Month: September 2015

America Is Hard to See at Renzo Piano’s Downtown Whitney

So much has been said already about the new Whitney Museum of American Art, most of it in praise of Renzo Piano’s architectural design, gloriously refreshing and Instagrammable with its massive white walls and illuminating natural light. And time and time again people remark on the seamless gestalt of the works, conceived or created, presumably, by Donna De Salvo and Adam Weinberg, chief curator and director, respectively, as they designed the building’s inaugural exhibition, America is Hard to See (by the way, with regards to the show’s name, am I the only one who thinks they’re stating the obvious? Is it supposed to be ironic or satirical?). What all this really tells us is that, as you move from floor to floor, the show doesn’t flow as awkwardly as it could given the disparity of the works. They did okay– perhaps even well, some would add– for a very ambitious chronological presentation of the evolution of 20th and 21st century American art. (more…)