Does the New Whitney Museum Herald a Golden Age for New York Institutions?

Brian Boucher,
Monday, April 6, 2015


Renzo Piano’s Whitney Museum of American Art building, September 2014.
Photo: Ed Lederman, courtesy Whitney Museum of American Art.

The Whitney Museum of American Art’s Meatpacking District museum, opening May 1, is fiercely awaited. In its new building, designed by Renzo Piano, the galleries and sculpture gardens will nearly double the museum’s previous exhibition space, with two floors devoted to showing off its permanent collection. The museum expects to take in spillover from the millions of yearly visitors who regularly traipse the High Line. Yet, despite having made the kinds of changes that often unleash torrents of

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