A New Space for Art in Lower Manhattan May 25 2015
By Mariana Palacios Vega
The Whitney Museum returns to its first home, West Lower Manhattan. Located at 99 Gansevoort Street, the new building imposes it presence in a neighborhood that vibrates with life and fosters a growing community of artists and aficionados. Before migrating to a bigger and cutting edge building the Whitney Museum collection grew from 700 to over 21,000 works. You can find each one of these pieces displayed in the museum’s brand new building in meatpacking district, designed specially for this purpose by Renzo Piano. According to the Italian Architect “The design for the new museum emerges equally from a close study of the Whitney’s needs and from a response to this remarkable site. We wanted to draw on its vitality and at the same time enhance its rich character”
The asymmetrical building faces the high line and features the largest column-free museum gallery in New York City. Besides the indoors and outdoors galleries, the institution features a cafe, a complete restaurant and a shop. The inauguration ceremony was held on April, hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama and since May 1 the museum opened its door to the general public. You can visit this remarkable icon Monday and Wednesday from 10:30am to 6pm, Thursday through Saturday from 10:30am to 10pm and on Sunday from 10:30am to 6pm. Currently you can enjoy the exhibition “America is hard to see”, which will be displayed until June 17, the museum offers free tours with the museum admission fee each day.
The Breuer building (corner of Madison and 75th Street) former house of the Whitney Museum; considered a heavy and brutal piece of architecture will now be administered by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and will present exhibitions and educational programs.