The Whitney Museum of American Art collects modern, post-war and contemporary art of the United States. It used to be the last place you would look for Latin, Indigenous or African art, but now it’s the first place.
Art is Art
The Whitney is leading the charge towards inclusion in the art world. It is in the vanguard redefining the boundaries of American art to be inclusive of race, gender, region, and social class. After all, art is art.
In February of 2020, the Whitney recast art history by stating that the biggest influence on the development of American art was not the European schools, it was the Mexican Muralists. Let that sink in a little.
Whitney Museum News
March 11, 2022
Day’s End (Pier 52)
David Hammons: Day’s End, a Whitney Museum public installation in Hudson River Park, was inspired by Gordon Matta-Clark’s legendary 1975 intervention on Pier 52. 🇨🇱
The Year at The Whitney
Martine Gutierrez: Supremacy
In Martine Gutierrez: Supremacy, The Guatemalan American artist and LGBTQ+ rights activist questions whether American brand marketing promotes beauty and authenticity or just reinforces racial and gender stereotypes, at the Whitney Museum in the Meatpacking District, Sep 2022 – Mar 2023. whitney.org 🇬🇹🏳️🌈
We work from the road, currently in Puerto Rico. Few Americans understand how Hurricane Maria knocked us into the Stone Age overnight.
We lost all electricity, phone, gas, water, gasoline, markets and government services overnight, and it wasn’t for a few days or weeks.
Help took months to arrive and in the mountains it took years. Five years later, recovery money is just starting to flow. We survived by working together.
The Whitney Story
The Whitney Museum of American Art was founded in 1930 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. Being a sculptor herself, Ms. Whitney recognized the difficulty that American contemporary artists had in exhibiting and selling their work. She began collecting and showing artists herself from 1907 to 1942.
In 1929, Ms. Whitney offered her collection with an endowment to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Upon being declined, Ms. Whitney founded The Whitney and opened the museum at another site in Greenwich Village in 1931. The museum moved to Midtown in 1954. In 1963 it moved to its iconic Marcel Breuer-designed Madison Avenue location in the Upper East Side. In 2015, The Whitney moved back to Greenwich Village.
In the past, The Whitney did not pay particular attention to American artists with a Latin heritage. Today, The Whitney sees America for what it has always been, a multicultural mix. That point of view is represented in both The Whitney’s permanent collection and exhibitions.
Previous Whitney Museum Exhibitions
Dave McKenzie: The Story I Tell Myself is at the Whitney in Meatpacking through Oct 4, 2021. 🇺🇸
Dawoud Bey: An American Project is at the Whitney in Meatpacking through Oct 3, 2021 whitney.org 🇺🇸
The Julie Mehretu retrospective at the Whitney in Meatpacking ends Aug 8, 2021 whitney.org 🇪🇹
February 17, 2020 – January 31, 2021
WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART
Meatpacking District, NYC
May 17 – Sep 22, 2019, Closed Tuesdays
MEATPACKING DISTRICT, NYC ~ The survey of the latest developments in U.S. art includes work by artists with an Argentine, Colombian, French, Indigenous, Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage
July 13 – September 30, 2018
Meatpacking District, Manhattan
See how Indigenous cosmology suggests architecture which defines home and life itself
July 14 – October 1, 2017
Greenwich Village, NYC
Cuban New Yorker
504 West 24th St, Chelsea
May 3 – June 10, 2017
Mexican & Puerto Rican artists
99 Gansevoort, Meatpacking
March 17 – June 11, 2017