After years of preparation…The Whitney now has a new home in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan allowing more exhibition spaces, classrooms, restaurants…and a-m-a-z-i-n-g views from multiple terraces and windows. Since this is the fourth home in their 84 year history…I’m always interested in learning more behind the scenes kinda stuff…and somehow it always ends up fascinating.
In a nutshell, the original gallery was founded by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney…the aunt of Gloria Vanderbilt who happens to be the mom of Anderson Cooper. Well anyway, Gertrude accumulated such a huge collection of arts that she offered it to the Met Museum who turned it down. So she decided to open her own museum in 1931 with the focus exclusively on the art of American artists. Fast forward to the 1950’s and to handle the growth another move was made directly behind the Museum of Modern Art. In ten years more space was needed and another move was made to the Upper East Side of Manhattan. And now, almost 50 years later another move to the Meatpacking District in the area of Manhattan bordered by the West Village and Chelsea. I’m wondering if the Met Museum ever had remorse over not pursuing her collection!
So here we are…in an area known for its nightlife and restaurants, as well as The High Line…(the park on the elevated section of an old railroad track)…an area exploding with growth.
What I liked the most? The size of the rooms…large enough to accommodate huge pieces of art as well as enough room to not feel crowded…the unexpected performance artists that would just appear out of nowhere…and the views…oh the views.
Now how could I not take this shot!
I guess it is all about getting up close and personal with a Lutz Bacher (artist) titled Playboys.
I guess boys will be boys!
The Whitney gives us art inside and out!
So many levels…so open and spacious…
The cost of admission ($22) is worth it just to see so much of Manhattan, the Hudson River and beyond…
And now I’m off to Peru! It’s been 16 years since I’ve visited…so hard to believe. Why does everything seem like yesterday? This was the most challenging trip (or really anything that I’ve ever done) in my entire life so far. The physical stamina to hike for four days reaching altitudes of 13,000 took months of preparation. I can still visualize in my mind the effort that it took on a couple of days just to put one foot in front of the other. But this time will be totally different. It’s a week to learn and support the non-profit Esperanca as they kick off the new surgical program (similar to Nicaragua) as well as new agricultural projects. So there’ll be a little adobe making, home painting and of course…taking part in a potato harvest as Peru raises thousands of varieties of potatoes in the Andean mountains! So stay tuned!
See you in a week or so! gg