The Whitney Heads Downtown

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Earlier this week, the Whitney Museum of American Art's board decided unanimously that it wanted to move forward with its plans to break ground on a new building in Lower Manhattan's Meatpacking District. Italian architect Renzo Piano will design the new building, and his construction team will begin to build it next year at Washington and Gansevoort Street at the entrance to the High Line elevated park.

The Whitney's new building will feature more than 50,000 square feet of indoor galleries and 13,000 square feet of rooftop exhibition space. It will also include classrooms, a research library, art conservation labs and a multi-use indoor/outdoor space for film, video and performance art. The Whitney is also considering a partnership with The Metropolitan Museum of Art regarding the potential use of the Whitney’s uptown building on Madison Avenue.

In this week's Arts File on WQXR, Carol Vogel, who covers the arts scene for The New York Times, talks to WNYC's Kerry Nolan about why the Whitney finally decided to open a second location, and how the Whitney plans to bring art lovers downtown.

Scroll below to check out a map of where the Whitney plans to build its new location.


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Or click below to see a slideshow of some of the buildings Italian architect Renzo Piano has designed. Piano will design the Whitney's downtown location.

Italian Architect Renzo Piano, speaking in Bologna, Italy in 2009.
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Italian Architect Renzo Piano, speaking in Bologna, Italy in 2009.
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Renzo Piano's The New York Times building on 8th Avenue in Manhattan.
Renzo Piano designed the Porto Antico in Genoa, Italy.
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Renzo Piano designed the Porto Antico in Genoa, Italy.
Renzo Piano's Peek & Cloppenburg department store in Köln, Germany.
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Renzo Piano's Peek & Cloppenburg department store in Köln, Germany.
The Paul Klee Museum in Bern, Switzerland, designed by Renzo Piano
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The Paul Klee Museum in Bern, Switzerland, designed by Renzo Piano
The Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris, France, designed by Renzo Piano
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The Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris, France, designed by Renzo Piano
The Whitney's new building will be built at the entrance to the High Line elevated park.
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The Whitney's new building will be built at the entrance to the High Line elevated park.

Guests:

Carol Vogel

Produced by:

Abbie Fentress Swanson
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