The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York opens its flash new Renzo Piano-designed doors to the public on Friday. All week the city’s press and art world have been attending previews of the expanded new space in the Meatpacking District, culminating in a ribbon-cutting ceremony held on Thursday and attended by Michelle Obama and Mayor Bill de Blasio. The atmosphere inside has been described as ‘euphoric’ as those lucky first few saw the culmination of years of planning and construction, where ultimately the ‘art looks better’. The new building gives the Whitney 50,000 sq ft of gallery space meaning it is the first time the museum has been able to give such a comprehensive view of its permanent collection of all-American art, including works by Andy Warhol, Georgia O’Keefe, Jasper Johns and many, many more unknown artists. Many herald the opening of the Whitney as a great moment in the history of American art: at last there is a space deserving of this great canon of work.
To celebrate the opening of the Whitney, for one night only, the lights of the Empire State Building will be used to interpret works from inside the museum. Beginning at 8pm on Friday, 12 works will be displayed for 30 minutes each. Read more: nytimes.com and whitney.org