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The Whitney's Collection: Selections from 1900 to 1965 Whitney Museum of American Art

Feb 3, 2021 — May 31, 2022

Winding the clocks back to 1930, this exhibition of over 120 works from the Whitney's own collection celebrates the founding of the museum by sculptor and art patron Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney.

Mrs. Whitney recognized both the importance of American contemporary art and the need to support the artists who made it. The collection she assembled highlighted the unique perspective of US...

Winding the clocks back to 1930, this exhibition of over 120 works from the Whitney's own collection celebrates the founding of the museum by sculptor and art patron Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney.

Mrs. Whitney recognized both the importance of American contemporary art and the need to support the artists who made it. The collection she assembled highlighted the unique perspective of US artists to reveal the complexity and beauty of modern American life.

The exhibition begins with a gallery devoted to selections from the Museum’s founding collection, followed by galleries that weave their way through major art historical movements and genres. Key achievements by individual figures, including Georgia O’Keeffe and Jacob Lawrence, are interspersed throughout the show.

Icons of the collection such as Calder’s Circus and the work of Edward Hopper are featured, as well as more recent acquisitions – in particular, Norman Lewis’ American Totem (1960), a painting made at the height of the civil rights movement by an under-appreciated protagonist in the story of Abstract Expressionism. Such additions demonstrate that the Whitney’s collection is a dynamic cultural resource that allows us to continually reframe the history of American life and artistic production.

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The Whitney is a beautiful museum dedicated to the works of American artists in the twentieth and twenty first century. Named after founder and socialite Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney the museum's collection of new and innovative American contemporary art is unmatched.

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