St Petersburg Biennale of Museum Design3
09/11 – 19/12/2018
Whitney Museum of American Art. View from Gansevoort Street. Photographed by Ed Lederman, 2015
Whitney Museum of American Art. View from Gansevoort Street. Photographed by Ed Lederman, 2015

Donna De Salvo (USA)
Whitney Museum of American Art: New Building by Renzo Piano

17 October 2016 at 7 pm

Lecture Hall of the General Staff Building, the State Hermitage Museum

6/8 Dvortsovaya ploschad, St Petersburg

Donna De Salvo will be talking about of the Whitney Museum of American Art new building designed by Renzo Piano and new exhibition planning and curatorial strategy which both affirm Whitney’s role as the leading museum of modern and contemporary art of the United States.
Designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano the Whitney Museum of American Art new building was opened on 1 May, 2015. The indoor and outdoor galleries approximately double the Whitney’s exhibition space and provide extraordinary possibilities for artists, curators, and audiences. It will enable Whitney to expand its pioneering special exhibitions – including the Museum’s signature Whitney Biennial – and to present all of its exhibitions in the context of the Museum’s most extensive installation of its unsurpassed collection of twentieth- and twenty-first-century American art. The Whitney includes several firsts for the Whitney – dedicated space for education programs in the Laurie M. Tisch Education Center; the multi-use, 170-seat Susan and John Hess Family Theater; and the Sondra Gilman Study Center for works on paper – as well as the flexible Kaufman Gallery for film, video, and performance; the state-of-the-art Bucksbaum, Learsy, Scanlan Conservation Center; and the Frances Mulhall Achilles Library.
Donna De Salvo is a Deputy Director for International Initiatives and Senior Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Donna De Salvo joined the Whitney in 2004 and was appointed the museum’s first Chief Curator in 2006, a position she held until 2015 when she assumed her current role. De Salvo is leading the museum’s efforts to consider American art in an expanded content, in addition to curating exhibitions and collection displays and pursing acquisitions into the collection, in part as a co-leader of the Whitney’s Painting and Sculpture committee. De Salvo was instrumental in the development and design of the new Whitney and led the curatorial team that organized America Is Hard to See. Most recently, she curated Open Plan: Michael Heizer and Open Plan: Steve McQueen. Presently, she is working on a thematic retrospective of the work of Andy Warhol.
The lecture is supported by the Trust for Mutual Understanding.
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