Artists' names on the lights and walls of the Whitney. (Photo courtesy Billy Farrell)

Bye Bye, Breuer Building: The Whitney Bids Adieu to the UES with a Going Away Gala

When the Whitney opened in 1966, Ada Louise Huxtable filed a column in The Times reviewing the design of its building. “At the moment, the most disliked building in New York is undoubtedly the Whitney Museum,” she wrote. Yikes! And now, nearly 50 years later, the Brutalism of the Breuer Building is no less brutal, but with the whole operation packing up and moving to a shimmery Renzo Piano near all the shimmery stilettos stumbling through the Meatpacking District, people are getting pretty teary-eyed about the all-concrete prison-looking thing on Madison and 75th.

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