Monday, August 18, 2014

Whitney Museum to Extend Hours for Jeff Koons Exhibit


WHITNEY MUSEUM TO OPEN ON
MONDAYS BEGINNING LABOR DAY;
FRIDAY HOURS EXTENDED

NEW YORK, August 18, 2014—In response to the popularity of Jeff Koons: A Retrospective, the Whitney Museum of American Art will expand its operations to six days per week by opening on Mondays from 11 am–6 pm starting on September 1, 2014 (Labor Day). The Museum has already extended its Friday hours, opening at 11 am, two hours earlier than usual. The new schedule will continue for the duration of the exhibition, which will close on October 19.

“Lucid, challenging, brilliantly installed,” according to The New York Times, Jeff Koons: A Retrospective is the most comprehensive exhibition ever devoted to the artist’s groundbreaking work. By reconstituting all of his most iconic pieces and significant series in a chronological narrative, the retrospective allows visitors to understand Koons’s remarkably diverse output as a multifaceted whole. This also marks the artist’s first major museum presentation in New York, and the first time nearly the entirety of the Whitney’s Marcel Breuer building has been filled with a single artist’s work. It will also be the final exhibition to take place there before the Museum opens its new building in the Meatpacking District in spring 2015.

Additionally, three exhibitions featuring the Museum’s permanent collection are currently on view in the fifth floor and fifth-floor mezzanine galleries: Shaping A Collection: Five Decades of Gifts honors benefactors who were instrumental in expanding the Whitney’s collection and includes works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Agnes Martin, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol; Edward Hopper and Photography pairs Hopper paintings from the Whitney’s collection with works by six contemporary photographers—Gregory Crewdson, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, William Eggleston, Steve Fitch, Todd Hido, and Stephen Shore; and Collecting Calder presents a selection of Alexander Calder sculptures and drawings.

ABOUT THE WHITNEY

Founded in 1930, the Whitney Museum of American Art is the world’s leading museum of twentieth-century and contemporary art of the United States. In addition to its landmark exhibitions, including the Whitney Biennial, the Museum is known internationally for events and educational programs of exceptional significance and as a center for research, scholarship, and conservation. While its vibrant roster of exhibitions and events continues uptown in the Museum’s current home at 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street, the Whitney is in the process of constructing a new building, designed by Renzo Piano, in downtown Manhattan. Ground was broken in May 2011, and the Whitney’s new home is projected to open to the public in spring 2015.

Museum hours (effective September 1) are: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm, Friday from 11 am to 9 pm, closed Tuesday. General admission: $20. Full-time students and visitors ages 19–25 and 65 & over: $16. Visitors 18 & under and Whitney members: FREE. Admission is pay-what-you-wish on Fridays, 6–9 pm. For general information, please call (212) 570-3600 or visit whitney.org.

You can check out my visit of the exhibit HERE and I am glad to see the extended hours as there was quite a line when I was there on a Wednesday afternoon! This is really a fabulous exhibit not to be missed!! 





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