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The Whitney Museum Gets a New Home

One of New York City’s major museums, the Whitney Museum of American Art, will move to a new location in early 2015. The new, 200,000 square foot building was designed by renowned architect, Renzo Piano, and is being built under the management of Turner Construction. The site overlooks the Hudson River and is situated in the Meatpacking District at the intersection of Washington and Gansevoort Streets.

Since the mid-1960s, the Whitney Museum of American Art has been located in Upper Manhattan at the intersection of Madison and 75th streets in a striking building designed by the late architect Marcel Breuer. The Whitney Museum recently negotiated a deal to let the Museum of Modern Art use the Upper Manhattan gallery space for at least 8 years.

The new building will include indoor and outdoor exhibition space and will provide additional exhibition space for the more than 19,000 works of American Art in its collection. The video of the new space illustrates the variety of exhibition space that Piano has created for the collection.

This is just one of the new art museums being created in major cities around the world, and the new Whitney Museum of American Art will create a destination for visitors and residents alike. You can see the web cam on the Whitney site here.

Image courtesy of Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Cooper, Robertson & Partners

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