The Brutalist building designed by Marcel Breuer on the southeast corner of Madison Avenue and 75th Street is, along with Frank Lloyd Wright’s inverted building on Fifth Avenue for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, one of the city’s iconic postwar landmarks of modern architecture. Borne of a vision to recognize living American artists, the Whitney Museum exhibits a wide range of work by major artists of the twentieth-century and today, as well as relatively young and unknown up-and-comers. The Museum’s invitational signature exhibition, the Biennial, stands as the nation’s only continuous series of exhibitions to spotlight developments in American art made within the preceding two years. The rich permanent collection, started from Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney’s personal holdings, features 18,000 pieces by artists such as Jackson Pollock, Georgia O’Keefe, Andy Warhol, and Charles Sheeler. Spread out over seven floors, the vastness of significant work can be overwhelming. Don’t fret – stay on track and organized with the self-guided audio tour.
It supports some of the most provocative and interesting new artists of our generation as well as provides several programs to encourage their talent.