Whitney Museum of American Art

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Whitney Museum of American Art
The front of the museum (2019)
Established1930 (1930)
Location99 Gansevoort Street, New York City
TypeArt museum
Visitors1,151,080 (2016)[1]
FounderGertrude Vanderbilt Whitney
DirectorAdam D. Weinberg
ArchitectRenzo Piano

The Whitney Museum of American Art, known informally as the "Whitney Museum" or "The Whitney", is an art museum located in New York City. The museum was founded in 1930 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (1875–1942).[2]

Whitney Museum of American Art on Madison Avenue

The Whitney has art from the United States created in the 20th and 21st centuries.[3] It was started with the collection of the founder, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. Whitney began collecting art in the 1920s. She started the museum in 1930. It was located in 3 connected row houses in Greenwich Village.[4]

After Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney died in 1942 her daughter Flora Payne Whitney (1897-1986) became the president of the museum.[5] When Flora Payne Whitney retired in 1974, her daughter Flora Miller Biddle became president. She served until 1995.[6]

The museum has moved several times since it was founded. The two main moves were in 1966 to Madison Avenue and in 2015 to Gansevoort Street.[2]

Gallery[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Visitor Figures 2016" (PDF). The Art Newspaper Review. April 2017. p. 14. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Whitney Museum of American Art". Britannica. Retrieved 27 August 2023.
  3. "Whitney Museum of American Art, New York , United States". Google Arts & Culture. Retrieved 27 August 2023.
  4. "The Whitney Museum of American Art". The Art Story. Retrieved 27 August 2023.
  5. "Whitney, Flora Payne (1897–1986)". Encyclopedia.com. Retrieved 27 August 2023.
  6. Taylor, Kate (3 November 2009). "Flora Miller Biddle, Former President of the Whitney, Becomes A Work of Art in the Book "Sydney and Flora."". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 27 August 2023.

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