Whitney Museum of American Art

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In this article we are going to give you information about the Whitney museum (in English Whitney Museum of American Art), whose new headquarters, opened 1 May 2015, has been designed by the brilliant Italian architect Renzo Piano and is located just at the beginning of the High Line, on Gansevoort Street.

Without place to doubts The Whitney Museum is a must-stop for all lovers of North American art of the twentieth century, and especially for the followers of Edward Hopper, which has the largest collection of works in the world of this author.

History of the Whitney Museum

The museum was born from the work of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in favor of American artists of the early twentieth century, who had enormous obstacles and it was almost impossible for them to exhibit or sell their work in the United States. Mrs. Whitney becomes a patron of many of them and begins to show and buy her work from 1907 until her death in 1942.

In 1914 he founded the Whitney Studio in Greenwich Village, where he began to make exhibitions of American artists. In 1929, he already has more works by contemporary American artists than 500, which he offers to the Metropolitan Museum as a donation and they are rejected by it. This rejection causes that 1930 founds its own museum and opens its doors in 1931 the Whitney museum in its original location in Greenwich Village, oriented exclusively to American art.

The new museum soon becomes small, and is extended by moving it in 1954 to West 54th Street, in 1966 to buy a building designed by Marcel Breuer and which is the museum's headquarters until 2015, where it moves to its current location in 99 Gansevoort Street , where besides being able to enjoy the exhibition of the museum we can contemplate from its superior terraces a spectacular view of New York.

The Whitney museum collection

The Whitney Museum currently has the largest collection of American art of the 20th and 21st century in the world with more than 22.000 works created by some 3.000 artists. Within his extensive collection, the works of Peggy Bacon, George Bellows, Stuart Davis, Charles Demuth, Mabel Dwight, Edward Hopper, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Reginald Marsh, and John Sloan, who were part of the museum's initial collection, stand out. In addition, it also has works by artists such as Andy Warhol, Georgia O'Keeffe or Keith Haring, and contains the best set of works of Edward Hopper in the world, because the artist himself donated a large part of them to the museum upon his death.

Interior of the Whitney Museum
Interior of the Whitney Museum

Whitney Museum Hours

  • From Sunday to Thursday: From 10: 30 in the morning to 6 in the afternoon
  • Friday and Saturday: From 10: 30 from morning to 10 at night

Rates (year 2017)

  • Adults: $ 25, $ 22 if you buy online in advance.
  • Senior / Student: $ 18, $ 17 if you buy online in advance.
  • Children under 18 years old: Free
  • NOTE: Fridays are paid from 7 to 10 in the afternoon.

Tourist cards

The Whitney Museum of American Art is included in the New York Pass and Explorer Pass tourist cards.

How to get to the Whitney museum?

  • Metro: Lines A, C, E and L (14th St)

More information about the Whitney museum

For more information about the Whitney Museum of American Art and advance purchase of tickets, I recommend visiting the Official website of the museum, in English.

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