America Is Hard to See

When 1 May 2015 - 27 Sep 2015
Where Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street
New York, NY 10014
United States
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When the Whitney Museum of American Art opens its new Renzo Piano-designed home in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District on May 1, 2015, the first exhibition on view will be an unprecedented selection of works from the Museum’s renowned permanent collection. Setting forth a distinctly new narrative, America Is Hard to See presents fresh perspectives on the Whitney’s collection and reflects upon art in the United States with over 600 works by some 400 artists, spanning the period from about 1900 to the present. The exhibition—its title is taken from a poem by Robert Frost and also used by the filmmaker Emile de Antonio for one of his political documentaries—is the most ambitious display to date of the Whitney’s collection.

Delving deep into the Whitney’s holdings, America Is Hard to See examines the themes, ideas, beliefs, visions, and passions that have preoccupied and galvanized American artists over the past one hundred and fifteen years. Reflecting the way artists think and work, all mediums are presented together without hierarchy. Numerous pieces that have rarely, if ever, been shown before will appear alongside familiar icons, in a conscious effort to challenge assumptions about the American art canon.

The majority of the exhibition will be on view through September 27, 2015, but some floors will close on a staggered schedule before and after that date.

America Is Hard to See is organized by a team of Whitney curators, led by Donna De Salvo, Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Programs, including Carter E. Foster, Steven and Ann Ames Curator of Drawing; Dana Miller, Curator of the Permanent Collection; and Scott Rothkopf, Nancy and Steve Crown Family Curator and Associate Director of Programs; with Jane Panetta, Assistant Curator; Catherine Taft, Assistant Curator; and Mia Curran, Curatorial Assistant.


Inaugural Exhibition Artists

Berenice Abbott, Michele Abeles, Vito Acconci, Ansel Adams, Robert Adams, Carl Andre, Kenneth Anger, Eleanor Antin, Diane Arbus, Cory Arcangel, David Armstrong, Richard Artschwager, Ruth Asawa, Asco, Charles Atlas, Lutz Bacher, Peggy Bacon, Jo Baer, Alex Bag, Malcolm Bailey, Lamar Baker, John Baldessari, Alvin Baltrop, Lewis Baltz, Matthew Barney, Richmond Barthé, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Romare Bearden, Cecil Beaton, Robert Beavers, Robert Bechtle, Ericka Beckman, Larry Bell, George Bellows, Lynda Benglis, Thomas Hart, Benton, Wallace Berman, Bernadette Corporation, Judith Bernstein, Huma Bhabha, David Bienstock, Henry Billings, Ilse Bing, Dara Birnbaum, Nayland Blake, Oscar Bluemner, Peter Blume, Lee Bontecou, Jonathan Borofsky, Louise Bourgeois,Margaret Bourke-White, Carol Bove,Mark Bradford, Stan Brakhage, Robert Breer, Patrick Henry Bruce, Bernarda Bryson Shahn, Charles Burchfield, Jacob Burck, Chris Burden, Scott Burton, Mary Ellen Bute, Paul Cadmus, John Cage, Alexander Calder, Cameron, Luis Camnitzer, Peter Campus, James Castle, Elizabeth Catlett, Maurizio Cattelan, Vija Celmins, John Chamberlain, Paul Chan, Sarah Charlesworth, Ayoka Chenzira, Chryssa, Larry Clark, Chuck Close, Sue Coe, Anne Collier, Bruce Conner, Joseph Cornell, Eldzier Cortor, Miguel Covarrubias, John Covert, Ralston Crawford, E.E. Cummings, Imogen Cunningham, John Currin, John Steuart Curry, Allan D’Arcangelo, James Daugherty, Emma Lu Davis, Stuart Davis, Willem de Kooning, Walter De Maria, Roy DeCarava, Jay DeFeo, Charles Demuth, Maya Deren, Mark di Suvero, Jim Dine, Arthur Dove, Thomas Downing, Elsie Driggs, Guy Pène Du Bois, Carroll Dunham, Sam Durant, Jimmie Durham, Mabel Dwight, William Eggleston, Nicole Eisenman, Wharton Esherick, Walker Evans, Kevin Jerome Everson, Loretta Fahrenholz, Andreas Feininger, Lyonel Feininger, Duncan Ferguson, Rafael Ferrer, Paul Fiene, Morgan Fisher, John B. Flannagan, Hollis Frampton, Robert Frank, Andrea Fraser, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Hermine Freed, Jared French, Lee Friedlander, Brian Frye, Charles Gaines, Anna Gaskell, GCC, Gerald K. Geerlings, Hugo Gellert, Sandra Gibson, Luis Gispert, William Glackens, Milton Glaser, Robert Gober, Nan Goldin, Wayne Gonzales, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Boris Gorelick, Arshile Gorky, Dan Graham, William Gropper, Nancy Grossman, George Grosz, Louis Guglielmi, Philip Guston, Walter Gutman, Wade Guyton, Hans Haacke, Peter Halley, David Hammons, Keith Haring, Rachel Harrison, Marsden Hartley, David Hartt, David Haxton, Sharon Hayes, Al Held, Robert Henri, Carmen Herrera, Eva Hesse, Lewis Hine, Nancy Holt, Jenny Holzer, Edward Hopper, Roni Horn, Earl Horter, Alex Hubbard, Peter Hujar, Richard Hunt, Victoria Hutson Huntley, Robert Indiana, Abraham Jacobs, Ulysses Jenkins, Neil Jenney, Candy Jernigan, Jess, Jasper Johns, Rashid Johnson, Ray Johnson, William H. Johnson, Joan Jonas, Joe Jones, Philip Mallory Jones, Michael Joo, Donald Judd, Alex Katz, On Kawara, Mike Kelley, Ellsworth Kelly, Sister Corita Kent, Karen Kilimnik, William Klein, Franz Kline, Josh Kline, Jeff Koons, Lee Krasner, Barbara Kruger, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Yayoi Kusama, Suzanne, Lacy, David Lamelas, Dorothea Lange, Liz Magic Laser, Robert Laurent, Louise Lawler, Jacob Lawrence, An-My Lê, William Leavitt, Zoe Leonard, Alfred Leslie, Howard Lester, Sherrie Levine, Herschel Levit, Helen Levitt, Norman Lewis, Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein, Glenn Ligon, Kalup Linzy, Alvin Loving, Lee Lozano, Louis, Lozowick, George Luks, Helen Lundeberg, Len Lye, Danny Lyon, Stanton Macdonald-Wright, Tala Madani, Man Ray, Sylvia Plimack Mangold, Robert Mapplethorpe, Christian Marclay, Brice Marden, Marisol, Kyra Markham, Reginald Marsh, Agnes Martin, Fletcher Martin, Gordon Matta-Clark, Cynthia Maughan, Keith Mayerson, Paul McCarthy, John McCracken, Adam McEwen, John McLaughlin, Josephine Meckseper, Jonas Mekas, Ana Mendieta, Sam Middleton, Aleksandra Mir, Joan Mitchell, Toyo Miyatake, Lisette Model, Donald Moffett, Abelardo Morell, Robert Morris, Mark Morrisroe, Gerald Murphy, Elizabeth Murray, Julie Murray, Reuben Nakian, Bruce Nauman, Alice Neel, Louise Nevelson, Barnett Newman, Isamu Noguchi, David Novros, Jim Nutt, Chiura Obata, Georgia O’Keeffe, Claes Oldenburg, Catherine Opie, Jose Clemente Orozco, Raphael, Montañez Ortiz, Alfonso Ossorio, Tony Oursler, Bill Owens, Akosua Adoma Owusu, Nam June Paik, Gordon Parks, Agnes Pelton, I. Rice Pereira, Raymond Pettibon, Elizabeth Peyton, Paul Pfeiffer, Howardena Pindell, Adrian Piper, Horace Pippin, Lari Pittman, Jackson Pollock, Liliana Porter, Richard Pousette-Dart, Richard Prince, Nancy Elizabeth Prophet, Noah Purifoy, R. H. Quaytman, Walid Raad, Yvonne Rainer, Christina Ramberg, Robert Rauschenberg, Charles Ray, Luis Recoder, Jeffrey Reed, Robert Reed, Earl Reiback, Ad Reinhardt, Hans Richter, Faith Ringgold, Dorothea Rockburne, James Rosenquist, Martha Rosler, Theodore Roszak, Susan Rothenberg, Mark Rothko, Edward Ruscha, Morgan Russell, Betye Saar, David Salle, Lucas Samaras, Jacolby Satterwhite, Peter Saul, Matt Saunders, Morton Schamberg, Carolee Schneemann, Dana Schutz, Dread Scott, George Segal, Richard Serra, Ben Shahn, Joel Shapiro, Paul Sharits, Charles Sheeler, Cindy Sherman, Roger Shimomura, Everett Shinn, Amy Sillman, Laurie Simmons, Taryn Simon, Lorna Simpson, John Sloan, David Smith, Jack Smith, Kiki Smith, Tony Smith, Robert Smithson, Keith Sonnier, Edward Steichen, Ralph Steiner, Frank Stella, Joseph Stella, Harry Sternberg, Hedda Sterne, Florine Stettheimer, May Stevens, Alfred Stieglitz, John Storrs, Michelle Stuart, Sturtevant, Wayne Thiebaud, Alma Thomas, Rirkrit Tiravanija, George Tooker, Bill Traylor, Ryan Trecartin, Anne Truitt, Wu Tsang, Richard Tuttle, Cy Twombly, Stan VanDerBeek, Kara Walker, Kelley Walker, Carl Walters, Andy Warhol, Max Weber, Weegee, William Wegman, Lawrence Weiner, Tom Wesselmann, H.C. Westermann, Charles White, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, Jack Whitten, Hannah Wilke, Christopher Williams, Sue Williams, Fred Wilson, Garry Winogrand, William Winter, Karl Wirsum, David Wojnarowicz, Jordan Wolfson, Martin Wong, Grant Wood, Francesca Woodman, Hale, Aspacio Woodruff, Christopher Wool, Andrew Wyeth, William Zorach

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