Whitney Museum of American Art
Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet and Paul Gauguin all have one thing in common: they had to pop their clogs in order to get their name out there. Hoping to save her contemporaries from a similar fate, artist and impresario Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney established a space in New York in 1914 dedicated to presenting living artists overlooked by traditional venues.
Now, over a century later, the Whitney Museum of American Art is upgrading to the swankiest of new digs – a 200,000-square-foot super salon designed by starchitect Renzo Piano, perched on the banks of the River Hudson.
Located next to LUXE favourite the High Line in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, this brilliant-white bobby-dazzler makes its mark on more than just the Big Apple’s iconic skyline; it’s also shaping how the world regards C.20th and C.21st American art.
The inaugural exhibition America is Hard to See opens along with the new museum space on 1 May and delves deep into the Whitney’s permanent collection, reflecting on the national identity and how it has been explored and expressed over the past 115 years.
Those in need of a flop-spot after all that art can refuel at the top floor cafe, while performance art aesthetes can get their fill at the double-height waterfront theatre. Now, how’s that for state of the art smart?
99 Gansevoort St / MePa / +1 212 570 3600 / 10.30am-6pm Sun-Mon & Wed, 10.30am-10pm Thu-Sat / whitney.org