Museums >Whitney Museum of American Art
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Mon. - Fri. 9am - 5pm;Sat. - Sun. CLOSED
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Upper East Side
WHITNEY BIENNIAL 2012 -- SAVE YOUR MONEY!! – Today we went to the Whitney Biennial Show 2012. The show was pure trash. You will never convince me that just because the pieces are in the Whitney, they represent ART. Most are just gimmicky stuff that any grade-school student could come up with. I will never accept most of these phony, pretentious "things" as ART. The artist has no feeling or vision to convey. He is just thinking: Hmmm -- what stupid outrageous thing can I quickly toss together to make a buck??? Junk lying on the floor, and whole rooms that look just like my apartment -- messy ... is this ART?? NO!! These artists have no talent. The Whitney might do just as well to haul some trash bags and garbage pails from Madison Avenue into the museum and stack them in a room. I'm sure their gullible patrons will stand there admiring the subtle message of the work. Forget trying to read something into this pretentious trash which the Whitney is attempting to make you believe is ART. MOST of it needs to be swept into the incinerator! Go elsewhere. Don't waste your time and money!!!
Houston, we have a problem. – Bring a bodyguard and call your Bobby Brown because the Whitney is groundbreaking. Literally. For one moment in time, head to Madison & 75th Street and see Whitney before she moves downtown. Earlier this year, the Museum and architect Renzo Piano broke ground on a new building at the Museum's future site between the High Line and Hudson River Park. You'll feel so emotional viewing twentieth century American art on display over five floors. Welcome to the world below 14th Street, Whitney. We are happy to have you - because art is the greatest love of all.
best museum in summer – This museum houses important 20th century American Art. I remember this museum as a colorful and cheerful museum. I recommend those who would like to save money to visit on Friday between 6-9pm because you can pay as you wish during those hours. The security guards did not allow me to take pictures. Otherwise, I would have not taken lots of pictures. Overall, it is a pretty good place to visit.
Impressive – I saw the permanent exhibition and the Tim Hawkinson installation and was blown away by the art. I was so impressed with Tim Hawkinson that I then went to his other installation at the IBM building. The museum itself seems to be in need of an upgrade but beyond that the art is progressive and thought provoking. I also had a great lunch in the museum cafe -- the tuna sandwhich was simple and hit the spot!
Visit if you love Hopper – Get thyself to the permanent collection and whitness one of the largest Edward Hopper collections. Breathtaking.
Had to wait in line to get in because the biennial show of modern art had just started.
The world's foremost collection of 20th-century American art. Period. – The Roots
Founded in 1930 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, the collection has had several homes over the years but now resides permanently in Marcel Breuer's Brutalist monument, which is either fantastically ugly or sublimely sculptural--opinion remains divided. There is no disputing, however, the quality of the permanent collection itself. Almost every significant 20th-century American artist is here: Hopper, Stella, Glackens, Demuth, de Kooning, Rothko, O'Keeffe; the list goes on and on.
In addition to the modern masters, the museum also focuses on contemporary artists. The Whitney Biennial is the highest-profile contemporary art showcase in the country--and a reliable source of controversy. Exhibitions come in all denominations here, from the blockbuster to the scholarly. Other events include lecture, film and video series.
Expect the unexpected – I love the way the Whitney shows me things I've never seen, and then I can't believe I didn't know about them before. Take the Whitney's current exhibition of quilts from a small town in Alabama -- who knew that quilts could be so moving?
we must support this museum – Where else can you go to a museum in NYC that's devoted to American Art? It's a must. Not always on target, but always worth a visit.
Five great floors. – The permanent stuff is great. You have to love the Hopper stuff, the mobiles, the surrealism, and the Depression era realism. They also had an exhibit of 50's expressionists that was very impressive. Giant Oldenberg soft violin, Lichtenstein and Warhol stuff, and an Oldenberg bedroom installation. The lowest floor had a boring Helen Mirra installation, and there was a lot of Lorna Simpson stuff, only the videos were good. Her photos were bad bad. A tad expensive for me, but I think it was worth it. Five floors and lots of space on each.
Better than Guggenheim! – A trip to the Whitney is worth it if only for the Hopper paintings. The permanent collection is A one. The two special exhibits were merely so so. Definitely worth a trip here.
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