New York City has one of the largest and most impressive museum scenes in the world. These museums encompass a variety of subjects, but the collection of art museums here is particularly impressive. The Whitney Museum of Art is somewhat lesser known than giants like MoMA, but it’s one of our favorites in the city. This museum mainly focuses on 20th and 21st century American art in a variety of media formats, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, films, videos, and new media artifacts from more than 3,000 different artists. Some current exhibitions our New York City personal injury lawyers enjoyed include:
Grant Wood: American Gothic and Other Fables
American Gothic is one of the most recognizable paintings in the history of American art. The iconic portrait of a farmer holding a pitchfork with a woman assumed to be his wife has become an American icon, imitated and parodied in pop culture for decades. However, Grant Wood’s career encompasses much more than this seminal painting. In Grant Wood: American Gothic and Other Fables, the full spectrum of Wood’s art is on display here. You can view an extensive collection including decorative objects, Impressionist oil paintings, murals, book illustrations, and his later mature paintings.
Zoe Leonard: Survey
Zoe Leonard is a New York-based photographer and sculpturist and one of the most revered artists of her generation. In Survey, her work is displayed in a large-scale exhibition in an American museum for the first time. Her works feature observations of daily life along with questions about politics and conditions of making and displaying images. Common themes include the history of photography, gender and sexuality, loss and mourning, migration, displacement, and the urban landscape.
Between The Waters
Between the Water gathers work from various artists from across the United States, with a common theme of discussing how technology, industry, and architecture affects the natural environment. Mediums include painting, video, and sculpture and the artists featured in this exhibit include:
- Carolina Caycedo
- Demian DineYazhi with Ginger Dunnill
- Torkwase Dyson
- Cy Gavin
- Lena Henke
- Erin Jane Nelson
These pieces aren’t preachy – instead, they use an emotional and spiritual perspective to help us understand humanity’s place in the natural world. Subjects include New York City’s industrial transformation, institutionalized colonialism amongst indigenous groups, southern handcrafts, 16th-century architecture, history painting, and abstract art.
An Incomplete History of Protest: Selections From The Whitney’s Collection, 1940-2017
In this exhibition, protest themes in art are explored throughout the decades, from the 1940s until the present day. How have artists throughout the decades explored the political and social issues of their generation through their artwork? Throughout the past 80 years, artists have sought change and answers to problems like AIDS, the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement, and more through various forms of artwork. The central theme is that artists have played a vital role in transforming their generations and shaping the future of their country.
Juan Antonio Olivares: Moléculas
Moléculas is a video project by Juan Antonio Olivares, presented alongside a collection of related drawings by the artist. The video tells an autobiographical story which discusses themes like family, loss, separation, and current political issues. Additionally, it explores how memories persist and affect us throughout our lives. The video uses 3D animation and is part of the Whitney Museum’s permanent collection.