Reopening the Whitney Museum of American Art was another giant step toward New York normal. And, it was great getting back inside, and out.
By David Stone
Soon after the state released guidelines for reopening New York’s array of art museums, the Whitney acted. The Chelsea venue at the end of High Line Park, joined The Met in reopening, first to members, then the rest of the eager universe.
All required timed passes, but members are welcome now and all others, starting Thursday, September 3rd.
A walk through the featured Collections from 1900 to 1965 was like refreshing juice in a summer of dried heat.
Seen from the 7th floor deck, New York stands as a reminder of all the spirit that undergirds the galleries. And a place to reflect on the wonders inside.
Scenes: Reopening the Whitney Museum of Modern Art
You’re reminded of what we’ve missed right away when the elevator doors open on the top floor. Art from collections covering its first sixty-five years welcome your eyes, and your eyes catch the rush of images.
Here’s a sampling of what’s ahead.
Video: Jacob Lawrence’s War Series
Jacob Lawrence served in a segregated Coast Guard unit in Florida during World War II, but his talent recognized, he went on to an integrated unit as an artist. His paintings, recording action in Europe, Africa and Asia, got a room to themselves at the Whitney reopening.
Here’s a video.
At mid-century, American expressionists made New York center of the art world…
The Whitney was there, playing a big part in fostering American expressionists shocking the world.
At the Whitney Museum of American Art’s reopening, space for cultural comment…
Reopening the Whitney Museum of American Art: Conclusion
For many of us, especially New Yorkers, reopening art museums is a giant step toward normal, and maybe, it’s the biggest of all. It was hard getting here, but patience and community made it happen.
Now, take time to enjoy the shows and contribute to our success.