THE WHITNEY MUSEUM, SOON TO OPEN IT’S NEW HOME
April 2nd, 2015

When the Whitney Museum of American Art opens its new building in Manhattan’s meatpacking district on May 1, it’s the big things everyone will notice first: the sweeping views west to the Hudson River; the romantic silhouettes of Manhattan’s wooden water towers; the four outdoor terraces for presenting sculptures, performances and movie screenings; and the tiered profile of its steel-paneled facade, intentionally reminiscent of the Whitney’s Modernist, granite-clad Marcel Breuer building on Madison Avenue, which had been the museum’s home since 1966.

Its new digs, designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, also offer commodious interior spaces: 50,000 square feet of galleries, unencumbered by structural columns, and huge elevators that are themselves immersive environments, the work of the artist Richard Artschwager.

“The game changer is the space,” said Donna De Salvo, the Whitney’s chief curator, standing in one of the raw galleries on a recent wintry afternoon as workmen were erecting walls for the opening show…

Carol Vogel in NYT Arts Beat

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