- Thank philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney that you can view masterpieces of American art from 1900 to today
- Delve into the world of the avant-garde with the Andy Warhol Film Project, then rise back up to the present with a panoramic view of New York from one of the Whitney’s many scenic terraces
- Experience an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ moment when you ride the whimsical elevators. You’ll feel like you’re floating in a giant basket!
In the early 20th century the art world was heavily biased towards European art and older classics. The philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney wasn't having it. She started her own museum devoted to living American artists. It's prospered ever since, becoming a touchstone of artistic achievement of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Still devoted to American art, the Whitney houses 21,000 works by 3,000 artists across many media. You’ll find paintings, sculptures, drawings, videos, photography and new media. We’re not saying you’ll get to feast your eyes on each and every piece, but you will get an insight into how American creative genius has manifested itself from 1900 to today.
Andy Warhol might be the most iconic name among the artists featured, but you’ll also get to meet other 20th century titans such as Jasper Johns, Georgia O’Keefe and Edward Hopper.
In addition to the visionaries of the recent past, the Whitney is still very much dedicated to championing the new. Every two years the Whitney Biennial features the work of young up-and-coming American artists.
Like most New Yorkers, the Whitney has moved around the city, a lot. Its most recent move was in 2015 to a new Downtown building designed by famed architect Renzo Piano. The new building gives the Whitney more space than ever to showcase its massive collection of modern and contemporary American art.
Located on the West side of Manhattan in the Meatpacking district, the Whitney Museum of American Art right off the High Line is the place you’ll meet American genius of the now.
Laura Poitras: Astro Noise (May 2016): An immersive installation of new work by Laura Poitras that addresses topics such as mass surveillance, the war on terror, the US’s drone program, military occupation, indefinite detention, and torture.
Open Plan (Feb 25 - May 14): Experimental five-part exhibition using the Whitney’s dramatic 5th floor as a single open gallery, unobstructed by interior walls.
Stuart Davis: In Full Swing (Jun 10–Sept 25): Presents approximately 100 works by Stuart Davis, an artist who brought an American accent to international modernism and blurred distinctions between text and image, high and low culture, and abstraction and figuration in his work.
Danny Lyon: Message to the Future (Jun 17–Sept 25): The first comprehensive retrospective of the career of Danny Lyon to be presented in 25 years.
99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014, United States
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with all of Manhattan visible - was an breathtaking experience. The exhibitions were educational and stunning. Bravo to all!!