Rediscover The Whitney Museum Today
See the new Whitney Museum expansive permanent collection with American Artist such as: to Jean-Michel Basquiat, Elizabeth Catlett, Romare Bearden, Lorna Simpson
To know where you’re going, you have to know from where you’ve come.
I had the pleasure of previewing the “America is Hard to See” exhibit this past weekend at the Whitney Museum of American Art’s new space, and it was a breath of fresh air.
The Whitney has been closed since October 2014 for its relocation to the Renzo Piano-designed building that befits the institution. Founded by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in 1930, the museum focuses on acquiring and exhibiting artist from the United States. Today, the Whitney boasts a collection of more than 21,000 pieces of art.
“Hard to See” consists of more than 600 pieces hanging comfortably in the light-strewn galleries overlooking NYC’s Hudson River and tells the American story in chronological order.
In short, it is an excellently curated exhibit. At best, it is an art lover’s dream – a walking tour of a survey art class of the best American art. You are able to experience great works from Georgia O’Keefe to Jacob Lawrence to Jean-Michel Basquiat in a matter of minutes.
What’s also impressing is the diversity and depth of the Whitney’s permanent collection. The work of art masters like Frank Stella and George Bellows are intermixed with a great number minority artists who usually are left out, including Elizabeth Catlett and Faith Ringgold. The exhibit places these artists on equal footing.
Some highlights included Richard Barthe’s “African Dancer,” which is believed to have been inspired by Langston Hughes’s Danse Africaine poem. Mark Rothko’s “Four Darks in Red” created in 1958 seems to overtake you as you move closer to Mammoth wall-sized canvas. The last piece that brought me full circle was William de Kooning’s “Woman on Bicycle.” This is a work that I studied in college but had never before seen in person.
I urge you to experience the Whitney’s new space — you won’t regret it. Personally, I look forward to visiting time and time again.
If you’re planning to visit, feel free to share your thoughts and your favorite pieces with us. I would like to know what you thought of the museum and its collection.
The Whitney reopened to the public on May 1. “America is Hard to See” runs until Sept. 27, 2015.