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.
A greatly increased space filled with Rothkos, Pollocks, Warhols, Hoppers, and other prized works from the museum’s vast collection.
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.
Alexander Calder’s “Calder’s Circus,” in front of George Bellows’s “Dempsey and Firpo.”
The museum also features 13,000 square feet of outdoor galleries and terraces.
Robert Henri’s 1916 portrait of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, the museum’s founder.
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.
Artschwager elevators a uniquely memorable and unexpected part of the experience of coming to the Whitney.
The exterior of the new Whitney Museum of American Art, located on Gansevoort Street in Manhattan.
Architect Renzo Piano’s asymmetrical design creates a sculptural presence within the Meatpacking District of lower Manhattan, overlooking the Hudson River and the adjacent High Line elevated park.
|99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014
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