Since it was a "Museums on Us" weekend (first weekend of the month where admission is waived with a Bank of America credit card at participating museums), I decided to go the Whitney since it was on the list and I hadn't been there for awhile. I had gone to the Met the day before and was still in an artful mood. I even planned to skip another event so I could have plenty of time for my visit at the Whitney.
I was given a map with 3 of the 6 floors crossed off due to renovations or preparations for changing exhibitions. 2 of the remaining floors were temporary exhibits. One entire floor was works by Richard Artschwager known for his "blp" which to me resembles a caterpillar. However this exhibit was at least interesting enough for me to not rate the Whitney as terrible. Another entire floor was devoted to Wade Guyton OS. Before proceeding, I asked at the admission desk what OS stands for, I was given an "Are you stupid look?" but then was told the answer. I was also told it was a magnificent collection. I guess we have very different opinions of a magnificent collection because I did not find it at all compelling.
There were at least 2 security guards in every room and picture taken is strictly prohibited. I saw a guard go up to a guy text messaging on his phone accusing him of taking a picture and a loud argument ensued as the visitor tried to show he was not taking a picture but using his phone for something else. As he was waving his cell phone about I happened to be close enough to see the text on the screen but I stayed out of it.
Upon exiting the elevator on the lower level, I was confronted with a handful of the only available works from the permanent collection on display. I then went over to the restaurant named UNTITLED on the same level to check out the menu but by 4pm it had already put up signs that it had stopped serving. This was obviously not one of the Whitney's finer days but it was the day I went so this is the critique it gets.