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“Am I As Much As Being Seen?”: A Project by Whitney Youth Insight Teens and Artist Fred Wilson

The Whitney Museum of American Art houses one of the world’s foremost collections of 20th century American art. The Permanent Collection  of some 12,000 works encompasses paintings, sculptures, multimedia installations, drawings, prints, photography and is still growing. Arts education has always been a central part of the Whitney’s Mission.

The Project

This spring, Youth Insights Leaders met over the course of the semester with artist Fred Wilson. They began by visiting Wilson’s studio to learn about his working methods, ideas, and inspirations. The teens and Wilson discussed what it means to be a teen in New York City today. Together, they decided to create a photography project that explored the theme of observation in the teens’ loves. Using large-format film or digital cameras, YI Leaders captured images of their neighborhoods, families, and communities. Wilson led the teens in a studio critique and helped them select the final images for display.

Youth Insights Leaders include:

Elizabeth Akant The Brearley School
Emiliano Burr The Bronx High School of Science
Hannah Celli Ethical Culture Fieldston School
Julia Delmedico The Bronx High School of Science
Michelle Hu The Bronx High School of Science
Raymond John Gotham Professional Arts Academy
Alex Kim The Bronx High School of Science
Skye O’Reilly Bard High School Early College, Queens Campus
Adena Pinnock Arts and Media Preparatory Academy
Niki Sanders Hunter College High School
Keyana Taffe Williamsburg Charter High School
Ramsey Vazquez West Bronx Academy for the Future

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