America Is Hard to See
In the June 25 issue of the New York Review, Ingrid D. Rowland writes:
Renzo Piano’s new home for the Whitney Museum of American Art is a colossal achievement: four thousand tons of steel anchoring 28,000 tons of building, layered into eight floors of galleries and offices over a basement full of machines and crowned by an array of cooling towers.
For the museum’s inauguration, its contents have been arranged as an exhibition, called “America Is Hard to See,” that presents a cross-section of the Whitney collection from its beginnings in the Teens of the twentieth century right up to the present; the interiors of the elevators, decorated by Richard Artschwager (who died in 2013), rank among the museum’s most recent acquisitions, staving off claustrophobia by providing a fictive door and window, a hall of mirrors, and the interior of a basket (this last for the freight elevator).
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