this The New York Times profile.

Anicka Yi Is Inventing a New Kind of Conceptual Art

As part of MPA: RED IN VIEW, three artists are living around-the-clock in the narrow space between the windowpanes of the Whitney’s theater. Observe their project through Sunday, when the work culminates with the theatrical event, Assembly. [ Bit.ly Link ]
Like much of Ree Morton’s work, Signs of Love (1976)—which was first shown in the 1977 Biennial—combines aspects of painting, sculpture, and theater design, using the wall and floor as both a canvas and stage. Enveloping the viewer, this sprawling installation features objects and words associated with depictions of romantic love but is otherwise mysterious: ladders lead nowhere and the...
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The New York Times celebrates our "revelatory" new exhibition Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s.

Painting From the 1980s, When Brash Met Flash

Final weekend! It's your last chance to see the full exhibition Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney's Collection, which mines the Museum's holdings to offer new perspectives on one of art’s oldest genres. See works by Glenn Ligon, Alice Neel, and Andy Warhol, among others. Floor 7 will remain on view through April 2. [ Bit.ly Link ]
NEW! Hear Martha Rosler's take on Susan Meiselas's multi-year project Carnival Strippers, and the intensive engagement Meiselas developed in relation to her subjects: [ Goo.gl Link ]
Share the Whitney with your Valentine! Dual gift memberships start at just $125. Purchase online and a gift voucher will be immediately emailed to you. [ Bit.ly Link ]
Join us this Thursday evening for a conversation with Matt Black and José Parlá. Parlá is one of the artists featured in Black's new book, Reflections: In Conversation with Today’s Artists. The event will include a book signing and light reception. Free, but registration is required: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Assistant curator Jennie Goldstein updates us on Standing Julian’s progress. Urs Fischer’s 8-foot tall, 1000+ pound portrait of friend and fellow artist Julian Schnabel is also a candle. The sculpture has been lit daily since April 2016. Its final lighting is happening this Sunday.
Streaming live @ 4 pm EST: assistant curator Jennie Goldstein updates us on Standing Julian's progress (spoiler alert: his head is no longer attached!).

The 8-foot tall, 1000 pound portrait by Urs Fischer of friend and fellow artist Julian Schnabel is also a giant candle. The sculpture has been lit daily since April 2016—and its last lighting is happening this Sunday. [ Bit.ly Link ]

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“Sometimes you can feel that it’s indulgent to make work in the current environment. But I think this is exactly what artists do. They heal, they speak. This is when it’s most urgent to make work. I’m never going to stop painting.” —Aliza Nisenbaum talks to Vogue. Her portraits of undocumented immigrants will be featured in the 2017 Biennial, opening March 17.

Who Says Painting Can’t Be Political?

Last chance! On view through this Sunday, Dreamlands explores a century of artists pushing the boundaries of cinema. See work by Hito Steyerl, Alex Da Corte and Jayson Musson, and Bruce Conner, among many others. [ Bit.ly Link ]
We've just announced the 2017 Biennial film program! Check out the schedule, purchase advance tickets, and watch clips by select artists: [ Bit.ly Link ]

[Kevin Jerome Everson, still from Ears, Nose and Throat, 2016. 16mm film transferred to high-definition video, color, sound; 10:30 min. Courtesy the artist; Trilobite-Arts DAC, Charlottesville, VA; and Picture Palace Pictures, New York]
Condé Nast Traveler suggests the perfect day in the Meatpacking: a visit to the Whitney, a walk down The High Line, and bites at The Standard, High Line.

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