Steps away from the High Line and Chelsea Market in New York City’s vibrant Meatpacking District, the Whitney Museum of American Art is the perfect destination for visitors of all ages to immerse themselves in art, culture, and all that NYC has to offer. The Whitney presents soaring views of the famous city skyline via four stories of outdoor balcony terraces and awe-inspiring architecture amid its collection of masterworks by leading American artists like Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Jacob Lawrence, along with cutting-edge exhibitions featuring today's most celebrated contemporary artists.
This holiday season, there’s no better place to admire the magic of New York City than atop one of the Whitney’s terraces. Soak in Gansevoort Plaza’s spectacular holiday lights display and make sure to look up: Nancy Baker Cahill: CENTO, a monumental augmented reality “creature,” drifts through the air above the terrace on Floor 8. Explore more festive activities in the Museum’s holiday guide, and find unique gifts for art lovers of all ages, including NYC-inspired prints from artist Anastasia Inciardi’s viral Mini Print Vending Machine for just $1 each, at the Whitney Shop.
Frenchette Bakery at the Whitney
A new Frenchette Bakery and cafe are coming to the Whitney this November. As part of the Whitney’s reimagined food and beverage program, Frenchette Bakery, which opened in TriBeCa in 2020, will open a new flagship location, with its first-ever cafe in the Museum’s redesigned ground-floor restaurant space. The restaurant will offer a selection of on-premises baked sweet and savory fare and feature a new commission from artist Rashid Johnson.
Masterpieces from the Whitney Collection
The Whitney houses the foremost collection of American art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with a special focus on the most innovative artists of our time. Iconic works by Andy Warhol, Lee Krasner, Norman Lewis, Roy Lichtenstein, and many more are now on view in The Whitney’s Collection: Selections from 1900 to 1965. This multi-year presentation also features a panoramic installation of Alexander Calder’s Calder's Circus, which New York magazine calls “one of the most fun, beloved, and radical works of 20th-century American art.”
Current and Upcoming Exhibitions
On view through January 28, 2024, the blockbuster exhibition Henry Taylor: B Side celebrates an artist widely appreciated for his unique aesthetic, social vision, and freewheeling experimentation. Discover the exhibition New York magazine calls “the best show of 2023!” Widely renowned for her wire sculptures, Ruth Asawa’s dreamy works on paper take the spotlight in Ruth Asawa Through Line, on view through January 15, 2024. Next spring, the Whitney Biennial, the Museum’s flagship exhibition and the country’s leading survey of contemporary American art, will return with a constellation of the most relevant art and ideas of our time. Opening in September 2024, Edges of Ailey will be the first large-scale museum exhibition to reflect on the life, work, and legacy of visionary artist Alvin Ailey. More information about the current and upcoming exhibitions can be found at whitney.org/exhibitions.
Don’t miss the art that everyone in New York City will be talking about next spring! The Whitney Biennial—a showcase of what’s new in the world of American art—returns to the Whitney for its 81st installment in 2024. A wide array of contemporary artists will participate in this visual, immersive story of America, sparking important conversations and giving visitors the opportunity to see tomorrow’s icons today, all in the heart of the electric Meatpacking District. More information about the Whitney Biennial can be found at whitney.org/biennial.
Family and Public Programs
All year round, the Whitney offers free art programming for kids and teens on weekends and a robust slate of public programs and events for visitors of all ages. Programs range from guided tours and artist talks to artmaking, performances, and so much more. This winter, discover and celebrate artist Harry Smith’s eclectic life and creative pursuits at My Harry, a three-day festival on Friday, December 8, through Sunday, December 10. More public program information can be found online at whitney.org/events.