Don’t Miss at the Whitney: Craft, Entablatures, Jazz, Readymades, Video and Water

Don’t Miss at the Whitney: Craft, Entablatures, Jazz, Readymades, Video and Water

At the Whitney this fall, the museum presents its audience with an eclectic mix of artists who each question American culture, art practice, and public versus private space.

Starting on the 8th floor, Jason Moran presents his first solo exhibition which incorporates the artist’s own jazz music, while his works and collaborations with other artists like Kara Walker show the experimental capacity of art.

Heading down to the sixth floor is the museum’s newest exhibition, ​Making Knowing: Craft in Art, 1950–2019​. ​Often craft is limited to a certain category that is excluded from the realm of fine art. In this show, artists have presented how drastic and expressive craft can be, its potential and the questions of value in art.

On the fifth floor is Rachel Harrison’s​: Life Hack​. Her works vary between drawing, photography, and sculpture. She reflects on and discusses pop and political culture in the U.S., making you ask yourself how does the meaning of life hack relate to the ideas she presents. Adjacent on this floor is Alan Michelson’s​: Wolf Nation.​ It is a video installation in which he’s able to address indigenous identity through active and passive resistance.

Next on the third floor, are Roy Lichtenstein’s entablatures which present a different medium and style typical from his most renown works. In this exhibition Lichtenstein has recreated classical entablatures from buildings located in lower Manhattan, synthesizing the classical with his more contemporary approach.

Finally, in the lobby, there’s is Pope. L’s: ​Choir​, an interactive and immersive installation that discusses and critiques the Flint water crisis. This work challenges American society even further as he has carefully placed various glasses of water throughout the museum including some in the private staff offices. His works bridge the divide between these traditionally separated spaces and in a way creates a choir throughout the museum.

Three of these shows, ​Jason Moran​, Rachel Harrison: ​Life Hack​, and Alan Michelson: ​Wolf Nation​ are only on until early January, if you have time stop by the Whitney and stay tuned for our upcoming event to the opening of, ​Vida Americana: Mexican Muralists Remake American Art, 1925–1945​ once it opens on February 17th.

Hunter College students, staff, and faculty with Hunter ID receive free admission to the Whitney Museum.