Arts & Entertainment
Must-See Arts & Culture
by Alyson Penn, 05/13/2015
The Whitney Museum of American Art. Photo: Karin Jobst • Peopling of America at Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. Courtesy, The Statue of Liberty–Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.
The Whitney Museum of American Art finally opened its new location in the Meatpacking District this spring. The redesigned museum contains eight floors full of 20th-century and contemporary American art in a sleek space that's near other noteworthy attractions like Hudson River Park and The High Line. In addition to its famous collection, the Renzo Piano–designed venue includes a ground-floor restaurant and a top-floor café by Danny Meyer, a multi-use black box theater, another 170-seat theater with views of the Hudson River, and plenty of outdoor space.
Another new attraction is the expanded Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. The institution tells the story of immigration to the US, from immigrants' often-trying journeys to their efforts to build stable lives here. On May 20, the museum will open its Peopling of America galleries, which cover the years before and after the island's use as a federal immigration station (it served in that capacity from 1892 to 1954).