1. For the first Biennial, artists—among them Grant Wood, Arshile Gorky, and Georgia O’Keeffe—were invited to submit works of their own choosing, continuing the tradition of nonjuried exhibitions surveying new American art which began at the Whitney Studio Club in 1918.
Installation view of the First Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, November 23, 1932–January 5, 1933, Whitney Museum of American Art

    For the first Biennial, artists—among them Grant Wood, Arshile Gorky, and Georgia O’Keeffe—were invited to submit works of their own choosing, continuing the tradition of nonjuried exhibitions surveying new American art which began at the Whitney Studio Club in 1918.

    Installation view of the First Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, November 23, 1932–January 5, 1933, Whitney Museum of American Art

  2. As the Whitney prepares for its historic move downtown, Flora Miller Biddle discusses the three generations of “Whitney Women”—her grandmother Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, who in 1914 founded the Whitney Studio in Greenwich Village, and in 1930 the Whitney Museum of American Art; her mother Flora Whitney Miller, who served as the Museum’s President (1941–1966) and Chairman (1966–1974); and herself, who served as President (1977–1985) and is currently the Honorary Chairman of the Museum.

  3. I wanted to make a film that could include … a sort of sense that I think we all have looking at New York City of seeing it in the present and past tense simultaneously.

    — T. J. Wilcox, whose panoramic film installation, In the Air closes tomorrow.

  4. In 1972, Alma Thomas became the first African-American woman to have a solo exhibition at the Whitney.
archivesofamericanart:

It’s #museumselfie day today!
Alma Thomas with her work at the Whitney Museum, 1972? / unidentified photographer. Alma Thomas papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

    In 1972, Alma Thomas became the first African-American woman to have a solo exhibition at the Whitney.

    archivesofamericanart:

    It’s #museumselfie day today!

    Alma Thomas with her work at the Whitney Museum, 1972? / unidentified photographer. Alma Thomas papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

  5. "One of the most mesmerizing temporary sights in town…not to be missed and maybe never to be forgotten." —New York Magazine on T. J. Wilcox: In the Air, on view through February 9. 
Installation view of T. J. Wilcox: In the Air, 2013 (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, September 19, 2013–February 9, 2014). Photograph by Bill Orcutt

    "One of the most mesmerizing temporary sights in town…not to be missed and maybe never to be forgotten." —New York Magazine on T. J. Wilcox: In the Air, on view through February 9. 

    Installation view of T. J. Wilcox: In the Air, 2013 (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, September 19, 2013–February 9, 2014). Photograph by Bill Orcutt

  6. Happy birthday to our founder, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, who was born today in 1875.
Robert Henri (1865–1929), Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, 1916. Oil on canvas, 50 × 72 in. (127 × 182.9 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Flora Whitney Miller 86.70.3 © Estate of Robert Henri

    Happy birthday to our founderGertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, who was born today in 1875.

    Robert Henri (1865–1929), Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, 1916. Oil on canvas, 50 × 72 in. (127 × 182.9 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Flora Whitney Miller 86.70.3 © Estate of Robert Henri

  7. Curator Barbara Haskell discusses the origins of artist Robert Indiana’s iconic work LOVE.

  8. archivesofamericanart:

Meet Juliana Force: not the first female director of the Whitney Museum but the first director of the Whitney Museum. Period.
Juliana Force, ca. 1931 / Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton, photographer. Marchal Landgren papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

    archivesofamericanart:

    Meet Juliana Force: not the first female director of the Whitney Museum but the first director of the Whitney Museum. Period.

    Juliana Force, ca. 1931 / Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton, photographer. Marchal Landgren papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

  9. This Thursday, join scholars Joachim Pissarro and Thomas Crow, along with curator Barbara Haskell, for a roundtable discussion about Robert Indiana in the context of his Pop artist contemporaries. Reserve your tickets now. 
Installation view of Robert Indiana: Beyond LOVE (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, September 26, 2013–January 5, 2014). © 2013 The Morgan Art Foundation, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photograph by Sheldan C. Collins

    This Thursday, join scholars Joachim Pissarro and Thomas Crow, along with curator Barbara Haskell, for a roundtable discussion about Robert Indiana in the context of his Pop artist contemporaries. Reserve your tickets now. 

    Installation view of Robert Indiana: Beyond LOVE (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, September 26, 2013–January 5, 2014). © 2013 The Morgan Art Foundation, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photograph by Sheldan C. Collins

  10. Today in 1931, the Whitney Museum of American Art opened on West 8th Street in Greenwich Village. Our new building will open downtown in 2015. Back to our roots! 
Photograph by Tim Schenck

    Today in 1931, the Whitney Museum of American Art opened on West 8th Street in Greenwich Village. Our new building will open downtown in 2015. Back to our roots! 

    Photograph by Tim Schenck

  11. This morning, we got a sneak peek of T. J. Wilcox's new panoramic film installation, In the Air, which opens to the public tomorrow.
From his Union Square studio, Wilcox filmed the 360-degree view of Manhattan from dawn to dusk. One by one, six projectors cut away from the cityscape to stories inspired by a particular view from the studio—from Andy Warhol’s welcoming the pope-mobile with silver Mylar balloons to the mesmerizing Manhattanhenge to an interview with the building’s super about his memory of September 11.

    This morning, we got a sneak peek of T. J. Wilcox's new panoramic film installation, In the Air, which opens to the public tomorrow.

    From his Union Square studio, Wilcox filmed the 360-degree view of Manhattan from dawn to dusk. One by one, six projectors cut away from the cityscape to stories inspired by a particular view from the studio—from Andy Warhol’s welcoming the pope-mobile with silver Mylar balloons to the mesmerizing Manhattanhenge to an interview with the building’s super about his memory of September 11.

  12. On this day in 1918… Mrs. Whitney formally established the Whitney Studio Club where, over the next decade, more than eighty-six exhibitions were held. Among these were the first solo exhibitions of Edward Hopper (1920) and Reginald Marsh (1924). The membership requirements? Simple: Any artist that who was introduced by a member could join.
Charles Sheeler, Office Interior, Whitney Studio Club, 10 West 8 Street, c. 1928. Gelatin silver print, 7 1/2 × 9 3/8 in. (19.1 × 23.8 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney 93.24.1

    On this day in 1918… Mrs. Whitney formally established the Whitney Studio Club where, over the next decade, more than eighty-six exhibitions were held. Among these were the first solo exhibitions of Edward Hopper (1920) and Reginald Marsh (1924). The membership requirements? Simple: Any artist that who was introduced by a member could join.


    Charles Sheeler
    Office Interior, Whitney Studio Club, 10 West 8 Street, c. 1928. Gelatin silver print, 7 1/2 × 9 3/8 in. (19.1 × 23.8 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney 93.24.1

  13. In 1972, Alma Thomas became the first African-American woman to have a solo exhibition at the Whitney. Her Late Night Reflections is on view now in Blues for Smoke.
Alma Thomas (1891–1978), Late Night Reflections, 1972. Acrylic on canvas, 28 ¾ x 44 inches. Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA. Purchase, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University Fund for Acquisitions and bequest of Marjorie Pfeffer by exchange. Photograph by Peter Paul Geoffrion

    In 1972, Alma Thomas became the first African-American woman to have a solo exhibition at the Whitney. Her Late Night Reflections is on view now in Blues for Smoke.

    Alma Thomas (1891–1978), Late Night Reflections, 1972. Acrylic on canvas, 28 ¾ x 44 inches. Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA. Purchase, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University Fund for Acquisitions and bequest of Marjorie Pfeffer by exchange. Photograph by Peter Paul Geoffrion

  14. Eighty-one years ago today, the Whitney Museum of American Art opened on West 8th Street. Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney’s personal holdings, totaling some 600 works, served as the basis for the founding collection.
     
    The Whitney was in Greenwich Village for more than twenty years, before moving to West 54th Street in 1954, and then to its present building at 945 Madison Avenue in 1966.
     
    In 2015, the Whitney will move to Gansevoort and Washington Streets, once again engaging the Museum directly with the bustling communities of downtown Manhattan where it was founded.

  15. The saddest story of an object, where it becomes a symbol, and then is moved from place to place through overly elaborate processes, broken in half and brought back together … Right now they’ve built a gazebo around it to protect it from the rain. A rock protected from the rain. It’s my favorite sculpture story.

    —  Artist Trisha Baga on the story of Plymouth Rock, which loosely inspired her work Plymouth Rock 2, opening tomorrow.