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Whitney Museum of American Art
For most of its history, the Whitney Museum, originally founded by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in 1931, was located on New York's Upper East Side, in the building that now houses the Met Breuer. In 2015, it reopened in a new, larger space designed by Renzo Piano in Manhattan's Meatpacking District. The institution's permanent collection is especially strong in works by leading artists from the first half of the 20th century, and as you might expect from its official name, American artists are particularly well represented—Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Stuart Davis, Edward Hopper, and many others. Visiting exhibitions tend to focus on living artists who are still producing new pieces; the museum's Whitney Biennial (now taking place in odd-numbered years) is arguably the preeminent showcase in the United States for young contemporary artists. In addition to the galleries, the building has a number of outdoor terraces dotted with sculptures and offering views of Lower Manhattan and the Hudson River.
By John Newton, AFAR Contributor
Modern Art in Chelsea
The new location of the Whitney Museum of American Art, recently opened between The High Line and the Hudson River. It's a great way to add some extra culture to your visit to NYC. Make a day out of a trip to Chelsea, by stopping by after a stroll through High Line Park. The Whitney features artists of the twentieth-century, with a special focus on artists that are still living.
By Samantha Juda, AFAR Staff
The Whitney for American Art
Established in 1931 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney as a showcase for American artists, the Whitney continues to be the premier museum in the world for 20th-century American art. It displays masterworks from contemporary artists such as Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe and Roy Lichtenstein.
By Marc Einsele
Whitney Museum of American Art
This long-standing art institution relocated from its Upper East Side post in the Breuer Building to a new Meatpacking District locale, just blocks down from Chelsea on trendy Gansevoort Street. Not only does it offer striking riverfront views, but the $422-million, 50,000-square-foot space is strategically located at the base of the High Line, so visitors can take a stroll on the elevated pedestrian path before diving into the works of the world’s most revered contemporary artists. Modern art lovers will appreciate permanent exhibitions by greats such as Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol and Georgia O'Keeffe, along with installations by artists-in-residence and visiting exhibits like Archibald Motley’s, whose Jazz Age Modernist runs from now through mid-January. Along with its fancy new home, the Whitney now lays claim to the elegant Untitled restaurant, a new Danny Meyer concept with Gramercy Tavern alum Michael Anthony at the helm. For more information, visit http://whitney.org/
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