The Whitney Museum of American Art is one of the preeminent institutions devoted to modern and contemporary art of the United States,with a special focus on works by living artists.
Positioned at the foot of the High Line in the Meatpacking District, the new Whitney Museum is New York City’s newest world-class cultural destination in one of the city’s most dynamic and distinctive locations.
The building, which was designed by famed Italian architect Renzo Piano and has 50,000 square feet of galleries, (nearly three times the size of its former home) opened to the public on May 1. The museum, which was founded in 1931 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, was previously located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The Whitney focuses on 20th- and 21st-century American art with a permanent collection of more than 21,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings and other media.
Rückenfigur (2009) by Glenn Ligon (b. 1960), part of the Whitney’s exhibition, “America Is Hard to See.” Neon and paint.
A woman looks at a Chuck Close painting in a gallery at the relocated Whitney Museum of American Art in Manhattan’s meatpacking district in New York City.
The Whitney first opened its doors in 1914, in nearby Greenwich Village as the “Whitney Studio.” It was originally just a simple gallery space for neglected American artists, founded by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (above), of the famous Vanderbilt family. She was a sculptor and serious collector of American art.
She never intended to build a museum, she actually offered her collection to the Met, but the Met wasn’t interested. They didn’t think American art was very interesting in the 1920s. And so the Whitney was born.
In 1930 the museum was first housed on West 8th Street in Greenwich Village (the present-day New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting & Sculpture). Artists like Edward Hopper, George Bellows and Georgia O’Keeffe all found a home at the Whitney before they were wanted anywhere else.
Among the artists represented in the museum’s collection are Jeff Koons (“New Hoover Convertibles, Green, Blue; New Hoover Convertibles, Green, Blue; Doubledecker”), Charles Ray (“Boy”), and Nam June Paik (“On View”).
An elevator designed by Richard Artschwager.
|99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014
Check the video: