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NYC: Before Its Opening, the Whitney Museum Faces a Protest | Melena Ryzik | NYTimes.com

NYC: Before Its Opening, the Whitney Museum Faces a Protest | Melena Ryzik | NYTimes.com | Gallery Strat: The Big Chat | Scoop.it

The Whitney Museum of American Art has yet to open its doors in a new location in the meatpacking district, but on Tuesday night it unwittingly played host to its first radical art exhibition.

At 11 p.m., activists from groups including Occupy Museums and Occupy the Pipeline gathered on the street in front of the museum for a performance art-style demonstration about a natural gas pipeline that is adjacent to the $422 million building and its vast art collection. A corner of the Whitney’s building became a canvas for their slogans, projected in light over the glassed-in lobby: “Warning! High Pressure Gas Line,” one read. “Pipeline,” said another, with an arrow pointing down. “Inaugural Ceremony,” flashed the introductory sign. “Fracked Gas Line Museum.”

The pipeline, installed and operated by the Houston company Spectra Energy, stretches through New Jersey, under the Hudson River and across the West Side Highway, terminating in a vault beneath the Whitney’s cantilevered, Renzo Piano-designed architecture. The pipeline began operating in 2013. The museum is set to open to the public on May 1.

“I’m sure that most of the people that will attend the receptions for the opening of the Whitney have no clue that the pipeline is there,” said Clare Donohue, program director at Sane Energy Project, a grass-roots group that has been fighting the Spectra project. The event on Tuesday, she added, was to draw attention to the pipeline and to the fact that, should anything go wrong, “the artwork is at risk.”

Organizers of the demonstration posted an open letter to the Whitney at Whitneypipeline.org, asking, in part, why the museum came to be situated above “fossil fuel infrastructure,” and whether there would be any exhibitions dealing with the environment, energy and corporate financing as a result. “Today we are asking: How can a museum that literally covers up the dirty fossil fuel industry be a beacon for the future of art and culture?” the letter read.

Protest organizers said they hoped that museum representatives would take part in a public assembly in the neighborhood this summer to address these issues.

 

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Whitney Opens to Acclaim, Director Worries that Contemporary Art Is Becoming 'simply about entertainment'

Whitney Opens to Acclaim, Director Worries that Contemporary Art Is Becoming 'simply about entertainment' | Gallery Strat: The Big Chat | Scoop.it
The Whitney museum is more accustomed to getting attention—often in the form of brickbats hurled—for its biennial exhibition that takes the temperature of the art world. But the unqualified success...

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New Whitney Museum Signifies a Changing New York Art Scene

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The Whitney accommodates art and people with equal finesse, emerging bigger and better from the process of building a new home.

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In Pictures: The World's Greatest Art Heists

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The theft of masterpieces from a Swiss museum is just the latest in a long line of spectacular robberies.
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FBI Says It’s Hot on Trail of Thieves from Largest Art Heist Ever

FBI Says It’s Hot on Trail of Thieves from Largest Art Heist Ever | Gallery Strat: The Big Chat | Scoop.it
The FBI reportedly believes that it knows where stolen art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston initially went and who is responsible for history’s biggest heist.
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▶ [fragmento] "Breathing In / Breathing Out (Death Itself)" - Marina Abramovic & Ulay - YouTube

"Ulay and Abramovic introduce the video of 'Breathing in, Breathing out' (April 1977, Belgrade) as follows: 'We are kneeling face to face, pressing our mouth...
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Marina Abramovic, the sorceress who creates art out of thin air

Marina Abramovic, the sorceress who creates art out of thin air | Gallery Strat: The Big Chat | Scoop.it
CNN meets Serbian-born New-York based performance artist Marina Abramovic, as she embarks on the most controversial show of her career in London.
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This Artist Reproduced van Gogh's Ear…and It's Alive! - Daily Beast

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A Jeff Koons Sculpture Is Coming to 30 Rock

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The 150-ton “Split-Rocker,” by Jeff Koons, is going to sit at 30 Rockefeller Plaza from June 27 through Sept. 12.
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Kinetic sculpture at the BMW Museum (audio swap)

Watch in high quality! An amazing display of 714 metal balls on strings. It really gets creative after 1 minute. So please be patient. This display was creat...
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A Video Tour of the New Whitney Museum with Curator Dana Miller

A Video Tour of the New Whitney Museum with Curator Dana Miller | Gallery Strat: The Big Chat | Scoop.it
The curator of the Whitney’s permanent collections takes us on a video tour of the museum’s new home.

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Bloomingdales honours the Whitney Museum's change of address with special designs

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Bloomingdales is honouring the Whitney Museum of American Art with first ever culturally inspired special edition store bags, to mark the museums monumental change of address...

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Stealing beauty: the greatest art heists in history

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Delve into the stories behind the most audacious art thefts of the past century
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The Biggest Unsolved Art Heist—and the Detective Who Came Close to Cracking It

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Twenty-four years after it happened, the Gardner heist still haunts the international art world. Former FBI sleuth Bob Wittman believes he knows where the missing paintings are.
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▶ Marina Abramović e Ulay - MoMA 2010 - YouTube

Nella retrospettiva al MoMA a lei dedicata, documentata nel film "The Artist is Present" di Matthew Akers e Jeff Dupree, l'Abramović è restata per tre mesi, ...
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Marina Abramović Is Making People Cry Again

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Famous performance artist and tear-jerker Marina Abramović's new show opened this week, and by one account, she's still making people cry.
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Marina Abromovic: The Artist Is Present

Alla Berlinale 2012 ha vinto il “Miglior Documentario – Premio del Pubblico” il regista Matthew Akers con il suo “Marina Abramović: the Artist is present”


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A Look At Artist Chakaia Booker's Garment District Art Installation - CBS Local

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CBS Local A Look At Artist Chakaia Booker's Garment District Art Installation CBS Local McLogan got a sneak peek of the colossal sculptures that will be unveiled Thursday by iconic New York-based artist Chakaia Booker, whose original works are...
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An Artist's Priorities Are Shaken From the Abstract to the Concrete - New York Times

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An Artist's Priorities Are Shaken From the Abstract to the Concrete New York Times A few weeks later, that work would go on display at one of South Florida's most renowned museums, adding to the acclaim of an artist whose works sell for thousands...
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