The Whitney Museum of American Art is one of my favorite art museums in Manhattan. It's located at Madison Avenue and 75th street on the Upper East Side. It's just a short walk from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim on 5th Avenue.
The reason I like the Whitney so much is that it's home to Edward Hopper, my favorite American painter. It is also home to my favorite painting by Hopper, "Early Sunday Morning." I will often make a special trip to the Whitney just to see this painting.
In 2010 and 2011 the Whitney held a huge retrospective of Hopper's work. There were nearly 200 of Hopper's works from across the entire span of his career.
On the third floor there is an ongoing and impressive display of works by Hopper and other American artists. Artists include: Thomas Hart Benton (teacher of Jackson Pollock), Georgia O'Keeffe, just to name a few.
I also like the Whitney because of its dedication to the modern painters, and more contemporary artists, as well as the traditional and classic American artists.
In keeping with the tradition of other art museums, the Whitney Museum of American Art participates in Free Friday Nights. Every Friday night you can pay what you wish. Free Friday Night starts at the Whitney at 6 pm and continues to 8 pm. Lines can be somewhat long, especially in the summer, when the tourist season is at its peak. So arrive earlier than 6pm to get a good place in line and fast entrance once they do open the doors.
After visiting the Whitney on Friday evenings, you can take a short walk through Central Park and see other free goodies. There is usually free music, free plays, and other quality art events in the park on Friday evenings. Some of the free events are on Saturdays as well.
So I give thumbs-up to an evening out at the Whitney--especially on Friday evenings. If you haven't been to the Whitney lately, why not stop in soon. If you see me there, I would love it if you said hello.
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