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Whitney Museum of American Art
NileGuide Expert Says:
The museum's signature exhibition, the Whitney Biennial, celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. According to the Whitney website, this year's Biennial (called "2010") features "media ranging from painting and sculpture to video, photography, performance, and installation...[and] serves as a two-way telescope through which the Whitney’s past and future can be observed." Runs February 25-May 30, 2010.
945 Madison Ave, Manhattan, NY, United States
NileGuide Expert tip:
On Fridays from 6 to 9pm, admission is "pay what you wish." Try to visit on weekday afternoons, or prepare to brave massively long lines. The Whitney's in-house restaurant, Sarabeth's, is worth a visit in its own right.
Housed in an extraordinary building designed by Marcel Breuer, and resembling an upside-down pyramid, the Whitney Museum is dedicated to American art in all its eclectic forms. What began as the small collection of the sculptor Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (granddaughter of shipping and railroad magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt, she married into the Whitney family of oil, tobacco and banking) has today grown into one of the world's foremost collections of American art. The museum's second floor is dedicated to its permanent collection, which includes some 18,000 works by Georgia O'Keeffe, Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol, Charles Sheeler, Jackson Pollock and other luminaries. A rotating series of well-curated exhibits occupies the rest of the space.