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The Luce Foundation's Directors have awarded a $1.5 million grant to the Whitney Museum of American Art to support the installation of works from the Museum’s renowned permanent collection in its new building downtown. The Museum’s new building, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano and currently under construction in the Meatpacking district, is projected to open in 2015.

   (The Whitney Museum's New Building Project)

In a press release, Adam D. Weinberg, the Museum's Alice Pratt Brown Director, called the grant "a tremendous vote of confidence." With three times more gallery space than the Whitney's current building, the new location will "enable us to increase the size and scope of all our exhibitions and programming and in particular will fulfill our dream of showing a far more comprehensive view of the Whitney’s unsurpassed collection of modern and contemporary American art," Weinberg said.

Furthering the Luce Foundation's goal of advancing the study of American art through exhibitions, catalogues, archival projects, digitization, and the like, this 75th anniversary grant salutes the Whitney’s steadfast commitment to increasing access to the richness of American art.

 75th Anniversary Initiative

This grant was part of a special initiative celebrating the Luce Foundation’s 75th anniversary and honoring the vision of our founder, Henry R. Luce. Over the course of two years, the Foundation awarded a series of seven major grants fostering innovation in our historic areas of interest, including leadership, service, scholarship, communication, and international understanding.

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“The new building...will fulfill our dream of showing a far more comprehensive view of the Whitney's unsurpassed collection of modern and contemporary American art. The foundation's support of this essential institutional effort is enormously encouraging.”
- Adam D. Weinberg, the Alice Pratt Brown director of the Whitney Museum