Quick, catch Picasso at the Whitney


There’s less than a week left of the Picasso and American Art exhibit at the Whitney. I’m hoping to catch it this Saturday when my friend from Boston comes to town.

I’ve tried going earlier this season, but the line has always been around the block. With friend in tow, I’ll feel more motivated.

To be ultra organized, I decided to reserve tickets beforehand. My corporate ID gets me and a few guests in for free, and since I can’t seem to get a human on the phone, I thought I’d book the tickets in person tonight to avoid any confusion. No big deal since since the museum’s not far from where I live. But what did I find?

A closed museum. Duh.

As you all probably know, most New York museums are closed on Mondays. You’d think I’d get it by now.

Tonight it seemed closed only to the public. Inside was all swanked out with candlelight and red drapery for some chichi event. Imagine having a private party at the Whitney? That’d rock.

In November it was announced that the contemporary art institution would be moving from 75th Street to a much-needed expanded area in the Meatpacking District, which will be built over the next five years. I for one will sorely miss it. With its crazy biennial exhibits, great permanent collections like the Edward Hoppers on the top floor, and my favorite featured artist from last summer, Robert Smithsom of the Spiral Jetty, the Whitney is one of the few cool aspects about the Upper East Side. Too cool, it seems.

The Picasso and American Art exhibit runs through January 28. I’ll be the one bitching about the line.

[Image from from the Whitney Museum of American Art website.]

1 Comment so far

  1. Ramla A. (unregistered) on January 28th, 2007 @ 8:46 am


    You seem to be the NMB’s resident art reporter. So here is a request for you: could you please visit and review the James Cohan Gallery’s Cosmologies exhibition?

    I am sitting all the way here in Karachi, and would love to know more about this really interesting exhibition. (And I envy you being in New York, close to all the art galleries.)

    Contact details:
    533 West 26th Street New York NY 10001
    TEL 212 714 9500 FAX 212 714 9510
    HOURS Tuesday – Saturday, 10 – 6 PM


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