I have always looked forward to seeing art at the Whitney, especially during the Whitney Biennials, but honestly, I always felt claustrophobically exhausted at the end of each visit. The “New” Whitney will take care of all those feelings. The space is expansive with light pouring in from huge windows. Many outdoor spaces and gardens will also give breadth and space which the “old” Whitney lacked. The art, as well as art goers, have room to spread their wings. In eloquent fashion, architect Renzo Piano expressed the very nature of choosing the Meatpacking District for the location of the museum’s new home. According to Mr. Piano, “The design for the new museum emerges equally from a close study of the Whitney’s needs and from a response to this remarkable site. We wanted to draw on its vitality and at the same time enhance its rich character. The first big gesture, then, is the cantilevered entrance, which transforms the area outside the building into a large, sheltered public space. At this gathering place beneath the High Line, visitors will see through the building entrance and the large windows on the west side to the Hudson River beyond. Here, all at once, you have the water, the park, the powerful industrial structures and the exciting mix of people, brought together and focused by this new building and the experience of art.” Mr. Piano also spoke of art and freedom – and yes the space lends itself to feeling free and unencumbered to experience the art and, equally, the Hudson River views and beyond on the west side and the cityscapes of our beautiful NYC on the east side.
The New Whitney opens to the public on May 1, 2015. On May 2nd, 2015, the Whitney’s event ‘Celebrate With Us’ with performances and activities for all will be free. I’ll see you there!
Opens: May 1, 2015
99 Gansevoort . NYC, NY 10014
Writing and photography by Olya Turcihin