Manhattan’s West Side is arguably the epicenter of the New York art scene. The neighborhood is home to more than 400 art galleries, art studios, and performance spaces, in addition to world-class architectural design and public art on the High Line. Soon, the neighborhood will welcome the arrival of a leading art institution: the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Today’s New York Times reports that the Whitney will begin construction next year on a new building at the corner of Washington and Gansevoort Streets, adjacent to the southern terminus of the High Line. During a meeting last night at The Standard Hotel, just blocks away from the site of the future museum, the Whitney’s board voted to proceed with the expansion project that will allow it to redefine itself and become the “museum of record” downtown. The Whitney will keep its Marcel Breuer-designed building on Madison Avenue and East 75th Street.
We look forward to the Whitney joining us downtown, where the connection between the High Line and the art world has always been strong. Artists, art dealers, and galleries were among our first supporters, helping us save the High Line from demolition and transform it into a City park that is changing the way people think about public space. We hope the arrival of the Whitney will only strengthen that connection. Congratulations to the Whitney, and welcome to the neighborhood!