Whitney Museum of American Art | Cutting-Edge Artwork

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The Whitney Museum of American Art, located in the West Village/Meatpacking District, at 99 Gansevoort Street (and Washington Street), is one of the nation’s most important contemporary art museum, and arguably, the most important collection of modern American art in the world. Dedicated to supporting living American artists through acquisitions and exhibits, the Whitney Museum continues to display cutting-edge art of all genres.

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History

The Whitney Museum was founded in 1931 through the energy and generosity of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, a sculptor herself. The museum’s initial collection consisted of 700 objects donated by Mrs. Whitney. Interestingly, she originally offered her collection to the Metropolitan Museum in New York. When she was turned down, she opened the Whitney. For the museum’s first twenty years, virtually all of the Whitney Museum’s acquisitions were the result of Mrs. Whitney’s generosity.

Originally housed in a Greenwich Village townhouse, the museum moved twice before settling into the mid-century modern structure designed in 1966 by Marcel Breuer, a member of the Bauhaus school. The 97-foot, 30,000-square foot building is noted for its gray granite exterior, inverted pyramid shape, and seemingly haphazard windows.

The Collection

The Whitney Museum of American Art focuses on American art from the 20th and 21st centuries. The museum houses over 12,000 works in all genres by nearly 2000 artists. Highlights of the collection include a large holding of Alexander Calder’s work, the largest body of his art at any museum in the world. Other features include a large collection of Edward Hopper paintings, left to the museum by the artist’s estate, and substantial holdings of work by Georgia O’Keefe, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Keith Haring, and Willem de Kooning. The museum also features a regular schedule of temporary exhibits, usually on topics a bit more avante-garde than are found at the Metropolitan or the MOMA. Recent shows have included American Art in the Age of Technology and The Warhol Look: Glamour Style Fashion.

Visiting the Whitney Museum of American Art

The Whitney Museum is open daily, except for Thanksgiving, December 25, and New Year’s Day. Admission discounts are offered to seniors, students and visitors with a disability. Admission is free to museum members and to children and teens 18 and under. The museum’s four spacious floors of exhibition space flow easily and provide a light and airy feel to the museum.

Tours of the museum’s highlights are offered periodically throughout the day at no additional charge. The Whitney boasts a seasonal American restaurant called “UNTITLED” with creations by Executive Chef Suzanne Cupps. The restaurant has striking views of the High Line, Hudson River and the NYC skyline. The Whitney offers several programs to help families best enjoy the museum, including special free “family cards” of the museum’s most important pieces, which list the important points about each work, and free sketchbooks for families to make their own interpretations.

The Whitney Museum of American Art is a celebration of this country’s unique artistic style. Bolder and more innovative than the other major New York museums, it’s a must-see for any true art lover.

Location: 99 Gansevoort St, New York City, New York
Phone: 212-570-3600
E-mail: info@whitney.org

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Studio Museum in Harlem | Promoting the Works of Artists of African Descent for 50 Years

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Special Notice – At the time of this post, The Studio Museum’s building at 144 W. 125th Street is closed for construction for their new museum. Studio Museum 127, their temporary exhibition space, is located at 429 West 127th Street between Amsterdam and Convent Avenues. Opening hours are Thursday through Sunday, 12 to 6 pm.

The Studio Museum in Harlem has been promoting the works of artists of African descent since 1968. The museum features a dynamic schedule of rotating exhibitions that showcase contemporary art by African-American, Caribbean, and African artists.

Located on Harlem’s vibrant 125th Street, this small museum also houses a sculpture garden, a light-filled cafe, and many special events including concerts, walking tours and art programs for kids and families.

The Studio Museum in Harlem

Artist rendering of the new Studio Museum in Harlem

About the Exhibitions and Permanent Collection

This gallery is known for its fresh and exciting exhibits by both local and international black artists working in a variety of mediums from large-scale installations to video art. Highlights of past exhibitions include “Africa Comics” (hand-drawn comic strips from across the African continent) and “Harlem, USA” (works by photographer Dawoud Bey chronicling Harlem in the 1970’s).

The Studio Museum in Harlem often draws from its permanent collection of 19th and 20th century African-American art and artifacts for its exhibits. The permanent collection dates back over 200 years and features over 1,700 works in a broad range of media by more than 400 artists. The museum is particularly renowned for its large collection of works by legendary Harlem Renaissance photographer James VanDerZee.

Artists-in-Residence Program

Each year, The Studio Museum in Harlem showcases the works of their Artists-in-Residence. These three emerging artists are granted a stipend and studio space (hence the museum’s name) for 12 months to create art in their chosen media. During their year in residency, these artists have 24-hour access to studio space located on the third floor of the museum.

The Artists-in-Residence program has launched the careers of many esteemed artists including Kerry James Marshall, Wangechi Mutu and portrait painter Kehinde Wiley.

Public Programs and Special Events

The Studio Museum in Harlem offers many engaging programs for adults, students, children and families making it a dynamic cultural hub in the community. Some examples include gallery tours that take a closer look at the museum’s permanent collection, lectures on the influence of African-American art in popular culture and walking tours that examine Harlem architecture. The Studio Museum also offers a variety of art workshops for kids of all ages.

There is also a full calendar of special events at The Studio Museum in Harlem, many of which take place on Sundays when admission is free. Examples of performances include violin concerts by the students of Opus 118 Harlem School of Music and shows by African drum and dance troupe Sounds of Afrika.

Visiting Studio Museum in Harlem

The Studio Museum in Harlem is located at 144 West 125th Street between Malcolm X Boulevard (Lenox Avenue) and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard (7th Avenue).

For more information on hours of operation, current exhibitions and upcoming programs and events, call 212-864-4500 or to visit The Studio Museum in Harlem official website.

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The Morgan Library & Museum | Experience a Stunning Display of Rare Books

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Book lovers, prepare to be amazed. After walking through the Madison Avenue entrance of The Morgan Library & Museum, visitors will experience a stunning display of rare literary materials dating from the Middle Ages to the 20th century.

This New York City museum and research library features a treasure trove of original letters and manuscripts, many by beloved literary figures such as Jane Austen and Mark Twain. The Morgan collection of works is considered to be one of the most important collections of literary and historical manuscripts in the world, and is a must-see destination for those captivated by literature.

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A Financier’s Book Collection

In the early 1900’s, the Morgan Library was built to house the rapidly growing collection of books and manuscripts amassed by American financier John Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913.) One of the world’s richest men at the turn of the 20th century, J.P. Morgan was an avid book and art collector, and benefactor enriching the collections of many institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History. His private library included a stunning collection of historical and illuminated manuscripts, ancient master drawings and prints, and printed books with rare bindings.

A Private Library Becomes a City’s Treasure

Between 1902 and 1906, J.P. Morgan’s library was built beside his New York home at Madison Avenue and 36th Street. The three-room Italian-Renaissance inspired structure was designed by architect Charles McKim and is often referred to as his masterpiece, offering a majestic yet intimate and elegant environment. The library remained in private hands until 1924, when J.P. Morgan’s son, J.P. Morgan Jr. (1867-1943) fulfilled his father’s dream of sharing his incredible collection with the world and opened the library to the public. Today the museum consists of a complex of buildings which includes the original library.

Highlights of the Collection

There are only fifty copies remaining the world of the Gutenberg Bible, and The Morgan Library & Museum boasts three in its possession. Just some of the other remarkable holdings include an autographed manuscript of the Haffner Symphony by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and autographed journal entries by American author and abolitionist Henry David Thoreau.
From medieval illuminated manuscripts to rare first editions, visitors will marvel at the astonishing collection of works which includes the only surviving manuscript of John Milton’s Paradise Lost, Charles Dickens’s manuscript of A Christmas Carol, and letters and manuscripts by major figures such as Jane Austen, John Keats, Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln, Charlotte Brontë and John Steinbeck.

In addition to the many rare manuscripts in the Morgan’s holdings, the museum also showcases drawings and works by great artists such as Rubens, Degas and Leonardo da Vinci, early children’s books and rare printed music, as well as correspondence by post-World War II writers such as Ernest Hemingway and Jack Kerouac.

The Morgan also hosts visiting exhibitions from other museums to complement its world-class collections, and features an extensive selection of on-line exhibitions at the official Morgan Library & Museum website.

Programs and Education

The Morgan offers a busy calendar of events including lectures, readings and concert performances relating to the exhibitions currently being showcased. The institution also hosts an art-in-education program for youth that complements classroom studies. Current event schedules and an overview of the museum’s educational program are available at the Morgan’s website.

Dining and Shopping at the Morgan

There are two dining options at The Morgan Museum & Library. Casual dining is available at the Morgan Café, which offers light menus inspired by the museum’s exhibitions in a light-filled, airy glass-enclosed dining area of the museum.

The more formal Morgan Dining Room allows guests to brunch or lunch in the Morgan’s original family dining room, located in a 19th century restored brownstone.

The Morgan Shop sells many unique items including art reproductions, books and collectibles that reflect the museum’s collections.

Visiting The Morgan Library & Museum

The Morgan is right in the heart of New York City, located at 225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Midtown Manhattan.

Location: 225 Madison Avenue, New York City, New York
Phone: 212-685-0008
E-mail: visitorservices@themorgan.org

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