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Whitney Museum of American Art

945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street, New York City, NY 10021 (Manhattan)
212-570-3600
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Type: Art Museums
Owner description: As the preeminent institution devoted to the art of the United States, the Whitney Museum of American Art presents the full range of twentieth-century... more » Owner description: As the preeminent institution devoted to the art of the United States, the Whitney Museum of American Art presents the full range of twentieth-century and contemporary American art, with a special focus on works by living artists. The Whitney is dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting American art, and its collection—arguably the finest holding of twentieth-century American art in the world—is the Museum’s key resource. The Museum’s signature exhibition, the Biennial, is the country’s leading survey of the most recent developments in American art. « less
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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This museum is worth visiting at least once, and if you can get there before it moves to its new location you will experience the uber-modern concrete building that sets the tone for the art so well. As with some other recent reviewers, we started on the top floor at the current "Legends" exhibit, which I thoroughly enjoyed. We received... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I have been a member of the Whitney Museum for the past few years so I'm biased, but I have always enjoyed the performances and exhibitions they have put on. It's also a perfectly sized museum that you can walk through on a weekend afternoon, perhaps in combination with the delicious brunch at Untitled inside Whitney, all without the deafening... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Which gives an insight into contemporary American art but not a comprehensive one. Thought-provoking but giving an impression of identity in flux. Level five is showing some of the permanent collection. Gallery shop is minimal which really means they are missing out. Visitors these days have high expectations of gallery shop content as sources if unique gifts.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Visited the Whitney soon after opening on Saturday morning. Its worth waiting through the line, take your time and let the crush subside. We started at the top to visit the Legends exhibit and had a lively tour led by the engaging Jan, a docent who makes things interactive and takes you into the mind of the artist. A fun... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

This will be the last Biennial at this location. I went with friends and we were wowed by the young artists on display. There is an excitement to this show that is special. The artists are cutting edge. I would highly recommend it. The permanent collection is impressive too.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

I visited the Whitney hoping to see works from the well-regarded permanent collection of modern American art. The day I turned up happened to be the first day of the Biennial, so there was only one floor of 'proper' art, the rest was the rubbish they claim to represent the current state of the art world. No reduction in entry... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

It was my first trip to the Whitney. It was wonderful to see so many Hoppers in one room. We got the free audio guide and started on the 5th floor working our way down. Many of the exhibits seem similar but most were vey exceptional. I would like to visit again after there move to the new building.

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Bronx, NY
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

This is the last Biennial to be held in this building. If the Whitney is having an exhibit of Hopper or of items from their permanent collection, it can be great. The Biennials are mixed at best. The current incarnation is especially terrible.

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South Windsor, Connecticut
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

After taking our $10 each (half price) the day after Valentine's Day, we find out that 1/5 of the museum is open for full viewing - 5th floor for all intents and purposes! We went to see the Edward Hopper collection ....dissappointing!!!!!

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new york
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

Definitely check the exhibits before deciding to go. The focus of this museum is their rotating exhibits, so a trip to the Whitney if there are no exhibits to your liking is a waste of time and money. Having said that, they are excellent curators.

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