Whitney Museum of American Art
New York

As the preeminent institution devoted to the art of the United States, the Whitney Museum of American Art presents the full range of twentieth-century and contemporary American art, with a special focus on works by living artists. The Whitney is dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting American art, and its collection – arguably the finest holding of twentieth-century American art in the world – is the Museum’s key resource. The Museum’s signature exhibition, the Biennial, is the country’s leading survey of the most recent developments in American art.

Innovation has been a hallmark of the Whitney since its beginnings. It was the first museum dedicated to the work of living American artists and the first New York museum to present a major exhibition of a video artist (Nam June Paik in 1982). Such figures as Jasper Johns, Cy Twombly, and Cindy Sherman were given their first museum retrospectives by the Whitney. The Museum has consistently purchased works within the year they were created, often well before the artists became broadly recognized. The Whitney was the first museum to take its exhibitions and programming beyond its walls by establishing corporate-funded branch facilities, and the first museum to undertake a program of collection-sharing (with the San Jose Museum of Art) in order to increase access to its renowned collection.

Designed by architect Renzo Piano and situated between the High Line and the Hudson River, the Whitney’s new building vastly increases the Museum’s exhibition and programming space, providing the most expansive view ever of its unsurpassed collection of modern and contemporary American art.


Authored Articles
Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror
Sep 29, 2021 – Feb 13, 2022
Johns's groundbreaking work sent shock waves through the art world when it was first shown in the late 1950s, and...
Mary Corse / A Survey in Light
Jun 8 – Nov 25, 2018
Mary Corse’s first solo museum survey examines this artist’s career and her deep fascination with perception and with the...
Alec Soth / Magnum Gallery
Nov 7, 2019 – Jan 24, 2020
"Rather than trying to make some sort of epic narrative about America, I wanted to simply spend time looking...
Robert Motherwell / Open
May 17 – July 21, 2018
Templon presents paintings never before shown in Paris by the master abstract artist, Robert Motherwell. The exhibition will feature...
A Conversation with Mitch Epstein
interview series
Mitch Epstein is a fine-art photographer who helped pioneer color photography in the 1970s. His works are in major...
Frieze New York
May 4–6, 2018
Frieze New York 2018 will bring together over 190 galleries from 30 countries, showcasing some of the world's most...
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
70 year Anniversary
Recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family...
I Know How Furiously Your Heart Is Beating
Alec Soth / Mar 21 – Apr 27, 2019
the exhibition comprised of large scale portraits and interiors focuses on Soth’s depiction of the individual, posing questions about...