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The Whitney Museum of American Art popularly referred to as Whitney is an institution which focuses on the contemporary modern art of the twentieth-century by living artists. It is home to more than 21,000 paintings, sculptures, artifacts, photographs, videos and films by more than 3000 renowned artists. Established in 1931 it is one of the oldest art museums in its country. Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, the mastermind behind this innovation is a sculptor who wanted to showcase the American art to the entire world to help talented artists with financial issues. This led to the opening of her studio in 1914 where she displayed artworks of some artists. It took her years to collect art from all over the country that resulted in the foundation of the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1930, and it was opened in 1931 in Greenwich Village. It is the first museum to establish its branches in other parts of the surroundings. Whitney had around over 600 works in her works which grew to 21,000 works. It made a huge contribution to the art industry from the day it was established. Many artists rose to fame and made a living after Whitney became an art patron. The museum was shifted to new locations two to three times, finally, on April 30, 2015, ceremonial ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Michelle Obama was held, and the museum was opened the next day.
The only American museum with the finest contemporary art
Calder's Circus(1926-31) is considered by Whitney as its signature possession. With over 170 figures, it depicts a running circus with miniature animals, performers, inventory used in a circus and stage. It was created in Paris where Alexander used to play a circus theme in the background and gave the voice for the ringmaster. It was categorized under kinetic art and surrealism.
Marsden Hartley beautifully translates his feelings of infatuation with a young German officer. With vibrant shades of red, blue, green and yellow is replete with diamonds, circles, triangles, and black/white lines. It is called Portrait of a German Officer(1914).
Edward Hopper's Early Sunday Morning(1930) is one of his best-known paintings. It is an oil painting, canvas medium art. It portrays the beautiful sunrise scene in Seventh Avenue of New York City which shows peaceful businesses and shops.
Jasper Johns used a technique called encaustic, it is a hot wax painting where johns produced a three-dimensional texture surface of the Flag of the United States.
The great canvas by George Bellows represents the bout between Jack Dempsey and Luis Firpo in 1923. The sketch froze when Firpo knocked Dempsey out of the ropes onto the ringside table.
Joan Mitchell was an abstract painter and printmaker. Created in 1956 the painting is a reference to the 1916 poem 'Domination of Balck' by Wallace Stevens.
How to Get Tickets?
The tickets can be purchased from Whitney's website by selecting the date and time of visit. Categories are comprising of Adults, Seniors and Students, Visitors with Disabilities and it is free for visitors with Membership pass and visitors under 18 with anyone above 18 accompanying them.
How To Get Around?
The building comprises of eight floors. You can't take any bicycle. Visitors need to walk and take elevators.
What Should I Wear?
Visitors are prohibited from wearing any signs of hatred speech religion or cuss language. Any decent dress will be encouraged.
Best Time to Visit
It is usually open between 10:30 am and 6 pm however on Saturday it closes at 10 pm. Anytime before 2 pm would be ideal as it may become crowded in the afternoons.
Will I Need a Guide?
How To Get There?
Subways and buses are available to Gansevoort Street, then you have to walk down the block, and the museum will be on your right. Check out the website for subway and bus routes, names. Car parking is limited at Whitney. John F Kennedy airport is 45 km from the museum which may take 1-hour car drive.
Do grab a drink at the UNTITLED restaurant as visitors highly recommend it. The parking may be full so lookout for space beforehand.