FAQ

Museum History

Permanent Collection and Exhibitions

Research

Miscellaneous 


Museum History

How do I find out more information about the Museum’s founder, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, and her family?
A brief history of the Museum can be found on this site.Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney: A Biography (1978), written by B.H. Friedman, Rebels on Eighth Street: Juliana Force and the Whitney Museum of American Art (1990), by Avis Berman, and The Whitney Women and the Museum They Made: A Family Memoir (1999), by Flora Miller Biddle, are important books that document her life and family. Gertrude’s personal papers are held by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, DC.

Where was the original Whitney Museum of American Art located?
The original Museum opened in 1931 at 10 West 8th Street, New York. In 1954, the Museum relocated to 22 West 54th Street. From 1966 until October 2014, the Whitney was located at 945 Madison Avenue in its Marcel Breuer–designed building. The new Whitney opened at 99 Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District on May 1, 2015.


Permanent Collection and Exhibitions

What kind of works will I find at the Whitney? 
The Whitney collects and exhibits American art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Our galleries feature a rotation of work from the permanent collection and  a changing series of exhibitions. 

How can I find out about the Whitney’s collection?
View the Collection pages. There are also numerous publications that picture and describe the collection, which are available for purchase at the Museum Shop.

Is there a list of collection works presently on view at the Museum?
A comprehensive list of works on view is available here. In addition, works displayed on the Collection pages are flagged if they are on view at the Museum.

How do I find out about a specific work in the Whitney’s collection?
All questions regarding the collection should be sent to research@whitney.org.

How can I view a work in the Whitney's collection that is not on view?
For works that are on paper, please contact the Sondra Gilman Study Center at studycenter@whitney.org. For all other requests, please contactartappointment@whitney.org.

How can an institution request a loan from the Whitney's collection?
See Guidelines for Requesting Loans for an overview on our loan policy.

Where can I find a copy of the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Collection Management Policy?
See the Collections Management Policy.

Where can I find out about past exhibitions?
Information on exhibitions since 2006 are included in the past exhibitionspages. For informaiton on exhibitions held at the Whitney prior to 2006, you may consult the Exhibition Records Finding Aid, which covers shows at the Museum from 1931–2000.

Where can I find out about touring exhibitions?
See the touring exhibitions page.

Where can I find information regarding rights to reproduce works in the Whitney’s collection?
Please view the Rights & Reproductions page.

How can I let the Whitney Museum's curatorial staff know about my artwork?
If you would like the curatorial staff to learn more about your work, please feel free to send written materials and reproductions only. We cannot accept original works of art. Due to the volume of correspondence we receive, we may not be able to respond directly to each and every submission and we cannot assume responsibility for or guarantee the return of any materials that are submitted.

Materials may be sent to: Curatorial Department, Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort Street, New York NY 10014.

Can I submit materials for consideration for the Biennial?
No, the Biennial is a curated exhibition, and thus there is no formal submission process.

How do I donate or see if the Museum is interested in purchasing works of art from my collection?
In order for the Museum to consider the work, please send a letter indicating your intention to offer the work as a gift or for sale, along with a reproduction of the piece, and detailed object information (artist, artist's dates, title, work date, process, dimensions, edition number, insurance value, and preferred donor credit information for the gift). We try to respond to every offer but due to the volume of correspondence we receive, it may not be possible to respond to each and every sale submission.

Please send your letter to the Curator of the Permanent Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort Street, New York NY 10014.


Research

How can I learn about an artist in the Whitney’s collection?
For general information about a contemporary artist, we recommend you begin research in your local public library, where you will find indexes to artists, current periodical publications, encyclopedias, and other general sources of art history. You may also find information in periodical articles and such publications as dissertations and anthologies. Libraries collect ephemeral materials and place them in folders called pamphlet, vertical, or artist files. These files contain small brochures, press releases, magazines, and newspaper clippings.

The New York Public Library offers a free research service, Ask Librarians Online or call (212) 340-0871. Many public and museum library collections contain books about contemporary art and artists. Search online catalogues of the Whitney, MoMA, The Met, and the New York Public Library.

Finally, there are numerous web resources that one can search to find information about contemporary artists. Sites such as artnet, askART, Artforum, and ARTnews provide information about artists, exhibitions, and current events in the art world.

How can I learn about an artist or a work in the Whitney's collection?
We recommend you begin your research by visiting the Whitney’s Collection Online. The Whitney’s collection includes over 22,000 works created by more than 3,000 artists in the United States during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. 

For more information on a Whitney exhibition or a specific work in the collection, please contact research@whitney.org

How can I conduct research at the Whitney?
The Frances Mulhall Achilles Library at the Whitney Museum of American Art contains a comprehensive research collection in the field of twentieth-century and contemporary American art. Our research collections include books, periodicals, archival material, artist files, and special collections that are accessible to the public by appointment.

Please visit the library section of our website for a comprehensive overview of our holdings and instructions for scheduling an appointment.

Who can use the Museum Library?
It is available, by appointment only, for research on the Museum’s history and exhibitions and study of American art history by collectors, art historians, graduate students, staff of other museums, art galleries, and scholars. Before making an appointment, researchers are encouraged to search the Library online catalogue, WhitneyCat. Please email your request to library@whitney.org or call (212) 570-3648 to schedule an appointment.

Is it possible to contact artists through the Whitney?
The Whitney does not release artists’ personal information. Artists should be contacted through their galleries.

How do I contact the owner of a specific Edward Hopper work of art?
We suggest you read Edward Hopper: A Catalogue Raisonné (1995) by Gail Levin published by the Whitney in association with W.W. Norton & Company. Owners are listed beneath each entry for oil paintings, watercolors, and illustrations. The Museum does not provide addresses of private collectors.

How can I order a book published by the Whitney?
Visit the online Museum Shop or call (212) 570-3614.

Where would I go to have a work of art restored?
The American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works at (202) 452-9545, guides collectors on how to find and choose qualified conservators in their particular area of the country.

How can I find out the value of a work of art, its provenance, or its attribution?
Below is a list of organizations that help people with questions about value, provenance, or attribution of works of art (select artist-specific foundations and catalogue raisonné committees may also offer authentications):

International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR)
500 Fifth Avenue, Suite 935
New York, NY 10110
(212) 391-6234

Telepraisal
316 East 3rd Street
New York, NY 10009
(800) 645-6002

American Society of Appraisers
P.O. Box 17625
Washington, D.C., 20041
(800) ASA-VALU

Appraisers Association of America, Inc. 
212 West 35th Street
11th Floor South, New York, NY 10001
(212) 889-5404 x 10 or referrals@appraisersassociation.org

Art Dealers Association of America
575 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022
(212) 940-8590

The Whitney does not provide authentications or appraisals to third parties concerning works of art.  As part of the Museum’s educational mission, curators and conservators may discuss general matters of connoisseurship, such as relative importance, quality, and condition ("Connoisseurship Information"). To the extent any third parties obtain Connoisseurship Information, they acknowledge and understand that it may not be relied upon, and neither the Whitney nor its staff have any liability arising from its use.


MISCELLANEOUS

How can I find out about employment opportunities at the Whitney?
View the job postings page.

Can I rent space in the Museum for a private event or photo shoot?
All film and photo shoot requests must be approved in advance by the Press Office before they can be scheduled. Please send your request to the Press Office, and include in your request a description of the proposed shoot, the desired museum spaces or exhibits, an estimate of the size of the crew, and an estimate of the amount of time the shoot will take. News coverage that centers on current exhibitions and the Whitney collection will be given priority. All film or photography shoots must comply with the museum’s photo guidelines and are subject to a location fee, reimbursement of costs, and the terms and conditions in the Museums’ standard Location Agreement.