Downtown Whitney Breaking Ground in 2011, Met Will (Likely) Take Over Uptown Building

05/27/2010 9:44 AM |

Whitney Museum lot

As mentioned last week, the Whitney’s board of directors voted on Tuesday to approve the construction of their new Renzo Piano-designed building at the southern tip of the High Line. ArtInfo reports that activity at the site on the corner of Washington and Gansevoort Streets (pictured) should get underway in May 2011, with the new location opening in 2015.

At that time, it’s looking increasingly likely that the Whitney will completely vacate its inverted cement bunker on Madison Avenue and lease those galleries to the Metropolitan Museum. ArtInfo’s secret informant puts it dramatically: “Met curators are having a food fight about who is going to get more space and where,” they view this deal “as a once in a lifetime chance to get more space.” Let the great museum gallery food fight of 2015 begin!