I thought I would manage a quick trip to the new Whitney Museum to do a @SeagullSalon must see list of women artists... There is no quick trip to this INSANELY huge space, but I managed a few before the main event; Andrea Geyer's Time Tenderness. In the piece, Geyer works with dancers who sing, move and speak the narrative of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. Her commitment to art as cultural identity and her founding of The Whitney Studio Gallery (West Village 1908) which would ultimately blossom into the 1931 founding of what is now the Whitney Museum that we know... Or knew. It's now relocated back downtown.
Geyer's is a an informative and personal look at Vanderbilt-Whitney's life. It starts on the eighth floor gradually working its way through and down the floors of the building. It is a three hour piece that lasts from 3pm-6pm daily until May 18th, so catch it if you can.
Here are some other not to be missed pieces from the Whitney collection that will be on display through September 27, 2015.
AMERICA IS HARD TO SEE
MAY 1–SEPT 27, 2015
Organized chronologically, the exhibition’s narrative is divided into twenty- three thematic “chapters” installed throughout the building. These sections revisit and revise established tropes while forging new categories and even expanding the definition of who counts as an American artist. Indeed, each chapter takes its name not from a movement or style but from the title of a work that evokes the section’s animating impulse. Works of art across all mediums are displayed together, acknowledging the ways in which artists have engaged various modes of production and broken the boundaries between them.
Louise Bourgeois, Quarantania, 1941
Alvin Loving, Rational Irrationalism 1969
Eva Hesse, no title, 1969-1970
Louise Nevleson, Dawn's Wedding Chapel II, 1959
Susan Rothenberg, For The Light, 1978-1979
Karen Kimimnik, The Hellfire Club, Episode of the avengers 1989
Sue Williams, The Hose, 1994
Carol Bove, Adventures In Poetry, 2002