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Dedication of the Whitney Museum of American Art April 30, 2015

The Whitney Museum inaugurated the opening of its new home with a dedication ceremony and ribbon-cutting, featuring remarks from First Lady Michelle Obama and a performance by the Wooster Group.

Watch a video of the dedication ceremony, and view the full program below.

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Matana Roberts


Robert J. Hurst, Co-Chairman
Brooke Garber Neidich, Co-Chairman
Neil G. Bluhm, President
Board of Trustees of the Whitney Museum of American Art

Renzo Piano, Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Design Architect for the Whitney Museum of American Art

Adam D. Weinberg
Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art

The Honorable Bill de Blasio
Mayor of the City of New York

Flora Miller Biddle
Honorary Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Whitney Museum of American Art and granddaughter of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney

Michelle Obama
First Lady of the United States of America


Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The Wooster Group
and teens from the Whitney’s Youth Insights Program



A 30-second online art project:
Ryan Kuo, Hateful Little Thing

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All visitors aged 12 and older must show proof they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine for admission to the Whitney, in accordance with NYC requirements. Visitors aged 18 and older will also be asked to show photo ID. Face coverings are required for all visitors. Learn more about the Whitney’s safety guidelines.