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WHITNEY STORIES

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Posted November 30, 2013 by in

A VIDEO SERIES AND ONLINE PUBLICATION LOOKING BEHIND THE SCENES AT PREPARATIONS FOR ITS FUTURE BUILDING

Whitney Museum of American Art

Whitney Museum of American Art

In anticipation of the opening of its future home in downtown Manhattan in the spring of 2015, the Whitney Museum of American Art presents Whitney Stories, a video series and online publication that offers viewers a look behind the scenes at preparations for the new building through interviews with figures central to the project. New videos will be released regularly through spring 2015. These short films will profile artists, Whitney staff and trustees, and integral members of the construction team while highlighting aspects of the new Renzo Piano–designed building and tracking the transformation of the Museum. Matt Wolf, a New York–based filmmaker (Teenage, 2013), is directing the videos, which will be available at whitney.org/WhitneyStories, complemented by brief articles, interviews, and photo essays.

The Museum will release fifteen videos in total, each focusing on a person with a particular role in the project, and a unique connection to the Whitney. The videos will be filmed at the Museum’s current building, the new building construction site, and artists’ studios; offer insight into future programming and exhibition plans; and provide an overview of the institution during this exciting period through compelling personal narratives. The first video in the series, a profile of Carol Mancusi-Ungaro, the Whitney’s associate director for conservation and research, is available to view now (interested members of the press may preview additional videos upon request). Upcoming subjects include:

Donna De Salvo, chief curator and deputy director for programs; Carter E. Foster, Steven and Ann Ames Curator of Drawing; Larissa Gentile, building project manager; Renzo Piano, architect; Vincent Punch, assistant head guard; Adam D. Weinberg, Alice Pratt Brown Director; and Fred Wilson, artist and Whitney trustee.

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