Then and Now: The Whitney Museum Compares NYC Artworks from its First Biennial to Today

 

 

 

Image credit: Left: George C. Ault, Hudson Street, 1932. Oil on linen, 24 3/16 × 20in. (61.4 × 50.8 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase 33.40. © Estate of George C. Ault. Right: Photo by Max Touhey Photography

Much has changed in New York City in the nearly 100 years since the Whitney Museum of American Art launched its landmark exhibition, while some things have remained the same.

The inaugural Whitney Biennial—a survey of contemporary American art—opened on November 22, 1932, and featured several works that highlighted life in New York City, including Edward Hopper’s now iconic painting Room in New York and works by artists Joseph Stella, Florine Stettheimer, and George C. Ault, among others.

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