• Historic Whitney Studio Open for Tours

    May 11, 2016

    On May 11, New York City's Whitney Studio, now part of the New York Studio School, launched a new tour program that will allow visitors to see the historic space that was not only once home to the Whitney Museum of Art, but also the workspace of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney and many more artists.

    The National Trust has worked extensively with the New York Studio School on the interpretation of the space for the free, public tours. The Trust also provided grant support for the restoration of the former hay loft that has been a studio, salon, and exhibit space as Whitney expanded her footprint in Greenwich Village to eventually include nine buildings along 8th Avenue as part of the first Whitney Museum of Art in 1931.

    We are thrilled that more people can see the National Treasure up close with the launch of the tour program next month! Book your chance to see the historic spaces before they fill up!

    photo by: NTHP

  • New Era for Whitney Museum of American Art

    May 19, 2015

    As our work to restore the Whitney Studio continues, we couldn’t help but stop and admire the shiny new Whitney Museum of American Art that opened this month.

    Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney left her mark on the world when she welcomed the work of neglected American artists to her Whitney Studio in 1914. As a sculptor and arts patron, she spent her entire life supporting creatives across the country. Now more than 100 years later, the Whitney Museum of American Art is entering into a new era with a building that CBS calls, “a true artists’ museum.” The 50,000 square foot indoor gallery space hosts more than 20,000 works of art and is now open to the public.

    Learn more about the new museum at www.whitney.org.

  • Renowned Author & Art Historian Talks Whitney Studio

    February 27, 2015

    On Wednesday, February 11th, nearly 50 members of the National Trust joined the New York Studio School staff, students and supporters for a wonderful evening focused on the history of the Whitney Studio and surrounding buildings. Special guest lecturer Avis Berman, renowned author and art historian, delivered a talk entitled "115 Years of Art: An Artist’s History of 8-14 West Eighth Street."

    Ms. Berman spoke about the fascinating history of this National Treasure, the legacy of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, Juliana Force and the artists who worked in the buildings now home to the New York Studio School. She placed what happened in Greenwich Village within the context of a transitioning art movement in New York City and explored why artists chose McDougal Alley as a place to convene and create. The lecture illustrated and brought to life the extraordinary people and stories that have made the Whitney legacy so enduring.

    The National Trust is currently working with the New York Studio School to develop an interpretation plan that will help them welcome the public to the Studio and the School and share the rich stories of this National Historic Landmark.

  • The Whitney Studio Is Designated a National Treasure

    October 8, 2014

    On October 8, the National Trust officially announced the Whitney Studio in Greenwich Village, New York City, as a National Treasure.

    A hidden gem located within the New York Studio School of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture, the Whitney Studio has been inspiring artists since 1907. Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney started with a single carriage house on MacDougal Alley and created the epicenter of the early 20th century American art movement.

    She assembled buildings, people, art, and ideas, and changed the way American art was perceived, purchased, and showcased across the United States, establishing the Whitney Museum of American Art here in 1931.

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