(above: The Hudson River with New Jersey buildings–from the South side, 5th floor, of the Whitney. Photo taken around 7:00 pm., which is why buildings are in shadow.)
The Whitney is open till 10 pm Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays this summer.
Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street,
New York, NY 10014
Last night I attended a delightful lecture at the Whitney entitled Writing Art History: The Whitney’s Collection and Exhibitions, 1970 – Present . The lecture broadened my art history knowledge, considerably, of what was going on in art in the 1970’s and 80’s, which I had no idea of–really Not only that, but I had no idea that I had no idea of what was going on
Performance art became a big thing during these two decades, which is something I never really took to, probably because I didn’t understand it. Performance artists usually document their work with photographs, which many are on display at the Whitney. The lecture lasted about a 1/2 hour, then we went to the fifth floor to look at examples of work on display that had been talked about in the lecture. All by artists with whom I had been totally unfamiliar until last night. These lectures are free to members of the museum. It’s certainly worth the price of joining just for them.
These performance artists express some kind of social agenda, like Aids, or women issues. The women’s movement became big in the 70’s after the Vietnam war ended, and women performance artists dug their nails into it. Performance art is a much more in-your-face” type of thing than looking at a painting. However, when I think of the 80’s in art, the first people who come to my mind are Basquant and Warhol. I don’t think any performance artist would come to any one’s mind.
|—||Mary Heilmann, whose site-specific installation, Sunset, inaugurates the Museum’s largest outdoor gallery|
The 5th floor of the museum has two wonderful wall-to-wall windows on each side. One faces south and the Hudson River, and the other East. The windows have long couches in front of them for people to sit and contemplate and take photos if they want, which is what I wanted.
Most of these photos I took last night 8/13/15.