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Whitney Museum of American Art  The Whitney houses one of the world's foremost collections of modern and contemporary American art. Grams by Sarah Meller in Marketing.

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Predominantly a sculptor, #JimmieDurham often combines found objects and natural materials into his work. Explore the range in his retrospective, on view through January 28.

Now available on @apple’s app store: iMessage stickers by #LauraOwens! The artist based the set of 50 emojis on a series of hand-carved, glazed porcelain sculptures she created in 2015. Tap the link in our profile to download the pack for free. Happy texting, all!

Like many of #LauraOwens’s paintings, Untitled (2013) has an energy that comes from a tension between the images on the surface and those that seem to exist a bit deeper in space. Here, the surface is loose and swirly—by contrast, the background mostly consists of a regular, silkscreened grid, which the artist produced digitally. Owens has used the same grid in other paintings that otherwise look nothing like this one! [📷 @bsgphoto]

In honor of #MLKDay, here is #LouisHDraper's Fannie Lou Hamer, Mississippi (c. 1960). Draper's portrait of the civil rights activist is emblematic of his humanistic approach to photography. In the 1960s, Draper cofounded the Kamoinge Workshop, a Harlem-based group of African American photographers devoted to representing the diversity and complexity of Black communities. Draper’s portrait was commissioned by @Essence magazine to accompany an interview with Hamer in its October 1971 issue. The daughter of sharecroppers, Hamer was a central figure in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee’s 1964 Freedom Summer, which organized volunteers to travel around Mississippi registering disenfranchised African American voters; she later cofounded the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. See the portrait now in An Incomplete History of Protest (we’re open 10:30 am to 6 pm today). #WhitneyCollection
[Louis H. Draper (1935-2002), #FannieLouHamer, Mississippi, c. 1960. Gelatin silver print. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Photography Committee. © Louis H. Draper Preservation Trust]

@dreadscottart talks about his work on view in An Incomplete History of Protest, as well as The New No’s by @badlandsunlmtd and artist #PaulChan. Tap the link in our profile to hear more. #WhitneyCollection

“I think art is a total thing. A total person giving a contribution. It is an essence, a soul, and that’s what it’s about.”—#EvaHesse, born #onthisday in 1936. Here's Hesse standing in front of her work Expanded Expansion (1969), installed in Anti-Illusion: Procedures/Materials, which was on view at the Whitney during the summer of 1969. #ThrowbackThursday [📷 Frances Mulhall Achiles Library, Whitney Museum of American Art, N.Y.]

What’s on the horizon? #LauraOwens is closing Feb 4! For more than twenty years, Los Angeles–based Laura Owens has pioneered an innovative approach to painting that has made her one of the most influential artists of her generation. Her bold and experimental work challenges traditional assumptions about figuration and abstraction, as well as the relationships among avant-garde art, craft, pop culture, and technology. The exhibition is not to be missed!

Happy birthday to our founder Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, born #otd in 1875. She commissioned this portrait in 1916 from artist Robert Henri. When Henri’s portrait was finished, Mrs. Whitney’s husband, Harry Payne Whitney, refused to allow her to hang it in their Fifth Avenue townhouse—he didn’t want his friends to see a picture of his wife, as he put it, "in pants." The portrait hung instead in Whitney’s West 8th Street studio, which in 1931 became the first home of the #WhitneyMuseum. Henri’s portrait is part of the #WhitneyCollection, as are several of Mrs. Whitney's own sculptures. Tap the link in our profile to see more! [Robert Henri (1865–1929), Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, 1916. Oil on canvas, 50 × 72 in. (127 × 182.9 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Flora Whitney Miller 86.70.3 © Estate of Robert Henri]

1 #shelfie, 1 book, 10(!) covers. 😍📚 The original print run of the #LauraOwens catalogue is almost sold out! Every book features a unique cover that was screen-printed by hand in the artist’s studio. Pick one up at the #WhitneyShop (onsite or online).

You may be awed by the scale of many of #LauraOwens’s paintings, but they also reward up-close looking! 👀 Take a moment to zoom into Untitled (1996): inside each of the thickly painted blue droplets you’ll find doodlings—little worlds that are hidden at first view. In the shape in the lower left corner, seen here, there is a self-portrait of the artist at work.

Snowy NYC scene from our seventh-floor outdoor gallery❄️ #WhitneyCollection #blizzard2018
[#AlexanderCalder (1898–1976), The Cock's Comb, 1960. © 2018 @CalderFoundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York]

#NewYearsResolution to learn more about art? Sign up for our three-week course, which kicks off later this month! Art As Activism, Activism as Art will consider different aesthetic strategies that artists have used to address the politically urgent questions of their time. Use discount code HOLIDAY50 through January 8 to save on registration. More info at the link in our profile. #WhitneyCollection
[#GuerrillaGirls (b. 1985), Guerrilla Girls Review the Whitney, 1987. Offset lithograph, 22 × 17 in. (55.9 × 43.2 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase 2000.91. © Guerrilla Girls]

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