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may 08 2008

Downtown NYC will gain new Whitney branch

Sketch of downtown Whitney building as seen from the south (Courtesy of Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Cooper, Robertson & Partners)

You might have a new museum to add to your list of must-sees: The Whitney Museum of American Art has announced plans to add a second location in downtown New York.

The building, located in the Meatpacking District, will offer six floors and about 50,000 square feet of gallery space. Award-winning Italian architect Renzo Piano, based in Paris, is the designer—the New York Times said "the museum’s monumental exterior forms are conceived as a barrier against the area’s increasingly amusement-park atmosphere," a departure from his other works, including the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas.

The new location will surely be a sight—the Whitney plans to raise $680 million for the project, with construction beginning in 2009 and a planned opening in 2012. The Whitney's collection consists of 20th and 21st century American art, including works by Jasper Johns, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Andy Warhol, to name a few.

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