A Day at The Whitney

Seven blocks north of the Frank Loyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum, and along west of the Hudson River lies the Whitney Museum.  It was founded in 1931 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Vanderbilt Whitney. The museums art focuses on the 20th and 21st century. There is a collection of more then 21,000 pieces of arts, a combination of painting, sculptures, drawings, prints, photography, films, videos, and artifacts of new media as well. The Whitney showcases over 3,000 artists and places; a particular emphasis on exhibiting the work of living artists for its collection, while also maintaining an extensive permanent collection containing many important pieces from the first half of the last century.

One of the artists who caught my attention during my visit to the exhibitions was Richard Avedon. Richard’s art piece titled, “Who has a better right to oppose the war” is a powerful anti war poster of a Vietnam war veteran. The poster was created in 1969 and the medium used was offset lithograph. The color pallet used within the poster are of high hue saturation of red, blue, and white. The colors used give an emotional, patriotic  touch.

Besides Rich Avedon’s artwork, the Whitney Museum has a beautiful view from the rooftop to enjoy the sunset. With plenty to see of the six floors of exhibitions to explore and be inspired by. The Whitney Museum is definitely a great way to spend the weekend.