10 Reasons Why the Whitney Museum is a Must

10 Reasons Why the Whitney Museum is a Must!

Living Artists

10 Reasons Why the Whitney Museum is a Must
No Sex, No City: Miranda, 2013 by Steward Uoo

The Whitney Museum focuses on honoring living artists and art of the 20th and 21st Century. It features edgy, provocative art that reflects the experiences of the modern-day human-that means you! It focuses on contemporary issues like LGBT rights, feminism, hyper self-awareness, and media. So play some Morrissey and indulge in that sweet urban, angst.

Studio Cafe

10 Reasons Why the Whitney Museum is a MustView from Studio Cafe

Skip your go-to rooftop brunch spot this weekend and enjoy the breathtaking view at the Studio Café on the top floor of the Whitney. With the light fare and affordable wine and cocktail selection, upgrade your favorite Saturday/Sunday activity by perusing emerging artists’ works while feeling all the more cultured and classy.

Human Interest: Portrait’s From the Whitney’s Collection

10 Reasons Why the Whitney Museum is a Must
Toyo Miyatake, Michio Ito, (1929) via Whitney

Located on the 6th and 7th floor, photographs, paintings, video installations, and sculptures redefine one of art’s oldest genre’s: the portrait. Pulled entirely from the Whitney’s collection, these reimagined portraits convey the essence of the subject in that fleeting moment. In each one, you’ll find a little piece resembling yourself.

Mirror Cells (May 13- August 21)

10 Reasons Why the Whitney Museum is a Must
Liz Craft, Spider Woman Purple Dress, 2015.

Combining the sculptural works of five artists (Liz Craft, Rochelle Goldberg, Eliza Jaeger, Maggie Lee, and Win McCarthy), this exhibit immerses the viewer in a surreal world. Lee’s Sister TV Installation will bring you back to your sister’s bedroom in your childhood home while Goldberg’s No Where, Now Here confronts you with the growth and decay of an environment that feels familiar, yet alienating. Mirror Cells combines the mundane with the existential and the familiar with the foreign.


10 Reasons Why the Whitney Museum is a Must
Photograph by Ed Lederman

Designed by architect Renzi Piano, the beautiful, new and improved Whitney building’s asymmetric, sculptural structure reflects the industrial architecture of the Meatpacking district. Layered balconies and vast windows overlooking Chelsea and the Hudson make for a scenic escape from your not-exactly-corner office.


10 Reasons Why the Whitney Museum is a Must
Photograph by Henry Gonzalez

If the Whitney’s art isn’t enough to tickle your fancy, the breathtaking views of Chelsea, the Hudson River, and the Highline most definitely will. The most Instagram-able spots are on the 6th, 7th, and 8th floor. For extra Likes, slide a glass of Rosé into the shot at the Studio Café.


10 Reasons Why the Whitney Museum is a Must

Conveniently located right next to both the Chelsea Highline and the West Side Highway, you can contemplate the juxtaposition of Andy Warhol’s Nine Jackie’s with a lovely sunset stroll along the Hudson.


10 Reasons Why the Whitney Museum is a Must
Photograph by Ryan Muir

If you’re still hungry, head to the gorgeous bar and restaurant on the ground floor of the museum, Untitled at the Whitney. With floor-to-ceiling windows and sophisticated American fare from Chef Michael Anthony of Gramercy tavern, you’re sure to have a meal on par with the museum itself.


10 Reasons Why the Whitney Museum is a Must
Maggie Lee (b. 1987), still from Mommy, 2015. Image via Whitney

Check the Calendar on the Whitney’s website to find screening times for Maggie Lee’s 2015 film in the Susan and John Hess Family Theatre on the 3rd floor. Mommy combines current and past video footage as well as photographs and drawings to illustrate the trauma of the sudden passing of the artist’s mother. This poignant and fractured telling of a coming of age story is a must see.

Stuart Davis: In Full Swing (June 10-September 25)

10 Reasons Why the Whitney Museum is a Must
Stuart Davis, Owh! in San Pao, 1951. Image via Whitney

This exhibit will portray Davis’s work in a new, unexplored light. Davis’s later works were based on motifs and elements of his earlier works, so less attention has been paid to them up until this point. The Whitney’s exhibit on the 5th floor come June 10th will be the first exhibit to display Davis’s old works alongside the early works they’re based off of.

Article by Andrea Schumann