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Whitney Museum of American Art
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Ranked #15 of 266 Museums in New York City
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by the artist and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, houses the foremost collection of American art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Mrs. Whitney, an early and ardent supporter of modern American art, nurtured groundbreaking artists at a time when audiences were still largely preoccupied with the Old Masters. From her vision arose the Whitney Museum of American Art, which has been championing the most innovative art of the United States for more than eighty years. The core of the Whitney's mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit American art of our time and serve a wide variety of audiences in celebration of the complexity and diversity of art and culture in the United States. Through this mission and a steadfast commitment to artists themselves, the Whitney has long been a powerful force in support of modern and contemporary art and continues to help define what is innovative and influential in American art today.
York, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2012

This museum was ok.It's mostly modern art and pretty big. It is about 3 floors. Give yourself atleast an hour to go through it.

Visited December 2011
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“Kusama Retrospective at the Whitney”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2012

We visited the Whitney on the first weekday that the Yayoi Kusama retrospective was on view. This is likely to be a very popular exhibit, so try to arrive early. We got there with no advanced tickets just before the museum opened at 11:00 a.m. and found a line winding around the block -- but that was nothing compared with the line that had formed by the time we left the museum at 2:00. Despite the line (we did not enter until 11:30), the museum felt spacious and uncrowded. The Kusama exhibit is well organized and informative. Be sure to pick up the free exhibit guide pamphlet which provides helpful background information. In addition to the art itself, the display of some of her correspondence with Georgia O'Keeffe and Joseph Cornell is fascinating. We got a timed ticket for Kusama's "Fireflies on the Water," an installation piece. Crowd control and timing for this exhibit were excellent. Although you have only 60 seconds in the exhibit, its beauty will stay with you. We enjoyed the rest of the museum as well. Don't miss the Calder circus and the Hopper gallery. You can see the entire museum in 2.5-3 hours without feeling rushed. I would like to have tried the restaurant, but it is quite small and many people were waiting for tables. Don't count on having lunch there if you visit the museum in the morning on a busy day. I look forward to returning for the next biennial.

Visited July 2012
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upstate, SC
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“Always fantastic new art”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2012

Such an easy museum experience on the upper east side. The only down side is the price and that they don't have a bigger gift shop. But the art is fantastic. Their special exhibitions are always so well done. They really give you a full picture of an artist when they show them.

Visited July 2012
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Los Angeles
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“Biennial Was Amazing”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2012

I have not visited The Whitney for their normal exhibitions, but was lucky enough to be in New York City while they had their 2012 Biennial going. What an amazing variety of American art on display, presented in unique, unexpected, and often interactive styles. Skype with members of the Red Krayola, marvel at an installation curated by Werner Herzog, watch an actual play rehearsal, experience live musical performances, even watch artists as they work in studios built into the museum. The crazy and ambitious exhibition was all over the place thematically and stylistically, but that made it all the more exciting and unpredictable.

The most fascinating exhibit was the one I saw last... the paintings of Forrest Bess, an eccentric Texas artist with a fascinating life philosophy. If his work is still hanging at The Whitney, it's worth checking out.

Visited April 2012
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Burbank, California
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“Very dissappointed in this museum”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2012

Except for 8 Edward Hopper paintings, this museum is a total bust. We visited it Sunday 6/16 and were told due o limited showings, they were only charging $8. There are 8 Edward Hopper paintings and one rotating exhibits. Apparently their plan is to have the museum be 100% rotating contemporary art shows. They don't have any of their Bellows paintings on display. Not certain why their totally downplaying their permanent collection. Even at $8' this was a really bad value.

Visited June 2012
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