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Whitney Museum of American Art

History of the Museum

One of the world’s principal collections of 20th century American art is gathered and displayed at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney was the founder of the museum. The Museum was founded in 1931. At that time, it had group of 700 art objects. Among these, much of the objects were from the personal collection of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney; while others were purchased at the time of the opening. These were bought in order to provide a more meticulous synopsis of American art in the early decades of the century. Today, the museum boasts of around twelve thousand works. This includes paintings, sculptures, multimedia installations, drawings, prints, and photographs and the growth is still continuing.

About The Whitney Museum of American Art

The museum is located on 945 Madison Avenue, New York. The museum always laid emphasis on the realist art. It also stressed to give the comprehensive depiction of the 20th century American art.

The characteristic feature of collections at the museum is its in-depth portrayal. The work of art reveals the commitment of the artist towards his work.There is also collection of work by Hopper and Marsh. Besides, largest collection of work is by Alexander Calder that ranges from the Calder’s Circus Surrealist-inspired pieces of the 1940s to large-scale mobiles and stabiles. Other major works include that of Georgia O'Keeffe, Louise Nevelson, Gaston Lachaise, Marsden Hartley, Charles Burchfield, and Agnes Martin Exhibitions of the Museum

Some of the popular exhibitions of the museum are:

  • April 1, 2007-April 29, 2007—Gordon Matta-Clark: “You Are the Measure”
  • February 8, 2007-April 1, 2007-- Lights, Camera Action: Artists' Films for the Cinema
  • February 8, 2007-April 29, 2007—Uncontained
  • December 20, 2006-March 4, 2007-- Photography and the Self: The Legacy of F. Holland Day
  • December 7, 2006-March 4, 2007-- Burgeoning Geometries: Constructed Abstractions
  • Kiki Smith: A Gathering, 1980 - 2005

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