The Whitney Museum was high on our list to visit, as we missed it the last time we were here in New York City. We went this past weekend because Edward Hopper’s New York exhibition and the At the Dawn of a New Age: Early Twentieth-Century American Modernism were leaving within the following week.
There were no deals on memberships so we just purchased a one-time visit. It was jam-packed for the Hopper exhibition on level 5, which did deter my interest a bit. I did enjoy his sketches for the various magazine cover he created.
The Whitney Museum of American Art is a leading institution devoted to the art of the United States.
The collection was founded in 1930 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney and focused on contemporary artists for some time. It is located in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan, New York City. The Whitney focuses on 20th– and 21st–century American art. Its permanent collection comprises more than 25,000 works in various media, including painting, sculpture, photography, prints, drawings, and multimedia. The Whitney also offers a range of educational programs, including lectures, performances, film screenings, and workshops. The museum also has a restaurant and café, offering views of the cityscape.
While Edward Hopper’s New York was interesting, I must confess I found the Dawn of a New Age much more enticing and look forward to seeing the selections from 1900 to 1965 on the seventh floor.
At the Dawn of a New Age: Early Twentieth-Century American Modernism showcases art produced between 1900 and 1930 by well-known American modernists and their now largely forgotten, but equally groundbreaking peers. Drawn primarily from the Whitney’s permanent collection, it provides new perspectives on the myriad ways American artists used nonrepresentational styles developed in Europe to express their subjective responses to the realities of the modern age.