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“It is especially in times like these that we need to look to the spiritual. In art we find it.”

— Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, founder of the Whitney Museum of American Art, on the occasion of its opening, 1931

Today, art and the creative process are more important than ever, as artists use current events as a springboard to create new work and react to the world around them. The Whitney depends on unrestricted grants to open its doors to nearly half a million visitors per year. These funds are applied to every department, from education to performing arts and curatorial research projects. Through these grants, the Whitney is able to carry out its mission of championing modern and contemporary American art.

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Gabriel Orozco, Parachute in Iceland (South), 1996  97.36
Gabriel Orozco, Parachute in Iceland (South), 1996. Silver dye bleach print (Ilfochrome), 12 3/8 × 18 5/8 in. (31.4 × 47.3 cm). Edition no. 5/5. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from Michael Ward Stout  97.36
© 1996 Gabriel Orozco