Whitney sponsoring series with Kamoinge Workshop photographers


Installation view of ‘Working Together: The Photographers of the Kamoinge Workshop’ (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Nov. 21, 2020-March 28, 2021). Photograph by Ron Amstutz, courtesy of the Whitney

NEW YORK – The Whitney Museum has announced a selection of its forthcoming virtual public programs through April 2021, including a new partnership with Aperture. Hosted online, these free talks and presentations will focus on current exhibitions “Vida Americana: Mexican Muralists Remake American Art, 1925–1945; “Salman Toor: How Will I Know;” and “Working Together: The Photographers of the Kamoinge Workshop” as well as the upcoming career survey of Julie Mehretu.

Organized by the museum’s Education and Digital Content departments, these programs allow audiences to hear directly from artists, curators and scholars in keeping with the Whitney’s commitment to providing continued opportunities for learning, engagement and entertainment.

Programs surrounding “Working Together” offer audiences the opportunity to learn more about the collective’s genesis in Harlem in the 1960s, its role in the Black Arts Movement, and the distinct, multifaceted practices of its members. Bringing together the artists with leading scholars and writers, these programs are organized in partnership with Aperture, a not-for-profit foundation that seeks to connect the photo community and its audiences with inspiring work and ideas and further photography’s contributions to society and contemporary culture.

Among those contributing their voices and perspectives to these public programs are Kamoinge Workshop photographers Anthony Barboza, Adger Cowans, C. Daniel Dawson, Jimmie Mannas, Herb Robinson, Beuford Smith, Ming Smith and Shawn Walker; writer, author and cultural critic Tanisha Ford; Getty Research Institute curator LeRonn P. Brooks; filmmaker and writer RaMell Ross; musician and critic Greg Tate; and Whitney assistant curators Rujeko Hockley and Carrie Springer.

The museum also announced Tuesday that the next Walter Annenberg Lecture will feature artist Julie Mehretu, whose midcareer career survey opens at the Whitney on March 25. Mehretu will speak with Adam D. Weinberg, the museum’s director. The conversation will delve into Mehretu’s explorations of abstraction, architecture, landscape and scale, as well as her more recent figurative work. The annual lecture is given in honor of the late Walter H. Annenberg, philanthropist, patron of the arts, and former ambassador.

Additional offerings feature Whitney curators and educators leading conversations on the museum’s exhibitions as well as scholars Elizabeth Ferrer and Roberto Tejada coming together for a special program exploring the history and present of Latinx photography in the United States. All programs are free to the public. For updates and complete ticketing details, visit whitney.org.