About the Whitney
As the preeminent institution devoted to the art of the United States, the Whitney Museum of American Art presents the full range of twentieth-century and contemporary American art, with a special focus on works by living artists. The Whitney is dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting American art, and its collection—arguably the finest holdings of twentieth-century American art in the world—is the Museum's key resource. The Museum's flagship exhibition, the Biennial, is the country's leading survey of the most recent developments in American art.
Innovation has been a hallmark of the Whitney since its beginnings. It was the first museum dedicated to the work of living American artists and the first New York museum to present a major exhibition of a video artist (Nam June Paik, in 1982). Such important figures as Jasper Johns, Jay DeFeo, Glenn Ligon, Cindy Sherman, and Paul Thek were given their first comprehensive museum surveys at the Whitney. The Museum has consistently purchased works within the year they were created, often well before the artists who created them became broadly recognized.
Designed by architect Renzo Piano and situated between the High Line and the Hudson River, the Whitney's current building vastly increases the Museum’s exhibition and programming space, providing the most expansive view ever of its unsurpassed collection of modern and contemporary American art.
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The Whitney Museum Thanks Its Donors
Extraordinary relief support during the COVID-19 pandemic is provided by Art Bridges, Bank of America, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Dalio Philanthropies, the Henry Luce Foundation, the Manitou Fund, the Terra Foundation for American Art, and the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.
Support for the Whitney’s general operations is provided by donors to the Museum’s Annual Fund, public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, The Brown Foundation Inc, of Houston, the Enoch Foundation, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Howard Bayne Fund, Inc., the Joseph & Sophia Abeles Foundation, Inc., the Leon Levy Foundation, the Marc Haas Foundation, the William Talbott Hillman Foundation, and an anonymous donor.