Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Adam D. Weinberg, the director of the Whitney Museum of American Art, presided over a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday for the museum’s new building on Gansevoort Street at the southern entrance of the High Line in Manhattan. The architect of the project, Renzo Piano, was also on hand, as were a number of city officials, members of the Whitney board of trustees and performers from the STREB Extreme Action Company.
“Today, we begin to create the Whitney of the future, an aspirational space where contemporary artists can realize their visions and audiences can connect deeply with art,” Mr. Weinberg said in a statement. The building is scheduled to open in 2015, and will be a decidedly different type of structure than the Whitney’s building at 75th and Madison, where Jacqueline Kennedy attended the ribbon-cutting in 1966, and a far cry from its first space, in 1931, in back of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney’s studio in some row houses at 10-14 West Eighth Street in Greenwich Village.
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