America Is Hard to See, Inaugural Exhibition in the Whitney’s New Space, on View thru Sept. 27

America Is Hard to See, Inaugural Exhibition in the Whitney’s New Space, on View thru Sept. 27

The Whitney Museum of American Art has had a few months to settle in to its brand new location in downtown Manhattan’s Meatpacking District—it opened in the trendy locale in May—and museumgoers still have time to check out its inaugural exhibition in the sleek, new space.

On view thru Sept. 27, America Is Hard to See—drawn entirely from the Museum’s collection—reexamines the history of art in the United States from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present and examines the themes, ideas, beliefs and passions that have inspired American artists in their struggle to work within and against traditional conventions.

Organized chronologically and divided into 23 thematic “chapters” installed throughout the building, visitors can view more than 600 works—spanning all mediums, including everything from iconic works to rarely seen pieces.   

Note: Chapters on Floor 8 have already closed.  

The museum is open from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays and until 10 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The museum is closed on Tuesdays. For more information, click here.

Pictured: Glenn Ligon (b. 1960).     Rückenfigur, 2009. Neon and paint, 24 × 145 1/2 × 5in. (61 × 369.6 × 12.7 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Painting and Sculpture Committee  2011.3a‑i.  © Glenn Ligon

 

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