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Visit to the Whitney Museum of American Art



For the second year in a row, in partnership with Art Beyond Sight, teens from the Youth Insights program at the Whitney Museum of American Art led a tour of the exhibition Modern Life: Edward Hopper and his time for a group of students from the New York Institute for Special Education (NYISE). Along with using drama and movement, they created tactile diagrams and gave lively verbal descriptions. They offered NYISE students opportunities to weave their own stories for each painting observed. Everyone came up with insightful suggestions. In discussing Edward Hopper’s New York Interior, William suggested that “maybe the young girl in the painting had just been ditched at her wedding.” Who knows…

At the end of the tour the group gathered for more discussion and a snack. Teens from the museum explained how they got involved with the program and what they hope to achieved. Students from the NYISE shared their interest in art and recent projects they have been working on with Mr. Jason.

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