New York attractions: New places to go in NYC in the future
Find out what’s happening with New York attractions that are opening in the future, including the final section of the High Line and new spaces on Governors Island.
Tue Oct 16 2012
Photograph: Courtesy Renzo Piano
Whitney Museum of American Art, rendering
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Whitney Museum of American Art
What it is: The institution is planting a seed in the Meatpacking District at the base of the High Line. Slated to open in 2015, the new space will showcase modern and contemporary art in both indoor and outdoor galleries.
Why you should care: The Whitney hasn’t made a gambit this big since it relocated to the Upper East Side in 1966. This new downtown extension, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, will comprise 63,000 square feet of gallery space over nine floors. (And outdoors—13,000 square feet of that space will be located on a series of rooftops.) The building will be sandwiched between the High Line and the Hudson, so it won’t lack for stellar backdrops. A cantilevered entryway and asymmetrical shape are designed to make the structure blend seamlessly into the surrounding neighborhood’s industrial and natural elements. The new spot will allow the Whitney to display many more pieces from its collection of 19,000-plus works by American artists, as well as offer a sizable gallery for temporary exhibits. Gansevoort St at Washington St (whitney.org). Opens 2015.—Jenna Scherer