Circle, Fellow, Sponsor, and Contemporaries Patron members
Associate curator Jane Panetta explores the dynamic interaction between works of art and the architecture of the new Whitney. In this talk, she will address key works that respond to their surroundings, indoor and outdoor gallery installations presented against the backdrop of the city, and a site-specific commission presented alongside the inaugural exhibition America Is Hard to See. The Whitney’s long-standing commitment to artists, and a keen interest in the historic Meatpacking district neighborhood, guided the museum’s curators in their work with architect Renzo Piano to design the new building’s galleries.
Modern and contemporary artists often engage various modes of production, and break down boundaries that traditionally separate media. The flexibility of the new building reflects this reality, enabling curators to reconsider how to present works and to collaborate inventively with artists—ultimately allowing visitors to engage with art in a unique way. These same concerns and values guided the team of curators as they organized and installed America Is Hard to See. The inaugural exhibition was an unprecedented opportunity to utilize the Museum’s new spaces and to showcase the collection, which was often achieved by thoughtfully highlighting how works of art are influenced by, interact with, and transform their surroundings.
Option 1: 5:30–6:30 pm
Option 2: 7–8 pm
Open to Circle, Fellow, Sponsor, and Contemporaries Patron members. Become a member, email firstname.lastname@example.org or upgrade your membership by calling (212) 570-3641. After the lecture, members will be able to enjoy private access to the inaugural exhibition and a casual reception during the Last Chance Viewing for America Is Hard to See.