The Whitney Museum

The Whitney Museum

The Whitney Museum of American Art was one of the things I looked forward to during my trip this year. I've been to New York three times prior to this and yet I've never been to the this neighborhood. It has been freezing the whole week (4°C!) so the rain definitely didn't help that day. 

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Some greenery peeking through from the linear park that is The High Line. The rail line ends at the museum which is quite convenient for tourists who want to see both places. 

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The thing I hated most about the rain that day was that it made it hard for me to see + photograph the building in its entirety. I had an umbrella on one hand and my phone for GPS on the other. 

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My mood instantly changed the moment I stepped inside. I had a feeling I was going to love this place a lot (and I do)! This area alone won me over.

Admission is $25 ($22 if you buy in advance online) and worth every penny! You'll see why as you read on. 

It was my first time to do this because unlike most museums I've been to, The Whitney is actually quite toasty inside! It was the best decision ever because it felt so freeing to walk around without feeling like a sushi roll - I even checked in my bag so all I had was my wallet and camera. This is something I'll definitely take more advantage of in the future.

I snuck in a mirror selfie before I started peeling off my layers because I had a feeling that was the only way I was going to have pictures of myself that day.

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The top floor view. Three of the eight floors have open-air terraces where visitors can get a good view of the Meatpacking District. If for some reason you're not into cityscapes, its still worth checking out as they're also an extension of the galleries. I think the artworks change from time to time because I didn't see any of the installations I saw in Whitney related articles a year ago.

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It was mostly sculptures during my visit but there was a random video installation as well.  This was the only thing I was able to photograph properly since the light during that day wasn't very forgiving.

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The architecture is an art form in itself.

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On the top most floor are Carmen Herrera's geometric paintings. Fun Fact: She's actually 101 Years Old already so this exhibit is long overdue for her.

I know they're quite simple but I can see myself hanging these in my house! Seeing these pared-down paintings in a big open space was quite refreshing after that long walk in the rain.

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Portraits Without People. This exhibit intrigued me and I wished the painting above was mine. I've always wanted to buy plants in interesting pots for my living space but since I live in a suitcase, it just doesn't make sense to do it just yet. 

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I know I didn't give the photo justice but this is a favourite! This is by Philip - Lorca diCorcia. 

"This work belongs to a series in which Philip - Lorca diCorcia photographed strangers as they walked through Times Square. He took the images using a long-range telephoto lens and employed a radio-activated strobe light, which was precisely synched with the shutter of his camera so that it dramatically illuminated his subjects while remaining invisible in daylight. The businessman depicted here was thus an unwitting participant in his own portrait despite the image's appearance as having been highly staged."

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An accurate depiction of how women feel whenever they walk the streets of Manila. The Subway by George Tooker.

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Bathroom break! I wish I worked here. The bright interiors are so conducive. 

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Elvis Two Times - My third Elvis sighting this year. I first saw these in SFMOMA then in The Broad, just a week later. I know Andy Warhol made multiple variations of this silkscreen (22, I think!) and had other artists assist him. It's crazy how much these go for - the Triple Elvis for example, was sold for $81 M a few years ago.

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The fact that I also enjoyed looking through the photographs in exhibit made me love the Whitney more. 

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I first encountered Duane Hanson's work when his Old Couple on a Bench freaked me out in the Palm Springs Museum. The life-sized sculpture was strategically placed by the elevator so I initially thought they were real people! Everything from the hair down to the veins looked pretty convincing so it was no surprise when I saw people flocking around Woman with Dog.

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Luis Santos is that you??? Kidding aside, this made me smile since I'm a big fan of Luis' blurred oil paintings. 

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A Chuck Close! He's known for his massive scale portraits in varying mediums from watercolour down to thumb prints. The one I love the most is Lorna, a Jacquard tapestry. YES TAPESTRY

He's one of C.'s favourite artists and seeing this made me wish he was there with me. I'm glad Whitney had at least one. The most I've seen was in SFMOMA where they had an entire room dedicated to his portraits.

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Touch by Joan Semmel - The Whitney Museum of American Art - blog.rachelmutia.com

Another favourite - Touch by Joan Semmel. 

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Now that's done - it's time for the gift shop!

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The Whitney Museum of American Art - blog.rachelmutia.com

Forget the tie - where can I get that dress? Also - how do I sign up for the #MichelleObama2020 design team?

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I made a mistake of buying one of the postcards below this stack w/o asking for the price first or at least looking at the receipt after.

It was $10.

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Overall, I think The Whitney is my favourite museum in New York. Other than its well curated twentieth-century artworks, I loved its spacious galleries. The rooms are well lit and there was enough room for everyone to go around. It's definitely not as crowded as The Met or MOMA. In a city as saturated as New York, personal space seems like a luxury! 

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If you're planning to visit, I suggest you do so on a Friday or Saturday when they close at 10 PM. Fridays are Pay What You Wish from 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM so if you're on a tight budget and you only have a Dollar to spare then this is definitely the best option for you.