Move Everything or Open a New Branch? Battle Lines Drawn at the Whitney

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Staying in New York and the art world there, we turn to the Whitney Museum, which is currently in a state of turmoil. It’s been well known that the museum has long sought a bigger space than their iconic building on the Upper East Side, and as the NY Times reports, following the millions upon millions donated to them by Leonard A. Laudner, with the stipulation that they not sell their current digs, the Whitney seemed stuck. But after years of commissioning plans and talking to various starchitects, now the board has decided enough is enough and they’re going to move forward, whether that means adding a second location downtown (right next to the High Line Park) or fight those, like Laudner, who want them to stay put. We’re guessing its apt to shape up into a long battle, so we’re looking forward to a summer filled with some good old fashion, cultural elite, blue blood warfare. Here’s some info on the currently-proposed new site:

The institution has quietly been gathering financial support for the $680 million project, which would involve a new 185,000-square-foot building on a city-owned site at Washington and Gansevoort Streets in the meatpacking district. Whitney officials say they have promises and signed pledges totaling $371 million and expect to have $105 million more from the sale of adjacent brownstones and its annex building uptown.