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Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper - Studio, N.Y.C, #8, 1958

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“Jasper Johns has been making and showing his art for so long and so widely that it has come to seem like an immovable feature in a landscape against which contemporary life continues to unfold,” Chief Curator Scott Rothkopf reflects in his catalogue essay for Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror, opening to the public this Wednesday, September 29.

Johns’s radical, inventive art continues to influence today’s artists like few others. In an unprecedented collaboration, the Whitney and the Philadelphia Museum of Art present a simultaneous retrospective featuring paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints—nearly five hundred artworks across the two museums, from his iconic flags to lesser-known and recent works. Before you see the show, take a behind-the-scenes look at how the exhibition came together in Rothkopf’s essay, now available to read on whitney.org. Members are invited to experience Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror early, with Preview Days from September 24–27.

We are pleased to be among the approximately nine thousand arts organizations around the country that have been named recipients of a Shuttered Venues Operators Grant from the federal government. A year ago this month we re-opened our doors after a long period of closure. This critical grant, together with the extraordinary support from our Members and others, helps us stabilize our organization during a time of unprecedented disruption. We are deeply thankful to New York Senator Chuck Schumer and his staff for their incredible support for our cultural institutions.

Read on to learn more about what’s going on at the Whitney in the next two weeks.

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PLAN YOUR VISIT

Begin planning your trip, including everything you need to know to enjoy your visit safely. In accordance with New York City requirements, all visitors twelve years of age and older must show proof they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine for admission to the Museum. Visitors over the age of eighteen will also be asked to provide photo identification. Face coverings are required, even if you are vaccinated. Timed ticket arrivals are in place to manage capacity, and visitors must book tickets in advance. Please note that same-day tickets may be limited. Before you visit, review our updated visitor policies and circulation map. At the Museum, please practice physical distancing by maintaining at least six feet away from others.

Become a Member to enjoy free admission, discounted guest tickets, dedicated viewings, early access to upcoming exhibitions, and more.

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EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

Lynn Hershman Leeson, Shadow Stalker, 2018–2019

ART HISTORY FROM HOME: TECHNOLOGY AND FANTASY

Thursday, September 23, 12 pm

In this virtual tour led by Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow Xin Wang, explore how artists like Cory Arcangel, Nam June Paik, Lynn Hershman Leeson, and Laurie Simmons have addressed the changing nature of the self in our media-saturated world.

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Dawoud Bey, Untitled #17 (Forest), from Night Coming Tenderly, Black, 2017

VIRTUAL TOUR: DAWOUD BEY’S AN AMERICAN PROJECT

Thursday, September 30, 12 pm

Join a virtual tour exploring Dawoud Bey’s exhibition, An American Project, on view until October 3. Participants are invited to comment and ask questions through a moderated chat for a Q&A following the thirty-minute session.

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Whitney Museum of American Art. Photograph by Ryan Lowry

OUTDOOR OPEN STUDIO

Saturdays, 11 am–3 pm

Families with kids of all ages are invited to join Whitney educators on the 6th-floor terrace for socially distanced artmaking. Learn more about art on view at the Museum and then experiment with materials.

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Art College Night, October 2019. Photograph by Filip Wolak

ART COLLEGE NIGHT

Friday, October 1, 4 pm

High school students are invited to explore the admissions and financial aid process. Meet with representatives from colleges with studio art, art history, and art education programs. Learn about scholarship opportunities, portfolio development, and more!

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Exterior view of Studio Bar from the 8th floor terrace. Photograph by Ryan Lowry

DINING AT THE STUDIO BAR

Fridays through Sundays, 12 pm–close

The Whitney’s sit-down Studio Bar, located on Floor 8 and extending onto the Thomas H. Lee Family Terrace, offers light bites, refreshing cocktails, and American wines and beers, all complemented by spectacular city views and outdoor sculptures.

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VACCINATION REQUIRED

In accordance with New York City requirements, visitors twelve years of age and older must be vaccinated against COVID-19 for admission to the Whitney. Face coverings are required for all visitors, regardless of vaccination status. Explore our visitor policies before your visit.

VISITOR POLICIES

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VIDEOS

JASPER JOHNS: MIND/MIRROR
OPENING SOON

Hear directly from the curators in an introductory video to the exhibition. Carlos Basualdo, Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Scott Rothkopf, Senior Deputy Director and Nancy and Steve Crown Family Chief Curator at the Whitney, share how the monumental retrospective came together.

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THE WHITNEY ON INSTAGRAM

Installation of Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror continues! Chief Curator Scott Rothkopf shares why he was interested to see Studio (1964), the first work by Johns acquired by the Whitney back in 1966, on the wall.

Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror opens at the Whitney and Philadelphia Museum of Art on September 29.

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SUPPORT THE WHITNEY

The generosity of our supporters helps care for the Museum and champion American art and artists. Please consider making a donation or becoming a member today.
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AAQ / Resource: Westhampton Architectural Glass

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Image credits:

Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper – Studio, N.Y.C, #8, 1958. Gelatin silver print: sheet, 19 7/8 × 16 in. (50.5 × 40.6 cm); image, 15 × 15 in. (38.1 × 38.1 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from Leonard A. Lauder 2020.14. © 2021 Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Lynn Hershman Leeson, Shadow Stalker, 2018–2019. Real time interactive installation with custom computer software; HD 4K video, color, sound, 10 min., dimensions variable. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of the artist and VIA Art Fund 2021.29. © Lynn Hershman Leeson

Dawoud Bey, Untitled #17 (Forest), from Night Coming Tenderly, Black, 2017. Gelatin silver print, 44 × 55 in. (111.8 × 139.7 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art; purchase, with funds from the Photography Committee in honor of Sondra Gilman 2020.29. © Dawoud Bey

Whitney Museum of American Art. Photograph by Ryan Lowry

Art College Night, October 2019. Photograph by Filip Wolak

Whitney Museum of American Art. Photograph by Ryan Lowry

Whitney Museum of American Art. Photograph by Ryan Lowry

Video by SandenWolff. Interviews/Story by Rachel Wolff. Cinematography by Jonathan Sanden and Noah Therrien. Edited by Stephen Parnigoni and Jonathan Sanden.

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