Photo by Juan Valentin
A week ago, on Friday, May 1, the Whitney Museum officially opened the doors of its new outpost at the foot of the High Line to the public.
This stunning photo from the Whitney shows the museum's rooftop exhibition space and the colorful installation, Mary Heilmann: Sunset. In addition to providing ample space to showcase a larger collection of artwork and produce more programs, the Whitney's new building boasts numerous outdoor spaces -- including a series of exposed stairs -- allowing for amazing views of the Hudson River, surrounding cityscape, and the High Line, if we do say so ourselves.
The relocation of the Whitney Museum to Gansevoort Street is a homecoming to Manhattan's West Side. Coincidentally, the Whitney and the High Line both have roots in the same era and within a stone's throw from one another. The Whitney was founded in 1930 and opened its original location in Greenwich Village in 1931, as construction was underway on the elevated railway that would soon move much of the city's food in and out of the city.
It seems fitting that the museum and the High Line have taken on a new life and are reunited again. Welcome back to the neighborhood, Whitney Museum!
Interested in visiting the new Whitney for yourself? Visit www.whitney.org to plan your visit.