Whitney Museum of American Art

Official Homepage: www.whitney.org

Fee: $18

Sun. 11 AM–6 PM
Mon. Closed
Tue. Closed
Wed. 11 AM–6 PM
Thu. 11 AM–6 PM
Fri. 1 PM–9 PM
No-Fee Hours: 6 PM–9 PM
Sat. 11 AM–6 PM
945 Madison Ave
Manhattan, New York 10021
(212) 570-3600

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Whitney Museum of American Art
The Whitney (website) is a Museum in New York.
Official description from Whitney:
As the preeminent institution devoted to the art of the United States, the Whitney Museum of American Art presents the full range of twentieth-century and contemporary American art, with a special focus on works by living artists. The Whitney is dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting American art, and its collection—arguably the finest holding of twentieth-century American art in the world—is the Museum’s key resource. The Museum’s signature exhibition, the Biennial, is the country’s leading survey of the most recent developments in American art.
Dan's opinion:
The Whitney is a little more claustrophobic than other similarly renowned NYC institutions. But it's kind of fun being crammed up close to one of its various eerie installations. Showing up at 3AM during its Biennial is also a good way to experience the Whitney, though it's not much less crowded even then.
Wikipedia excerpt:
The Whitney Museum of American Art, often referred to simply as "the Whitney", is an art museum with a focus on 20th- and 21st-century American art. Located at 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street in New York City, the Whitney's permanent collection contains more than 18,000 works in a wide variety of media. The Whitney places a particular emphasis on exhibiting the work of living artists for its collection as well as maintaining an extensive permanent collection containing many important pieces from the first half of the last century. The museum's Annual and Biennial exhibitions have long been a venue for younger and less well-known artists whose work is showcased by the museum. Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, the museum's namesake and founder, was herself a well-regarded sculptor as well as a serious art collector. As a patron of the arts, she had already achieved some success as the creator of the "Whitney Studio Club," a New York–based exhibition space which she created in 1918 to promote the works of avant-garde and unrecognized American artists. With the aid of her assistant, Juliana Force, Whitney had collected nearly 700 works of American art, which she offered to donate to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1929, but the museum declined the gift. This, along with the apparent preference for European modernism at the recently opened Museum of Modern Art, led Whitney to start her own museum, exclusively for American Art, in 1929. In 1931, architect Noel L. Miller converted three row houses on West 8th Street in Greenwich Village – one of which had been the location of the "Studio Club" – to be the museum's home as well as a residence for Whitney.

Promotional images for exhibits from Whitney official site

Current Exhibitions

Mar 10, 2011 – Jun 05, 2011
Glenn Ligon: AMERICA is the first comprehensive mid-career retrospective devoted to this pioneering New York–based artist.
Apr 08, 2011 – Jun 19, 2011
Dianna Molzan’s canvases engage in an open and unpredictable dialogue with the history of abstract painting

Upcoming Exhibitions

Apr 28, 2011 – Sep 18, 2011
At the turn of the twentieth century, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, an heiress and sculptor born to one of America’s wealthiest families, began to assemble a rich and highly diverse collection of modern American art.

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