City Life Org – The Whitney Museum of American Art is hosting Free Pride programs and public events, June 9-12, 2022

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Parties, historical tours, arts activities and more at the Whitney and on the Whitney Lawn.

The Whitney Museum of American Art presents a series of free on-site public programs and events celebrating Pride, June 9-12. Whitney Pride! will enliven the museum building and surrounding neighborhood with festivities for visitors of all ages. Whitney Pride! is part of the Museum’s ongoing commitment to supporting LGBTQ+ artists and communities and providing an inclusive space for all to come together and enjoy American art.

Whitney Pride! kicks off Thursday, June 9 with two Pride nights. The Whitney and community partner ADAPT Community Network will be hosting a Radical Joy Ball from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Museum’s Susan and John Hess Family Theater. Drawing inspiration from the traditions of New York’s ballroom culture, this event creates a space to celebrate the vibrancy of LGBTQ+ and Disability Pride through music, dance and parades. In the lobby of the Museum, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., the artist Nayland Blake will host one of his Gender Discard evenings. During this 21+ event, guests will enjoy live music, an open bar, dancing, and the opportunity to participate in various open-mic oral history sessions and games, including “BYOB: Bring Your Own Baggage,” for which revelers are encouraged to bring gender-appropriate clothing to throw and swap to reflect their true selves. Blake, whose work is currently featured at the 2022 Whitney Biennial: Quiet as It’s Kept, is an interdisciplinary artist and teacher who uses sculpture and performance to address questions of race, gender identity and sexuality.

On Friday, June 10, from 4 to 7 p.m., the Museum will host a Biennial Queer Teen Night with Andrew Roberts, one of the artists featured in Whitney Biennial 2022: Quiet as It’s Kept. At the event, LGBTQ+ teens and allies can take part in art-making workshops, led by Roberts, performances by Haus of Us, dancing, giveaways, activities by community partner The Door, and a tour of Whitney Biennial 2022: Quiet as It’s Kept led by YI executives. Starting Friday at 6 p.m. and continuing throughout the weekend, visitors are invited to join Whitney’s education staff on a Queer History Walking Tour of the Meatpacking District to learn about the impact and the history of LGBTQ+ communities in the neighborhood around the Whitney. Admission is charged on Friday, June 10, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Whitney Pride! the weekend festivities continue on Saturday June 11 and Sunday June 12 with Pride on the Whitney Lawn. The entirety of Gansevoort Street in front of the museum’s main entrance will be transformed into a 6,000 square foot grassy pedestrian-only thoroughfare where visitors can enjoy family-friendly activities including art, performances, photo booths, gifts, etc . Additionally, special poetry readings from LGBTQ+ artists and a writing workshop led by Regie Cabico – poet, educator and member of the collective A Gathering of the Tribes – will take place on Saturday afternoon. Pride on the Whitney Lawn is presented in conjunction with LEAF Festival of Flowers, a neighborhood-wide celebration of community and nature’s beauty.

Additional information about Whitney Pride!, including accessibility information and health and safety guidelines, is available on the Museum’s website at whitney.org/pride.

LIST OF PROGRAMS

Radical joy ball
Thursday, June 9, 5-6 p.m. ET

Join the Whitney and its partner ADAPT Community Network for an evening celebrating inclusivity and access. Drawing inspiration from the traditions of New York’s ballroom culture, this event creates a space to celebrate the vibrancy of LGBTQ+ and Disability Pride through music, dance and parades.

ASL, Braille, live captioning and spoken descriptions are available for public programs and events upon request with two weeks notice. We will do our best to accommodate requests made outside of this time window.

This event is part of Whitney Pride!, a series of free public programs and events dedicated to LGBTQ+ artists and communities, providing an inclusive space for all to gather and enjoy American art. Visit whitney.org/pride for more information.

Location: Floor 3, Susan and John Hess Family Theater and Gallery
Tickets: Free, registration required
Event link: https://whitney.org/events/radical-joy-ball-jun-9-22

Gender Discard Party with Nayland Blake
Thursday, June 9, 7-10 p.m. ET

The Whitney will celebrate Pride Month and LGBTQ+ communities with a party that rejects stereotypes and encourages you to be true to yourself. Hosted by artist Nayland Blake, one of the featured artists of the 2022 Whitney Biennial: Quiet as It’s Kept, this free event for ages 21 and up offers a range of activities including live music, dancing, an open bar, and the opportunity to participate in various open-mic oral history sessions and games, including “BYOB: Bring Your Own Baggage,” where revelers are encouraged to bring gendered clothing to throw and swap.

This event is part of Whitney Pride!, a series of free public programs and events dedicated to LGBTQ+ artists and communities, providing an inclusive space for all to gather and enjoy American art. Visit whitney.org/pride for more information.

Location: Ground floor lobby
Tickets: Free, registration required
Event link: https://whitney.org/events/gender-discard-party-with-nayland-blake

Queer History Walking Tour
Friday, June 10, 6 p.m.
Saturday, June 11, 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Sunday, June 12, 2 p.m.

Join Whitney’s education staff on a Queer History Walking Tour of the Meatpacking District to learn about the impact and history of LGBTQ+ communities in the neighborhood surrounding the museum.

Museum tickets must be booked separately. Advance reservation recommended.

This event is part of Whitney Pride!, a series of free public programs and events dedicated to LGBTQ+ artists and communities, providing an inclusive space for all to gather and enjoy American art. Visit whitney.org/pride for more information.

Location: Visits will take place in front of the Museum entrance.
Tickets: Free, registration required
Event link: https://whitney.org/events/queer-history-walks-2022

Biennial Queer Teen Night
Friday, June 10, 4-7 p.m. ET

The Whitney will host a dedicated evening designed for LGBTQ+ youth and their allies. Join the Museum’s Youth Insights leaders for an evening of artistic creation, performance, dance, giveaways and a tour of Whitney Biennale 2022: Quiet as It’s Kept.

Museum tickets must be booked separately. Advance reservation recommended.

This event is part of Whitney Pride!, a series of free public programs and events dedicated to LGBTQ+ artists and communities, providing an inclusive space for all to gather and enjoy American art. Visit whitney.org/pride for more information.

Location: Floor 3, Susan and John Hess Family Theater and Gallery
Tickets: Free, registration required
Event link: https://whitney.org/events/biennial-queer-teen-night

Pride on the Whitney Lawn
Saturday, June 11, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET

To honor our LGBTQ+ community, families and allies, the Whitney will hold a Pride celebration outside the museum on Gansevoort Street as the block is transformed into a grassy, ​​pedestrian-only thoroughfare ideal for gatherings. On Saturdays, enjoy activities designed for the whole family, including hands-on art making, performances, photo booths, giveaways, and more. Enjoy poetry readings from LGBTQ+ artists and a writing workshop led by Regie Cabico, poet, educator and member of the collective A Gathering of the Tribes. This program is presented in collaboration with LEAF Festival of Flowers.

Museum tickets must be booked separately. Advance reservation recommended.

This event is part of Whitney Pride!, a series of free public programs and events dedicated to LGBTQ+ artists and communities, providing an inclusive space for all to gather and enjoy American art. Visit whitney.org/pride for more information.

Location: The Whitney Lawn, Gansevoort Street
Tickets: Free, no registration required
Event link: https://whitney.org/events/pride-on-the-whitney-lawn

ABOUT THE WHITNEY

The Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by artist and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (1875-1942), houses the most important collection of American art from the 20th and 21st centuries. Ms. Whitney, an early and ardent supporter of modern American art, nurtured groundbreaking artists when the public was still largely preoccupied with the Old Masters. From his vision was born the Whitney Museum of American Art, which has championed America’s most innovative art for ninety years. The core of the Whitney’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret and exhibit American art of our time and to serve a wide variety of audiences to celebrate the complexity and diversity of art and culture in the United States. . Through this mission and an unwavering commitment to artists, the Whitney has long been a powerful force for modern and contemporary art and continues to help define what is innovative and influential in American art. today.

VISITOR INFORMATION

The Whitney Museum of American Art is located at 99 Gansevoort Street between Washington and West Streets, New York. The opening hours are as follows: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 10:30 a.m.–10 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed on Tuesdays. Members-only hours of operation are: Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Visitors 18 and under and Whitney Members: FREE. Admission is charged on Friday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Vaccination against COVID-19 and wearing a face covering are not mandatory but strongly recommended. We encourage all visitors to wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth throughout their visit.

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