No, there's not a new Whitney in the music industry. In my mind, there can only be one. There is, however, a new Whitney in the art world—well, at least a new building. After being closed for about seven months during a transition from the Upper East Side to the Meatpacking District, this museum of American art reopened with a bang earlier this summer. It anchors the beginning of the High Line and is certainly a cite to behold.
My coworker Maggie and I had been planning a trip for a few weeks, and we finally made it happen last Friday evening after work. The weather was perfect after rain came down earlier in the week, so we strolled uptown along the Hudson River. It was such a classic summer afternoon in the city as we watched runners and bikers trek up and down the West Side Highway; I even ran into my friend Kevin.
But I digress. We reached the building and noticed a long line out front. We learned that this was the "pay as you wish" line. We had already purchased tickets, so we just walked right on in without any such wait. (I'm sure many of you know that I prefer not to wait in lines, ha.)
The main exhibition during this inaugural season in the new space is entitled "America Is Hard to See," which seeks to "reexamine the history of art in the United States." Maggie and I were blown away with the amount of pieces in the collection that literally told story after story of life in our country. Luckily, we caught up with a couple of tours, so we were able to learn a little more about the "trickier" times that seem obvious but incorporate so many other themes beyond the canvas.
Another awesome part of the new space is the view of the area. There are quite a few outdoor spaces that are perfect for taking a break to unwind and discuss art. One also gets such a sight of the water and the rooftop parties across the street and everything in between.
In the end, I certainly recommend checking out this space. I learned so much about American art and more importantly about how to sit and actually think about what a particular artist is trying to say through his or her work.