VISITING THE NEW WHITNEY MUSEUM

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Photograph by Ed Lederman

WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART known as “The Whitney” is a NYC museum highlighting 20th and 21st century American art.  It was founded in 1931 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney.

The galleries have high ceilings, tall windows, it is light and airy. There is a wonderful mix of favorites like Edwatrd Hopper, Jasper Johns, and Georgia O’Keeffe. The museum is ideally located in the Meatpacking District, a hot district in Manhattan. Even the elevators are fetchingly designed like sculptures by Richard Artschwager. I love the outdoor galleries with panoramic vistas — who could not love the fabulous river views?

The permanent collection houses about 21, 000 paintings sculptures, drawing prints,  photographs, videos, and new media. From 1966 to 2014 the museum was on 75th Street and Madison Avenue.   It closed in October 2014 to relocate to 99 Gansevoort Street in lower Manhattan and reopened its doors on May 1, 2015.

Here is a synopsis through photographs of my recent visit:

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Florine Stettheimer

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A View from the 8th floor terrace

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View of the High Line from a terrace at The Whitney

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On the 7th floor terrace

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The Calder Circus, 1927

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Thomas Hart Benton

Thomas Hart Benton

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The Walking Man by Bill Traylor

Jasper Johns

Jasper Johns

John Sloan

Greenwich Village by John Sloan

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