The whitney seeks to be the defining museum of 20th and 21st century American art. The museum collects, exhibits, preserves, researches and interprets art of the U.S. In the broadest global, historical and interdisciplinary contexts. As the preeminent advocate for American art, we foster the work of living artists at critical moments in their careers. The whitney educates a diverse public through direct interaction with artists, often before their work has achieved general acceptance.
$34.1m annual program spend • Collection and exhibitions of American artin fy18, the WHITNEY MUSEUM OF American ART presented 17 exhibitions. These included: where we are: selections from the whitney's collection, 1900-1960 (april 28, 2017 - june 2019); calder: hypermobility (june 9 - october 23, 2017); bunny rogers: brig und ladder (july 7 - october 9, 2017); helio oiticica: to organize delirium (july 14 - october 1, 2017); willa nasatir (july 14 - october 1, 2017); an incomplete history of protest: selections from the whitney's collection, 1940-2017 (august 18, 2017 - august 27, 2018); toyin ojih odutola: to wander determined (october 20, 2017 - february 25, 2018); jimmie Durham: at the center of the world (november 3, 2017 - january 28, 2018); laura owens (november 10, 2017 - february 4, 2018); experiments in electrostatics: photocopy art from the whitney's collection, 1966-1986 (november 17, 2017 - march 25, 2018); zoe leonard: survey (march 2 - june 10, 2018); grant wood: American gothic and other fables (march 2 - june 10, 2018); juan antonio olivares: molculas (march 2 - june 10, 2018); between the waters (march 9 - july 22, 2018); nick mauss: transmissions (march 16 - may 14, 2018); flash: photographs by harold edgerton from the whitney's collection (march 30 - july 15, 2018); and mary corse: a survey in light (june 8 - november 25, 2018). These covered a wide range of media and artists contemporary and historical. Fy18 performances at the museum included 10 distinct projects: poses: a performance by a.r.m. (september 16, 2017); sibyl kempson: 12 shouts to the ten forgotten heavens: fall equinox (september 22, 2017); sibyl kempson: 12 shouts to the ten forgotten heavens: winter solstice (december 21, 2017); christine sun kim: five finger discount history (march 10, 2018); sibyl kempson: 12 shouts to the ten forgotten heavens: spring equinox (march 20, 2018); asl slam at the whitney (may 5, 2018); michle graf & selina grter: one against all [uno contro tutti] (may 29, 2018); the new red order presents: the savage philosophy of endless acknowledgement (june 13, 2018); sibyl kempson: 12 shouts to the ten forgotten heavens: summer solstice (june 21, 2018); and an evening with vector (june 22, 2018).the museum's fy18 performances also included projects in conjunction with the following exhibitions: calder: hypermobility; hlio oiticica: to organize delirium; an incomplete history of protest: selections from the whitney's collection, 1940-2017; laura owens; and nick mauss: transmissions. An ongoing series of outdoor art shown across gansevoort street from the museum had 2 installations: do ho suh: 95 horatio street (june 26, 2017 - january 28, 2018) and christine sun kim: too much future (january 29 - september 24, 2018).the museum's exhibitions toured nationally and internationally: stuart davis: in full swing (fine arts museums of San Francisco, de young memorial museum, San Francisco, CA; crystal bridges museum of American art, bentonville, AR); pop art from the WHITNEY MUSEUM OF American ART (muse maillol, paris, france); christian marclay: video quartet museum of art, Grand Rapids, MI); carmen herrera: lines of sight (k20 kunstsammlung nordrhein-westfalen, dsseldorf, germany); and laura owens museum of art, Dallas, TX).
$19.2m annual program spend • Curatorial and related supportin fy18, the WHITNEY MUSEUM OF American ART continued its ongoing study into the more than 24,000 objects in the collection by over 3,000 artists. This research informs both the acquisition process and the museum's exhibition planning. The whitney continues to refine and experiment with its strategies for displaying more of the permanent collection within its significantly larger gallery spaces. The resulting collection displays create thematic, art historical contexts and counterpoints to the ongoing special exhibitions program, and explore how the institution can contribute to new narratives about American culture and history. Work was ongoing to digitize the museum's collections, a project that is a crucial aspect of the increased scope of the conservation and research resources teams in its greatly enlarged facility. The whitney's permanent collection remained online and available to the public as a searchable resource and is updated regularly as new works enter the collection. The new building features important library and special collections holdings on site, as well as about 15,000 works on paper that are stored in the sondra gilman study center, substantially increasing access to them for curators and scholars. The sondra gilman study center was conceived for cross-medium, cross-disciplinary research, allowing museum staff, artists, scholars, and researchers access to the collection and opportunity for close material and technical examination of objects. As such, the study center is an exceptional resource for historians and curators of modern and contemporary art, making the whitney's world-class holdings available for primary research and in-depth consultation for the first time in its history. In fy18, 38 external visits were held in the study center. The museum's goal is not only to continue to make use of its larger galleries but also to create new programming possibilities for the outdoor terraces, theater, black box screening space, and more.
$3.9m annual program spend • Education programs in the third full year at 99 gansevoort street, having established the whitney's education program as a staple of the museum's downtown home, education activity focused on deepening relationships and engaging in creative and experimental programming. In fy18 the museum served 96,300 people through school, youth, and family programs, public programs, and access & community programs, and more than tripled digital engagement with interpretive materials and media, reaching 7.8 million online viewers. 19,300 of these audience members were k-12 students, with all NYC public schools receiving free admission. The laurie m. tisch education center, a dedicated space to enliven and enrich visitors' museum experience, continued to serve as a hub for the department's activities. Programs offered in the education center include drop-in events, hands-on learning and in-depth and interdisciplinary programming. During fy18, the whitney education offered free public tours, guided visits for schools, teen programs, family art workshops and family day programs, sign language and touch tours, public programs, continuing education courses, and online and multimedia exhibition-related content to coincide with the museum's exhibitions. In addition to ongoing programming, notable developments include a series of 15 new asl video blogs with deaf museum educator and tony-nominated actor lauren ridloff, a program celebrating the 20th anniversary or our youth insights teen program, and the first program organized exclusively for artists on the importance and relevance of maintaining an artist archive, held at the roy lichtenstein foundation.the museum continues to develop innovative programming that uses art and artists as a critical lens through which to raise important questions and provide in-depth perspectives on the current political and social climate. A focus this year was to learn about the field of native American studies and to think critically and collectively about the place of indigenous art in the whitney's collection and program now and in the future. The whitney's indigenous artists working group, comprised of members of the curatorial and education staff, was established to develop programming, pursue outreach to native American artists and audiences, learn and further develop appropriate terminology for interpretation, and to identify possible artists for museum programming and works to acquire.our public programs also provide an opportunity for important cultural and political voices to join the artistic conversation. Examples of programs include a conversation between nick mauss and fran lebowitz, and a conversation between paul muldoon and professor michael wood.this year the museum also looked ahead to the forthcoming installation of david hammons's day's end, a public art project that will be located in hudson river park along the southern edge of gansevoort peninsula directly across from the museum. The whitney's site is a fascinating crossroads for numerous types of American stories, and as a New York museum dedicated to American art, day's end is an opportunity to introduce audiences to the rich history of the whitney's downtown neighborhood.as "the artist's museum," artist collaborations are at the forefront of our work. This year, the museum worked with: a.r.m. (alexandro segade, robert acklen-brecko, and malik gaines), alexis rockman, alice sheppard, American artist, arto lindsay, badlands, baseera khan, c. spencer yeh, cameron rowland, catherine opie, che gossett, christine sun kim, damien davis, daniel joseph martinez, demian dinyazhi', dread scott, edgar heap of birds, glenn ligon, graham lambkin, harlem samba, heidi latsky dance, ian f. svenonius, ja'tovia Gary, jason flford , juan antonio olivares, julie mehretu, laura ortman, laura owens, lorna simpson, lyle ashton harris, matheus rocha pitta , mecca vazie andrews, mierle laderman ukeles, morgan bassichis, nic kay, nick mauss, oliver payne, pope.l, , rebecca solnit, scott reeder, shaun leonardo, sibyl kempson, sky cubacub, stina puotinen, tamara shopsin, Texas isaiah, the new red order, tom carpenter, toyin ojih odultola, tuesday smilie, willa nasatir, yaa gyasi, yulan grant, zoe leonard. For more information about whitney education, please visit whitney/education.