100 Museums to Visit Before You Die

Whitney Museum of American Art

Location: New York

2013 Exhibitions: Sinister Pop (November 15 - March 31), Blues for Smoke (February 7 - April 28)

The Whitney Museum of American Art is an art museum located in Manhattan's Upper East Side on Madison Avenue in New York City. The Whitney's permanent collection adds up to over 19,000 photographs, paintings, sculptures, paintings, drawings, films, and videos, as well as some genre-defying artwork, and represents more than 2,900 artists. The museum's original location was a comparatively tiny townhouse located on West 8th Street between Fifth Avenue and MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village, and moved to its current location on Madison Avenue in 1966. The current building was designed by architects Marcel Breuer and Hamilton P. Smith, and has been the exhibition space for the well-regarded Whitney Biennial. The museum is also known for its rigorous independent study program (ISP), which boasts artist alumni such as Mary Kelly, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, and Rikrit Tiravanija. Well-known art critic Roberta Smith also participated in the Whitney's ISP.

The Whitney is also in the midst of developing a new building with architect Renzo Piano in Manhattan's Meatpacking District at the corner of Gansevoort and Washington Streets, in between the High Line and the Hudson.

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