At the Whitney Museum of American Art

Virtually explore the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City with Smarthistory as your guide

Some background

videos + essays

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Muriel Hasbun, <em>Todos los santos (Volcán de Izalco, amén)</em>
Muriel Hasbun, Todos los santos (Volcán de Izalco, amén)

Superimposing Arabic calligraphy over a photograph of El Salvador's Izalco volcano, Hasbun reflects on her family's diasporic origins.

David Wojnarowicz, <em>Untitled (One Day This Kid . . .)</em>
David Wojnarowicz, Untitled (One Day This Kid . . .)

Having the young Wojnarowicz’s face disseminated as a visible queer child was a potent political symbol.

Ben Shahn, <em>The Passion of Sacco and Vanzetti</em>
Ben Shahn, The Passion of Sacco and Vanzetti

Shahn makes an not-so-subtle comparison between Christ and two Italians executed for a crime they didn’t commit.

Eva Hesse, <em>Untitled (Rope Piece)</em>
Eva Hesse, Untitled (Rope Piece)

This sculpture was hanging in the artist’s studio at the time of her death; it can be hung in numerous ways.

Robert Morris, <em>(Untitled) L-Beams</em>
Robert Morris, (Untitled) L-Beams

Are these objects the same size? Morris challenges our perception.