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Whitney Museum at Altria

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120 Park Avenue (at At 42nd Street)
New York, NY 10017
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(917) 663-2453
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The largest tobacco company in the world has a long history of generously supporting the arts so this cramped exhibition space came as an unexpected shock to me. At first, when I ...

Money Can't Buy Everything 6/12/2002

The largest tobacco company in the world has a long history of generously supporting the arts so this cramped exhibition space came as an unexpected shock to me. At first, when I entered the building, I found the high-ceilinged, glass enclosed plaza impressive--if empty. Where's the art, I wondered, nevermind the other gallery-goers. Then I saw, tucked to the side, a small, cramped windowless space that's smaller than most folk's first New York apartment. Making matters even more disheartening, the work being displayed was of the soul-less, idea-starved and blandly conceptual sort. Even located as it is directly across from Grand Central Station, the Whitney Museum at Philip Morris isn't worth breaking your stride. Continue on your way. more
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  • The Vibe
    This museum is a little sibling to the main Whitney, and is funded entirely by the tobacco giant that hosts it. The building, right across from Grand Central, consists of several small galleries and a 5,200 square-foot glass-enclosed sculpture court: the ideal place for commuters and corporate types to get a lunchtime culture fix. Often, the atrium is a showcase for dramatic large-scale installations.

    The Goods
    The gallery holds four exhibits each year, emphasizing solo contemporary artists, in addition to one or two projects in the Sculpture Court; Shirin Neshat, Christian Marclay and E.V. Day have all shown here. The museum also produces "Performances on 42nd," an ongoing free series of music, dance, theater and performance art. While the main Whitney Museum is not to be missed, this more intimate space makes for rewarding extra-credit.

  • 8/13/2003 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Hours:

    Gallery: Monday-Friday 11 am-6 pm Thursday 11 am-7:30 pm Sculpture Court: Monday-Saturday 7:30 am-9:30 pm Sunday and holidays 11 am-7 pm
  • Neighborhoods:

    Midtown East (Turtle Bay), Midtown East, Midtown

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