Why You Shouldn’t Miss This
The Whitney Museum was established in 1931 as a museum dedicated exclusively to American art, with a special focus on living artists. Gertrude Whitney, of the famed Vanderbilt family and the namesake of the institution, was a well-regarded sculptor and a serious art collector as well. She had collected over 700 works of art and offered 500 of them to the Museum of Modern Art. Upon being declined the offer due to a slight preference for European Modern Art, Gertrude Whitney decided to start her own museum, exclusively for American art. The museum was located in the Upper East Side for 50 years before moving to its current location. The building, spread over 220,000 square feet and distributed through 9 floors, was designed by the renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano and is a work of art in itself. The museum consists of exhibition spaces, an education center, a reading room, a theater and a conservation lab.
Explore the breadth and depth of a collection that has helped define what is innovative and influential in American art since the beginning of the twentieth century. The permanent collection at the Whitney consists of works by artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Man Ray, Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol. Also be sure not to miss works from original artists like Peggy Bacon, George Bellows, Stuart Davis, Charles Demuth, Mabel Dwight, Edward Hopper, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Reginald Marsh, and John Sloan.
Some of the Current Exhibitions include
- Jimmie Durham: At the center of the world (until Jan 28, 2018)
- Laura Owens (until Feb 4, 2018)
- Toyin Ojih Odutola: To Wander Determined (until Feb 25, 2018)
- Labor of Sleep
- The Line
Do not miss
- Study for Nighthawks, Edward Hopper
- Four Darks in Red, Mark Rothko
- Number 27, 1950, Jackson Pollock
Know Before You Go:
Please note that the museum remains closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
The Museum is closed on Tuesdays.
Sunday-Thursday (except Tuesday): 10:30 AM - 6 PM
Friday and Saturday: 10:30 AM - 10 PM
Subway: The closest lines are the A, C, E, and L at 14th Street.
Super Flexible Cancellation Policy
You may cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.
You will receive an email with your Whitney Museum of American Art Admission Tickets. No need to print. You can show the mobile voucher at the ticketing counter.