FROM SOLANGE TO ART STARS, WHITNEY DRAWS A CROWD 
April 24th, 2015

The Whitney Museum of American Art opens its new Renzo Piano-designed building in New York’s Meatpacking District to the public on May 1. To inaugurate the $422 million edifice, the museum has given over its entire exhibition space (50,000 square feet indoors, with an additional 13,000 square feet on its terraces) to a show of more than 600 works from the collection. The surprising and scholarly presentation organized by chief curator Donna De Salvo and her team mixes well-known pieces with the more obscure. It takes the poetic title “America Is Hard to See.” During an opening party on Apr. 24, however, it wasn’t hard to see a consensus of rave reviews forming about the building and exhibition.

The event, sponsored by Max Mara, drew a crowd of nearly 3,000 to the self-described “artists’ museum.” Appropriately, many artists were spotted among the early arrivals, including Iranian-born Shirin Neshat and Kenyan-born Wangechi Mutu, who walked in together. Neshat attended an artists preview earlier that day and gushed about the installation. Composer Philip Glass and artists K8 Hardy, Mariko Mori, Laurie Simmons and Carroll Dunham also counted among the early revelers…

Writes by Wendy Vogel in Art In America

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