Whitney Museum of American Art / by Jennifer Rappaport

This Saturday I spent the day at the brand new Whitney Museum located in Meatpacking at the beginning of the High Line. As I expected it was packed! The general admission line wrapped around the gleaming glass facade and neighboring outdoor cafe. Luckily I was with my boyfriend who recently started a new job at a company that is a corporate member of the museum. We where able to bypass the line to the membership desk and enter very quickly. Like other museums such as the MoMA it is suggested to view from the top floor down which we did. The building itself is very impressive and beautiful. There is a lot of artwork on view and all the big names of American...mostly male...artists. I personally did not care for the grey gallery walls on one of the floors with the wonderful Jacob Lawrence paintings, Hopper paintings and the one Andrew Wythe they had on view. I plan on going back at a less busy time and really taking in the space and art work again, it was very overwhelming. I was very impressed by the docent I heard given a tour through one of galleries. For those who have not been yet definitely go and see for yourself the wonderful new building and the large amount of artwork the Whitney has on view. 

The gallery rooms are very spacious for large installations and sculptures. 

The gallery rooms are very spacious for large installations and sculptures. 

There are a lot of seating areas, cafes, and great views of New Jersey and New York all over the museum!

There are a lot of seating areas, cafes, and great views of New Jersey and New York all over the museum!

No matter where you are in the museum there is something to look at.

No matter where you are in the museum there is something to look at.