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Whitney Museum Shines Spotlight on Latinx Artists During Hispanic Heritage Month

Whitney Museum’s Diverse Lineup: A Tribute to Hispanic Heritage

New York, NY, September 14, 2023 – As Hispanic Heritage Month unfolds, the Whitney Museum of American Art proudly presents a rich tapestry of exhibitions that honor the vibrant contributions of six talented Latinx artists. Through a captivating series of exhibitions and a diverse lineup of upcoming programs, the Whitney reaffirms its commitment to celebrating the multifaceted landscape of American art.

“Ilana Savdie: Radical Contractions” Exhibition Explores the Barranquilla Carnival

The Whitney Museum of American Art proudly presents “Ilana Savdie: Radical Contractions”, a groundbreaking exhibition that celebrates the work of the powerful emerging artist Ilana Savdie. This exhibition explores themes of performance, transgression, identity, and power through large-scale vibrant paintings and black-and-white drawings, with a special acknowledgment of the artist’s Latinx heritage.

Savdie draws inspiration from a wide range of subjects, including abstract art history, folklore, human anatomy, microbiology, horror, and pop culture, weaving Latinx influence into her work.

This exhibition is on view in the Museum’s Lobby gallery, which is accessible to the public free of charge, as part of the Whitney’s enduring commitment to support and showcase the most recent work of emerging American artists.

“Inheritance” Exhibition Celebrates Latinx Artists

The Whitney Museum proudly presents “Inheritance”, featuring nearly 60 artworks by 43 prominent artists. The exhibition focuses on the profound impact of heritage across familial, historical, and aesthetic lines. Highlighting the richness of Latinx artistry, the exhibition prominently features Latinx luminaries Ana Mendieta, Sophie Rivera, and Clarissa Tossin

Inheritance” showcases recent acquisitions and rarely exhibited works, spanning a wide range of artistic media. The exhibition explores the concept of what is passed down through time and how it can change or endure.      

“Trust Me” Exhibition Explores Vulnerability and Connectivity Through Photography

The Whitney Museum invites you to immerse yourself in the “Trust Me” exhibition, celebrating the vulnerability, connectivity, and power of images. This exhibition features a captivating collection of 

photographs by artists such as Laura Aguilar, Genesis Báez, and others, including notable Latinx talents. These artists explore intuition and indeterminacy in photography, inviting viewers to connect with their personal stories and reflect on shared experiences. 

Through explorations of memory, loss, creative expression, and personal and communal identity, the artists foster connection and vulnerability, emphasizing the contributions of Latinx artists to the art world. 

These exhibitions are a testament to the Whitney Museum’s commitment to supporting emerging artists and fostering innovation in contemporary American art, with a dedicated focus on Latinx contributions.


The Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by the artist and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (1875–1942), houses the foremost collection of American art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Mrs. Whitney, an early and ardent supporter of modern American art, nurtured groundbreaking artists when audiences were still largely preoccupied with the Old Masters. From her vision arose the Whitney Museum of American Art, which has been championing the most innovative art of the United States for ninety years. The core of the Whitney’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit American art of our time and serve a wide variety of audiences in celebration of the complexity and diversity of art and culture in the United States. Through this mission and a steadfast commitment to artists, the Whitney has long been a powerful force in support of modern and contemporary art and continues to help define what is innovative and influential in American art today.


The Whitney Museum of American Art is located at 99 Gansevoort Street between Washington and West Streets, New York City. Public hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 10:30 am–6 pm; Friday, 10:30 am–10 pm; and Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 am–6 pm. Closed Tuesday. Visitors eighteen years and under and Whitney members: FREE. Admission is pay-what-you-wish on Fridays, 7–10 pm. COVID-19 vaccination and face coverings are not required but strongly recommended. We encourage all visitors to wear face coverings that cover the nose and mouth throughout their visit.

Image caption:

Ilana Savdie, Baths of Synovia (Baño Sinovial), 2023. Oil, acrylic, and beeswax on canvas stretched on panel, 120 × 86 in. (304.8 × 218.44 cm). Courtesy the artist. © Ilana Savdie. Photograph by Lance Brewer.


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