Last night I had the privilege, along with a select few, to attend a private showing hosted by Barneys and Vogue at the Whitney Museum in Chelsea.
The Whitney is normally closed on Tuesdays, but they graciously opened their doors for the intimate event. We were taken through the exhibits by a guide who was knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the artwork.
The pieces on display were perfectly placed so art enthusiasts could soak in all of the rich history enmeshed in every piece. Whitney staff managed to give the space an intimate feel; I felt like I was in a SoHo art gallery!
The current exhibit, ‘America Is Hard To See‘ showcases over 600 pieces of art.
The inspiration for the exhibit comes from a Robert Frost poem, and a political documentary by Emile de Antonio.
With the opening of the gallery, curators wanted to depict American history and the ever evolving state of America. From Slavery to pop culture, America has been redefined over and over again. Our guide began the tour by taking us back to Christopher Columbus, who as we all know was originally seeking India, not America, yet found more than he ever imagined!
A huge highlight for me was seeing Edward Hopper’s works. “Early Sunday Morning” portrays a portion of Seventh Avenue, with the sun rising in the West. I probably would’ve overlooked that if not for our brilliant guide. Several more of his vibrant paintings caught my eye and now, I’m currently online reading up on them and him.
I won’t give away too much about the exhibits, but the way the American history portrayed was innovative! The progression of our country’s history has actually quickly modified compared to many countries. Over the course of 100 years we have completely changed our tolerance of race, sexual orientation, and gender inequalities. We may not be a perfect country but we are headed in the right direction! Xo-Sas