On May 1, 2015, the Whitney Museum of American Art flicked on the lights and opened its doors at its new home in the Meatpacking District, sandwiched between the Hudson River and High Line Park. It’s been a huge hit ever since.
The 220,000-square-foot (20,000-square-meter) space, designed by renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano, is a work of art in and of itself. The nine-floor museum consists of exhibition spaces, an education center, a reading room, a theater and a conservation lab. After checking out the impressive contemporary works (more than 21,000 paintings, sculptures, photos, drawings, videos and new media created by more than 3,000 artists in the United States during the 20th and 21st centuries), be sure to head to the top-floor cafe for outstanding views of the Manhattan skyline. Or dine at Untitled, the outstanding in-house restaurant from acclaimed chef Michael Anthony.
The permanent collection consists of works by American artists like Louise Bourgeois, Man Ray, Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol. See such pieces as Study for Nighthawks by Edward Hopper, Four Darks in Red by Mark Rothko and Number 27, 1950 by Jackson Pollock. The museum also houses several temporary exhibitions at any given time, from photographs to performances, by artists both old and up-and-coming. It's a great way to discover new artists on their way to becoming the next American masters.
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