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The Whitney Museum of American Art opened a new building on the Hudson Waterfront a year ago. I’m embarrassed to say it took me an entire year to visit the museum, but I did attend twice in one week to get the feel of both daytime and after dark. There’s a lot you might want to know about this new museum, but I’m going to stick to the architecture, the terraces, and the artwork.
As you might have read, the Whitney was formerly located in the building on 75th and Madison, designed by Marcel Breuer, which has been acquired by the Met and turned into the Met Breuer. The new building located just across the highway from the Hudson River and at the start of the highline was designed by Renzo Piano.
The building has 8 floors (+ a basement) and four terraces on the backside of the building offering river and city skyline views. Someone recently asked me how they could meet their needs of going to a museum, but also spending some time outdoors. The Whitney is a great solution to this warm weather problem. You can flow from indoor to outdoor gallery enjoying interesting art along the way. In addition to the great views and a cafe, the terraces house several sculptures. You can see White Snow by Paul McCarthy, Black Star by Frank Stella, and a few other pieces while taking in the amazing views of the city.
The Whitney is home to American contemporary art. It was founded by sculptor Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, whose artwork can be found in the Museum as well as a portrait of her in one of the current exhibits. With its spacious galleries, The Whitney can now display more of its collection than ever before. Currently on view on the top floors is the Exhibit Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection. You can also see June Leaf: Thought is Infinite on the ground floor. The newest exhibit Mirror Cells opened last week, but I didn’t make it to view that exhibit yet.
These are just a few of the pieces of artwork you will find in the Whitney Museum of American Art. If you get the chance while in New York, you should definitely take the time to stop by this new building and check out the art and the views from the terraces. It is a unique experience in one of Manhattan’s most interesting neighborhoods!