When the Whitney Museum's new Renzo Piano-designed (in collaboration with New York practice Cooper Robertson) home on Gansevoort Street opens its doors on May 1, 2015, the inaugural installation will be the largest display to date of the Whitney’s permanent collection. At just a bit under seven years since the first designs of the building were released, the incubation period has been long enough on its own – but in fact the project has its roots in a scrapped 1981 design by Michael Graves, when the Whitney was instead planning an extension to their previous home on Madison Avenue. With such a highly anticipated building, the Whitney could hardly have a better man for the job; many believe Piano is one of the most prodigious museum builders of our time.
“The Whitney has been steadily building a remarkable world-class collection of American art since our founding by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in 1930, much of which has remained largely unseen,” said Adam D. Weinberg, the Whitney’s Alice Pratt Brown Director. “This transformative moment—the opening of our beautiful new home downtown—calls for a fresh look at ourselves and is the perfect occasion for us to celebrate our collection, the essence of who we are.”