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Benefit Week | Tour of the Whitney Biennial

April 9, 2022 | 3:00 pm

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Please join us at the Whitney Museum of American Art for a private tour of the 2022 Whitney Biennial.

The 80th edition of the biennial, entitled Quiet as It’s Kept, will showcase the work of 63 artists and collectives distributed throughout most of the museum’s space.

Quiet as It’s Kept—a colloquialism typically said before the statement of something obviously meant to be kept a secret—was selected as the title after the co-organizers, curators David Breslin and Adrienne Edwards, were inspired by the usage of the phrase in a Toni Morrison novel and as the title of a Max Roach album. ‘The 2022 biennial arrives at a time haunted by a global pandemic and plagued by ongoing racial and economic inequities and polarizing politics,’ says Adam D. Weinberg, the museum’s Alice Pratt Brown director. ‘The artists in the exhibition challenge us to consider how these realities affect our senses of self and community and offer one of the broadest and most diverse takes on art in the United States that the Whitney has offered in many years.'”

– Pili Swanson, Gotham Magazine

The Whitney Biennial is the longest-running survey of American art, and has been a hallmark of the Museum since 1932. Initiated by the Museum’s founder Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney as an invitational exhibition featuring artwork created in the preceding two years, the biennials were originally organized by medium, with painting alternating with sculpture and works on paper. Starting in 1937, the Museum shifted to yearly exhibitions called Annuals. The current format—a survey show of work in all media occurring every two years—has been in place since 1973. More than 3,600 artists have participated in a biennial or annual.

This is the second of two tours on Saturday, April 9. The first is at 1:30pm. Please click here if you are looking for the 1:30pm tour.

This program is $30 for ArtTable members, who may bring an additional guests for $45.
Capacity is limited.

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When you next visit the Whitney, you’ll see that enhanced precautions are being taken for your health and well-being. Prepare for your next visit by reading these updated guidelines the Museum has put in place to make your visit as safe and stress-free as possible.

Stay at home if you are feeling sick.
Please do not visit the Museum if you have a fever or any COVID-19 symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 14 days, or have had close contact with anyone who is confirmed or is suspected of having COVID-19.

Face coverings are required, even if you are vaccinated.
Face coverings that cover the nose and mouth must be worn at all times on the premises by all visitors over the age of two. Face visors can be worn, but only in conjunction with a mask. Masks with valves will not be allowed in the Museum, due to the sustained risk of COVID-19 transmission these coverings pose; visitors who arrive wearing these coverings will be required to use a mask provided by the Whitney to gain entry.

Stay six feet apart.
Please follow all directional signage and ground markings throughout the Museum to help visitors and staff navigate galleries, stairwells, elevators, and restrooms while maintaining distances of at least six feet.

Leave large bags at home.
Coat check is not available at this time. All backpacks, shoulder bags, and strollers will need to stay with you at all times. Please note that oversized bags (larger than 11x15x5 inches) will not be permitted in the Museum. On wet days, umbrella bags will be issued.

Comply with our safety protocols.
The Museum reserves the right to require that visitors who do not follow posted safety guidelines or instructions from staff leave the premises.

Contact tracing.
The Museum may share your name and email address with a governmental health authority should that information be requested for COVID-19 contact tracing purposes. If you do not want your name or email address used for these purposes, please email

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public space where people are present. The museum cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed to COVID-19 during your visit, and all those entering the Whitney do so at their own risk as to such exposure.

Whitney staff and visitors have the right to an environment free from abusive, threatening, or inappropriate behavior. The Museum reserves the right to remove any person acting in an unacceptable or inappropriate manner.

The Whitney invites visitors to experience the richness and complexity of American art in an inclusive, welcoming environment.

Wheelchair Access
Getting here - Download a map of the area surrounding the Museum, highlighting accessible pathways from public transportation, parking facilities, and the High Line. Due to ongoing construction, some streets and sidewalks may not be accessible.

Access-a-Ride - The New York City MTA offers drop-off and pick-up service from the Whitney Museum on the corner of Washington and Gansevoort Street.

Entrance - The accessible path to the Whitney’s main entrance at 99 Gansevoort Street runs from Washington Street along the south side of the building, past the Museum's restaurant on the ground floor. The staff entrance at 555 West Street is also accessible.

Wheelchair availability - Manual wheelchairs are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis at the admissions desk on Floor 1 or at the coat check.
Restrooms - Accessible restrooms are located on Floors -1, 3, 7, and 8. Single user/all-gender restrooms are located on Floors -1, 3, and 8.
Galleries - All levels of the Museum are accessible by elevator. Doorways to outdoor terraces are equipped with automatic openers.

Service animals - Service animals are welcome at the Whitney.


Assistive listening systems

Floor 1: Service locations at the admissions desk and membership desk are equipped with induction hearing loops that transmit sound directly to hearing aids equipped with a T-coil.
In the galleries: The Kaufman Gallery (Floor 5) is equipped with an induction hearing loop. To use, please switch your hearing aid to “T.”

ASL Mobile Guide tour: This engaging video tour explores iconic highlights from the Whitney’s collection in American Sign Language with closed captioning. The Mobile Guide is available for free online.
Transcripts - Transcripts are available for audio and video works with sound in the Access section of the Mobile Guide.
Synchronous mobile captioning - Synchronous mobile captioning is available for select video and sound works on view by scanning a QR code in the galleries with your mobile device, or by accessing the Mobile Guide. Many video works on view also have open captions.
Services Available By Request
American Sign Language interpretation - ASL-English interpretation is available for public programs and events upon request with five business days advance notice. To place a request, please contact us at or (646) 666-5574 (voice). Relay and voice calls welcome.
Braille - Please email or call (646) 666-5574 to request English language publications in Braille. Please provide two weeks advance notice for Braille requests.
Live captioning - Live captioning is available for public programs and events upon request with five business days advance notice. We will make every effort to provide accommodation for requests made outside of that window of time. To place a request, please contact us at or (646) 666-5574 (voice). Relay and voice calls welcome.
Verbal Description - Verbal Description is available for public programs and events upon request with two weeks advance notice. Please be advised that this accommodation is contingent upon the availability of describers. To place a request, please contact us at or (646) 666-5574 (voice). Relay and voice calls welcome.

If you have access-related questions or feedback about your visit to the Whitney, please contact us at or (646) 666-5574. 

Located at 99 Gansevoort Street in Manhattan's Meatpacking District—steps away from the Hudson River Greenway and the West Side Highway—the Whitney is easily accessible by bicycle, car, and public transportation. Click here to get directions from any location.

There are numerous parking garages in the area:

There are three ICON parking facilities nearby, at 99 Jane Street, 134–36 Jane Street, and 385 West 15th Street.

Bicycle racks are available in the front of the Museum, and Citi Bike docks are located at the southwest corner of Gansevoort and Washington Streets.

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April 9, 2022
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