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The Whitney houses one of the world's foremost collections of modern and contemporary American art. Grams by Sarah Meller in Marketing.

Whitney Museum of American Art

  • 24.04.2017 13:08
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"Painting is about people who structure light. Bill de Kooning was a master at that." —#JackWhitten on Willem de Kooning, born #otd. Tap the link in our profile to hear the artist discuss #deKooning's Door to the River (1960) from the #WhitneyCollection, plus Langston Hughes, photography, and his own experiences as a student at Cooper Union in the sixties. #AbEx [📷 by @filipwolak]

Whitney Museum of American Art

  • 22.04.2017 11:57
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This #EarthDay, we’re thrilled to announce that the Museum achieved Leadership in Energy & Environment Design (LEED) Gold certification from the @usgbc this past November! The Whitney is the first newly built museum to achieve LEED Gold status. 🌳🌎 #Sustainability #GreenBuilding [The Whitney's #greenroof overlooking the #HudsonRiver. 📷 by Nic Lehoux]

Whitney Museum of American Art

  • 21.04.2017 20:53
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Opening next Friday! Where We Are: Selections from the Whitney's Collection, 1900–1960 traces how artists have approached the relationships, institutions, and activities that shape our lives. The exhibition will include work by artists like #LouiseBourgeois, #ElizabethCatlett, #EdwardHopper, #JasperJohns, and #ArchibaldMotley, among many others. Whitney members enjoy a first look during preview days on Wednesday & Thursday. #WhitneyCollection

Whitney Museum of American Art

  • 21.04.2017 13:59
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@elrafaesparza built this rotunda out of adobe bricks made by hand from a combination of clay, horse dung, hay, and water from the #LosAngeles River. Esparza’s gesture is a kind of mimicking of American colonization, but in reverse: while colonization historically progressed from east to west, imposing European structures on the land in the process, here Esparza has transformed land from Los Angeles into bricks and transported them to New York. The artist considers the dynamics involved in making the bricks an important part of the work. For previous projects, he labored alongside his father, who is trained in traditional adobe-making techniques. Here, however, Esparza worked with a group of Brown, queer-identified individuals—Rooster Cabrera, Maria Garcia, and Zena Zendejas—deepening the sense of community also reflected in the generosity of the final installation: Esparza invited a number of artists to contribute works to it while keeping in mind the possibilities of this particular space, which holds none of the history of social and racial exclusions of a traditional museum gallery. See more of the installation in our Instagram Story. #WhitneyBiennial [📷 by @bgancsos]

Whitney Museum of American Art

  • 20.04.2017 13:30
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#TBT: the experience of viewing #UlrikeMüller’s paintings on a snowy day in March is quite different than on a rainy April morning! To make the tactile enamel paintings, Müller fires onto industrial steel plates. Each painting reflects the weather and the viewer in its glassy surface, bringing the immediate surroundings into the work. #WhitneyBiennial

Whitney Museum of American Art

  • 19.04.2017 19:04
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Believe it or not, #MattBrowning’s grids are each hand-carved from a single block of wood. The artist explains: “The work itself began as a challenge, whether or not I could take a piece of wood or any material really, and, through a series of selective cuts, expand that material, spatially and volumetrically, in a way that never actually separates the material from itself.” Hear more from Browning in the Biennial audio guide at the link in our profile. #WhitneyBiennial

Untitled (at the Whitney Museum)

  • 18.04.2017 17:16
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We're getting a sneak peek at @susancianciolo's contribution to the #WhitneyBiennial: a dining experience @untitlednyc! Check out more in our Instagram story, and tap the link in our profile to get tickets for April 18-20 (two seatings a night). #RunRestaurant

Whitney Museum of American Art

  • 17.04.2017 14:58
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#KatheBurkhart’s painting Prick: From the Liz Taylor Series (Suddenly Last Summer) is based on a scene from the 1959 film Suddenly Last Summer, starring #ElizabethTaylor. The artist has amassed an extensive archive of film stills of Taylor, which she uses for an ongoing series based on the actress’s image—works she sees as self-portraits related to her own life through the choice of image and text. #1980sPainting #WhitneyCollection

Whitney Museum of American Art

  • 15.04.2017 11:34
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The sweetgums are in bloom & bike racks are ready. It's feeling like spring! 🌳🚲🚲🌳 #whitneymuseum

Whitney Museum of American Art

  • 14.04.2017 13:12
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Stepping inside The #JohnRiepenhoff Experience, which features a work by #NicholasFrank through April 17. The intimate gallery space has just enough room for a person’s head. #WhitneyBiennial

Whitney Museum of American Art

  • 13.04.2017 12:42
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Close-up detail of spread 5 of 8 of #FrancesStark's series borrowing from the incendiary writing of punk musician, cult figure & author Ian F. Svenonius (@chainandthegang). For her contribution to the 2017 #WhitneyBiennial, Stark hand-painted page spreads from the title essay in his 2015 book Censorship Now!! In the essay, Svenonius contends that the battle for artistic freedom of speech has been "won" at the cost of art's irrelevance and powerlessness, suggesting that this supposed liberty only makes artists both more complicit in, and more vulnerable to, militaristic and capitalistic oppression. Artists, he proposes, should take control of censorship in order to eliminate everything from bland nonsense to mass-produced pop to expressions of fascist ideology. Svenonius's tone is extreme, but Stark leaves it to us to determine the intent. Her painting text on a monumental scale (each panel is more than 6 ft tall!) indicates a high level of commitment to his radical position, though, especially the ideas in the passages she has underlined. *** This Friday at 6:30 pm, Svenonius will present a lecture on the concept of re-education in dialogue with Stark’s project. Tickets at the link in our profile.

Whitney Museum of American Art

  • 12.04.2017 14:02
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... and also has an exhibition coming up this June! Check out our new series of tees featuring real answers from #Jeopardy at the #WhitneyShop. #AlexanderCalder