Whitney Museum of American Art

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Whitney Museum of American Art 

  • 945 Madison Ave (at 75th St) Upper East Side
  • (212) 570-3600
  • Subway: 6 to 77th St | Get directions
  • map can be found here
Opening Times Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun 11am–6pm; Fri 1–9pm

Admission $18; seniors, adults 19–25 and students $12; ages 18 and under free

Like the Guggenheim, the Whitney is set apart by its unique architecture: It’s a Marcel Breuer–designed grey granite cube with an all-seeing upper-story “eye” window. When Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, a sculptor and art patron, opened the museum in 1931, she dedicated it to living American artists. Today, the Whitney holds about 18,000 pieces by about 2,700 artists, including Alexander Calder, Willem de Kooning, Edward Hopper (the museum holds his entire estate), Jasper Johns, Louise Nevelson, Georgia O’Keeffe and Claes Oldenburg. Still, the museum’s reputation rests mainly on its temporary shows, particularly the exhibition everyone loves to hate, the Whitney Biennial…

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