Whitney Museum of American Art
The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York is dedicated to the United States’ modern and contemporary art.
cover image: Whitney Museum of American Art, the museum entrance, photo courtesy of Whitney Museum of American Art.
The museum was founded by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in 1930 with the aim to display the work of contemporary American artists. In 1966 the museum relocated in uptown Manhattan, housed in a famous stone-clad modernist building designed by the Hungarian-born architect Marcel Breuer. On May 1, 2015, the Whitney museum moves to a new building, located in downtown Manhattan’s meatpacking district, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano.
The Breuer’s building becoming an additional exhibition facility for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Whitney’s collection is composed of over 21,000 works created by US artists during the 20th and 21st century; it is considered the most important collection in the world dedicated to American art and includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, videos and installations by Hopper, Prendergast, Sloan, Avery, O’Keeffe, Marsh, Calder, Gorky, Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Oldenburg, van Bruggen, Pollock, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, and Andy Warhol, just to name some among the 3,000 artists currently represented.
The Whitney also features temporary exhibitions and the renowned Whitney Biennial which, since 1932, is aimed to provide a constantly up-to-date survey on the developments in American art. The museum also organizes lectures, conferences, artist’s talks, workshops and educational programs for seniors, families, kids, and teens.
The museum building also contains two theaters, a shop, a café and a restaurant.
The Whitney Museum is accessible to people with disabilities.
Whitney Museum of American Art, external view, photo courtesy of Whitney Museum of American Art.
Whitney Museum of American Art, internal view, photo courtesy of Whitney Museum of American Art.
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