Hello, New Whitney Museum

Whitney Museum Preview: © 2015 NY Social Agenda (www.nysocialagenda.com)

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The Whitney Museum of American Art has relocated.

No, this is not a typo – except cold hard facts. The landmark, (borne from the late sculptor – Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, and once an iconic staple on 54th Street in Midtown ), decided to pack up and return to its roots, with a brand new facelift and will be part of the Meatpacking District.

Though, the Grand Opening is not until 5/1, we (along with over a thousand other attendees) RSVP’D to a very special preview event on April 23, at its new location on 99 Gansevoort Street.

Well played -Whitney Museum. Well played!

First of all, this is a great relocation –  and here are the perks to support our proclamation:

-Beautiful views of the Hudson River can be viewed from the Library on the eighth floor.

-The museum is anchored and can be accessed on the South entry of the High-Line, and it’s located just steps away from cute little shops and restaurants.

– The museum also offers several first milestones: a dedicated space for education programs in the Laurie M. Tisch Education Center.

– Multipurpose 170 seat Susan/John Hess Family Theater

-State-of-the-art Bucksbaum, Learsy, Scanlan Conservation Center.

-Study Center for works on paper named after Sondra Gilman – and the flexible Kaufman Gallery exhibiting film, video, and performance.

Let’s not forget the beautiful and timeless and exquisite works of Art on each floor.

Guided by the vision of Pritzker Prize-winning Architect – Renzo Piano, the plans for the new building and new location have been in motion since April 30, 2008.

During the preview, Alice Pratt Brown Director – Adam D. Weinberg, and Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Programs – Donna DE Salvo, and of course Renzo Piano spoke before we had a chance to partake on the guided tours.

Here’s a little insider scoop:

May 1, 2015 is the Grand Opening as mentioned earlier and the Empire State Building will celebrate with a firework display later that night from 8 pm until 10 pm, and can be viewed from its four, east-facing terraces.

The first exhibit to kick-off the new building is titled America Is Hard to See starts on May 1–September 27, 2015.

May 2: Whitney Museum is offering FREE admission ALL DAY to visitors, followed by a block party.

You’re welcome in advance!

To snag your tickets for upcoming exhibits, and to find out more information on the new Whitney Museum, click here. See you on May 1.