Whitney Museum Announces Groundbreaking Date for Downtown Building

03/18/2011 3:01 PM |

Courtesy Whitney Museum, Renzo Piano Building Workshop.

  • Courtesy Whitney Museum, Renzo Piano Building Workshop.

Last spring we noted, skeptically, that the Whitney Museum was planning to break ground on its new Renzo Piano-designed building at the foot of the High Line in the Meatpacking District in May of 2011. Today the Whitney sent out an announcement confirming that a ground-breaking ceremony will take place at the site (which it’s been using as an amazing public art installation for the last year) on May 24.

The groundbreaking ceremony kicks off at 11am on May 24, with Whitney director Adam D. Weinberg, architect Renzo Piano, museum trustees, city officials and, for good measure, some artists in attendance. The official announcement concludes optimistically:

The Whitney Museum of American Art’s new building in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District is projected to open in 2015.

Which means the Met’s new exhibition spaces in the current Whitney building should be opening around the same time, right?