Whitney Museum of American Art

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RECOMMENDED: Whitney Museum of American Art

After nearly 50 years in its Marcel-Breur-designed building on Madison Avenue at 75th Street, the Whitney Museum decamped in 2015 to a brand new home in Lower Manhattan's Meatpacking District, conceived by international starchitect Renzo Piano. Planted at the foot of the Highline along Ganesvoort Street, the new Whitney building boasts some 63, 000 square feet of both indoor and outdoor exhibition space. Founded in 1931 by sculptor and art patron Gertrude Vanderbilt, the Whitney is dedicated to presenting the work of American artists. Its collection holds about 15,000 pieces by nearly 2,000 artists, including Alexander Calder, Willem de Kooning, Edward Hopper (the museum holds his entire estate), Jasper Johns, Louise Nevelson, Georgia O’Keeffe and Claes Oldenburg. Still, the museum’s reputation rests mainly on its temporary shows, particularly the exhibition everyone loves to hate, the Whitney Biennial. Held in even-numbered years, the Biennial remains the most prestigious (and controversial) assessment of contemporary art in America.


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Venue name: Whitney Museum of American Art
Address: 99 Gansevoort St
New York
Cross street: between Tenth Ave and Washington St
Opening hours: Mon, Wed, Sun 10:30am–6pm; Thu–Sat 10:30am–10pm
Transport: Subway: L to Eighth Ave (14th St); A, C, E to 14th St (Eighth Ave)
Price: $22; seniors, students $18; 18 and under free

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  • Painting Wednesday October 7 2015 - Sunday January 17 2016
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  • Experimental theater Saturday October 17 2015 - Saturday October 24 2015
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  • Contemporary art Friday October 30 2015 - Sunday February 7 2016
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  • Contemporary art Friday November 20 2015 - Sunday March 6 2016
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Jillian Anthony

This is the hot new museum to visit right now and the very long lines, especially on the weekend, show it. But the wait is worth it! I went in the first two weeks it was open with my mom in tow, as it makes a lovely visit for out-of-towners and locals alike. It's right in the heart of the Meatpacking District with plenty of restaurants, bars, shopping and art galleries to browse through and it's steps away from the High Line. Every floor has incredible outdoor overlooks with expansive views of the city and the Hudson River. The inaugural exhibit was a history lesson in NYC art—I was especially captivated by the artworks made at the height of the AIDS crisis, a powerful reminder of the past and the continued fight for basic human rights. 

Grace I Chen

I finally visited the new Whitney Museum this weekend, and wow, the new building is impressive. For the inauguration, a single exhibit “America Is Hard to See” takes over all 8 floors. Beware, many people are thinking the same thing (I must visit the Whitney), and the lines, at least on the weekend, extend out the door. After you get your ticket though, the rest of the museum experience is tranquil and surprisingly not overwhelmingly crowded. You start at the top floor and work your way down. Don’t forget to step out on the many balconies on each floor to get beautiful views of the city as well as the Hudson.