The Whitney Museum of American Art presents a series of free, on-site public programs and events celebrating Pride throughout the month of June. Pride at the Whitney will activate the Museum building and surrounding neighborhood with festivities for visitors of all ages. Pride at the Whitney is part of the Museum’s ongoing commitment to support LGBTQ+ artists and communities and offer an inclusive space for all to gather and enjoy American art.
Pride at the Whitney kicks off on June 5 with a Celebration for The Stroll on the occasion of the New York premiere of the moving and powerful HBO Documentary Film The Stroll (2023). The celebration will honor the history of the Meatpacking District and the transgender women who helped shape it following the film screening in Gansevoort Plaza, just down the street from the Whitney. Guests will be welcomed for an after-hours event at the Museum featuring music, dancing, and refreshments.
On Friday, June 9, 4–7 pm, the Museum will host a Queer Teen Night where LGBTQ+ teens and allies can participate in artmaking workshops, enjoy performances, dancing, giveaways, and a tour of landmark exhibitions Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Memory Map and Josh Kline: Project for a New American Century. Starting Friday, June 9 at 6 pm and continuing through the weekend, visitors are invited to join Whitney education staff on a Queer History Walking Tour of the Meatpacking District to learn more about the impact and history of LGBTQ+ communities in the neighborhood around the Whitney. Museum admission is pay-what-you-wish on Friday, June 9, 7–10 pm. The festivities continue with Whitney Pride Celebration on Saturday, June 10, 11 am–6 pm. The Whitney will welcome visitors to enjoy family-friendly activities, including hands-on artmaking, collaborative coloring projects, giveaways, and more.
Highlighting the history and documentation of Manhattan’s west side piers in the 1970s and 1980s, The Piers Project invites visitors to engage with writings and photographs from that time. Through photographs and first-hand written accounts capturing the scene, dancers imagine the moments and movements that occurred there in the post-Stonewall era. The performance will be presented by The Matthew Westerby Company and Hudson Guild Theatre Company in the Museum’s Susan and John Hess Family Theater on Saturday, June 17.
On Thursday, June 22, 5–6 pm, the Whitney and community partner ADAPT Community Network will host a Radical Joy Ball in the Museum’s Theater. Museum visitors are welcome to join in celebrating and recognizing those within our community who are LGBTQ+, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color), and living with a disability. Drawing from New York’s ballroom culture traditions, this event creates a space to celebrate the vibrancy of LGBTQ+ and disability pride through music, dance, and runway performances.
All events and times are subject to change.