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Whitney Museum

99 Gansevoort St., New York, NY 10014 | (212) 570-3600, United States
The Whitney Museum

When it opened a year ago, some critics described the new home of the Whitney Museum of American Art as “clunky” or “awkward.” But in the end, almost everyone was won over by the asymmetrical white structure designed by Italian Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano. Much like its surroundings in the Meatpacking District—an area of warehouses, railway lines and loft buildings—the museum isn’t classically beautiful and yet it’s filled with unique features: a dramatically cantilevered entrance sheltering an outdoor plaza, stacked terraces overlooking Manhattan, and vast column-free galleries framed by walls of windows.

Ed Lederman

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After a 2015 move to the Meatpacking District, the Whitney Museum's airy and asymmetric new home features expansive galleries and balconies with skyline views that are almost as captivating as the exhibitions. This dramatic setting just steps from the south end of the High Line offers a fitting backdrop to the museum's engaging and innovative programming. The Whitney's core collection includes more than 22,000 pieces of 20th- and 21st-century American art spanning paintings, films, prints, photographs, sculptures, and various forms of new media. An afternoon spent weaving through the works will introduce visitors to young or relatively unknown artists among greats like Jackson Pollock, Jeff Koons, Andy Warhol, and Georgia O'Keeffe. For a meal that's just as inspired, reserve a table at the museum's restaurant, Untitled at the Whitney, for Chef Michael Anthony's creative take on seasonal American cuisine.

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