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Join David Breslin, the Whitney’s DeMartini Family Curator and Director of Curatorial Initiatives, for a virtual tour of the exhibition The Whitney’s Collection: Selections from 1900 to 1965.

The presentation will focus on paintings that particularly resonate during this time of crisis and opportunity. We'll explore various ways—from subject matter to palette and paint handling—that artists have used stillness almost as a decoy. Charles Sheeler, Elsie Driggs, Horace Pippin, Andrew Wyeth, Edward Hopper, Kay Sage, Jacob Lawrence, and Norman Lewis embrace stillness in their paintings paradoxically, to suggest the turbulence beneath the veneer of calm.

Breslin shared, "You can practically feel the buzzing intensity of each painting’s surface tension. Is this a way that paintings can feel like change even if nothing happens? As people are marching in support of Black lives and as monuments to racism are falling, it might seem odd to be talking about painting and stillness. But looking—like painting—is a form of training and world-making. If all isn’t what it seems, perhaps we can learn to see differently and make the world we want."

Jul 9, 2020 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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