The Whitney’s collection includes over 21,000 works by more than 3,000 American artists during the 20th- and 21st-centuries.
The Museum's founder, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, supported living American artists of her time, particularly younger or emerging ones, and this focus on the contemporary has guided the Museum’s collecting since.
The collection begins with Ashcan School painting and follows the major movements of the 20th-century in America, with strengths in Modernism and Social Realism, Precisionism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Postminimalism, identity- and political-art of the 1980s and 1990s, and contemporary work. Among many others, holdings include work by Peggy Bacon, George Bellows, Stuart Davis, Charles Demuth, Mabel Dwight, Edward Hopper, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, and John Sloan as well as Alexander Calder, Jasper Johns, Agnes Martin, Georgia O’Keeffe, Claes Oldenburg, Ed Ruscha and Cindy Sherman.
The Museum’s signature exhibition is its biennial.
Please check the museum website for updated exhibition information. Scheduling may have been modified as a result of the temporary museum closure.
More than 75 drawings, paintings, and prints made from 1996 to the present
Nearly 500 artworks, at two museums, provide a retrospective of Johns’s seven-decade career
Direct and poetic, immediate and symbolic photographs portray African-American history
80+ works by 60+ artists explore craft over the past seven decades
Video installation explores the emergence of silent crickets in Kauai, Hawaii
Public art installation shows editorial and cinematic montages, through photography and videos