The Whitney’s First Show Will Pack In 407 Artists From the Permanent Collection

Running People at 2,616,216 (1978–79) by Jonathan Borofsky will be installed on the West Ambulatory, on the fifth floor for the Whitney's inaugural exhibition, "America Is Hard to See." (Photo: © Nic Lehoux, via Whitney.org)

Running People at 2,616,216 (1978–79) by Jonathan Borofsky will be installed on the West Ambulatory, on the fifth floor for the Whitney’s inaugural exhibition, “America Is Hard to See.” (Photo: © Nic Lehoux, via Whitney.org)

The Whitney Museum of American Art is nearly ready to open the doors to its brand spanking new Renzo Piano-designed building in the Meatpacking district. Out with the old, and in with the new. And that means it’s going to be rehanging its world-renowned permanent collection in 50,000-square-feet of indoor galleries, and 13,000-square-feet of outdoor exhibition space, for the inaugural exhibition “America Is Hard to See.”

Today, the museum announced the full list of artists for the show. It’s going to feature an impressive 650 artworks by a whopping 407 artists, with works dating from 1900 to the present. And that cryptic title? It’s taken from a pointy Robert Frost poem about the deception of Columbus’ discovery of America.

The new galleries, which will open to the public May 1 along with the show, are column-free (the largest space of its kind in New York City), and the permanent collection will reside on two full floors. There are plenty of old friends, and new discoveries promised in the show—though not everyone made the cut—and many of the works have only been shown a handful of times—some never.

Here is the full list of artists included in “America Is Hard to See,” on view May 1 through September 27 at The Whitney Museum’s new home at 99 Gasevoort Street.

Berenice Abbott

Michele Abeles

Vito Acconci

Ansel Adams

Robert Adams

Carl Andre

Kenneth Anger

Eleanor Antin

Diane Arbus

Cory Arcangel

David Armstrong

Richard Artschwager

Ruth Asawa

Asco

Charles Atlas

Lutz Bacher

Peggy Bacon

Jo Baer

Alex Bag

Malcolm Bailey

Lamar Baker

John Baldessari

Alvin Baltrop

Lewis Baltz

Matthew Barney

Richmond Barthé

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Romare Bearden

Cecil Beaton

Robert Beavers

Robert Bechtle

Ericka Beckman

Larry Bell

George Bellows

Lynda Benglis

Thomas Hart Benton

Wallace Berman

Bernadette Corporation

Judith Bernstein

Huma Bhabha

David Bienstock

Henry Billings

Ilse Bing

Dara Birnbaum

Nayland Blake

Oscar Bluemner

Peter Blume

Lee Bontecou

Jonathan Borofsky

Louise Bourgeois

Margaret Bourke-White

Carol Bove

Mark Bradford

Stan Brakhage

Robert Breer

Patrick Henry Bruce

Bernarda Bryson Shahn

Charles Burchfield

Jacob Burck

Chris Burden

Scott Burton

Mary Ellen Bute

Paul Cadmus

John Cage

Alexander Calder

Cameron

Luis Camnitzer

Peter Campus

James Castle

Elizabeth Catlett

Maurizio Cattelan

Vija Celmins

John Chamberlain

Paul Chan

Sarah Charlesworth

Ayoka Chenzira

Chryssa

Larry Clark

Chuck Close

Sue Coe

Anne Collier

Bruce Conner

Joseph Cornell

Eldzier Cortor

Miguel Covarrubias

John Covert

Ralston Crawford

E.E. Cummings

Imogen Cunningham

John Currin

John Steuart Curry

Allan D’Arcangelo

James Daugherty

Emma Lu Davis

Stuart Davis

Willem de Kooning

Walter De Maria

Roy DeCarava

Jay DeFeo

Charles Demuth

Maya Deren

Mark di Suvero

Jim Dine

Arthur Dove

Thomas Downing

Elsie Driggs

Guy Pène Du Bois

Carroll Dunham

Sam Durant

Jimmie Durham

Mabel Dwight

William Eggleston

Nicole Eisenman

Wharton Esherick

Walker Evans

Kevin Jerome Everson

Loretta Fahrenholz

Andreas Feininger

Lyonel Feininger

Duncan Ferguson

Rafael Ferrer

Paul Fiene

Morgan Fisher

John B. Flannagan

Hollis Frampton

Robert Frank

Andrea Fraser

LaToya Ruby Frazier

Hermine Freed

Jared French

Lee Friedlander

Brian Frye

Charles Gaines

Anna Gaskell

GCC

Gerald K. Geerlings

Hugo Gellert

Sandra Gibson

Luis Gispert

William Glackens

Milton Glaser

Robert Gober

Nan Goldin

Wayne Gonzales

Felix Gonzalez-Torres

Boris Gorelick

Arshile Gorky

Dan Graham

William Gropper

Nancy Grossman

George Grosz

Louis Guglielmi

Philip Guston

Walter Gutman

Wade Guyton

Hans Haacke

Peter Halley

David Hammons

Keith Haring

Rachel Harrison

Marsden Hartley

David Hartt

David Haxton

Sharon Hayes

Al Held

Robert Henri

Carmen Herrera

Eva Hesse

Lewis Hine

Nancy Holt

Jenny Holzer

Edward Hopper

Roni Horn

Earl Horter

Alex Hubbard

Peter Hujar

Richard Hunt

Victoria Hutson Huntley

Robert Indiana

Abraham Jacobs

Ulysses Jenkins

Neil Jenney

Candy Jernigan

Jess

Jasper Johns

Rashid Johnson

Ray Johnson

William H Johnson

Joan Jonas

Joe Jones

Philip Mallory Jones

Michael Joo

Donald Judd

Alex Katz

On Kawara

Mike Kelley

Ellsworth Kelly

Sister Corita Kent

Karen Kilimnik

William Klein

Franz Kline

Josh Kline

Jeff Koons

Lee Krasner

Barbara Kruger

Yasuo Kuniyoshi

Yayoi Kusama

Suzanne Lacy

David Lamelas

Dorothea Lange

Liz Magic Laser

Robert Laurent

Louise Lawler

Jacob Lawrence

An-My Lê

William Leavitt

Zoe Leonard

Alfred Leslie

Howard Lester

Sherrie Levine

Herschel Levit

Helen Levitt

Norman Lewis

Sol LeWitt

Roy Lichtenstein

Glenn Ligon

Kalup Linzy

Alvin Loving

Lee Lozano

Louis Lozowick

George Luks

Helen Lundeberg

Len Lye

Danny Lyon

Stanton Macdonald-Wright

Tala Madani

Man Ray

Sylvia Plimack Mangold

Robert Mapplethorpe

Christian Marclay

Brice Marden

Marisol

Kyra Markham

Reginald Marsh

Agnes Martin

Fletcher Martin

Gordon Matta-Clark

Cynthia Maughan

Keith Mayerson

Paul McCarthy

John McCracken

Adam McEwen

John McLaughlin

Josephine Meckseper

Jonas Mekas

Ana Mendieta

Sam Middleton

Aleksandra Mir

Joan Mitchell

Toyo Miyatake

Lisette Model

Donald Moffett

Abelardo Morell

Robert Morris

Mark Morrisroe

Gerald Murphy

Elizabeth Murray

Julie Murray

Reuben Nakian

Bruce Nauman

Alice Neel

Louise Nevelson

Barnett Newman

Isamu Noguchi

David Novros

Jim Nutt

Chiura Obata

Georgia O’Keeffe

Claes Oldenburg

Catherine Opie

Jose Clemente Orozco

Raphael Montañez Ortiz

Alfonso Ossorio

Tony Oursler

Bill Owens

Akosua Adoma Owusu

Nam June Paik

Jean Painlevé

Gordon Parks

Agnes Pelton

I Rice Pereira

Raymond Pettibon

Elizabeth Peyton

Paul Pfeiffer

Howardena Pindell

Adrian Piper

Horace Pippin

Lari Pittman

Jackson Pollock

Liliana Porter

Richard Pousette-Dart

Richard Prince

Nancy Elizabeth Prophet

Noah Purifoy

RH Quaytman

Walid Raad

Yvonne Rainer

Christina Ramberg

Robert Rauschenberg

Charles Ray

Luis Recoder

Jeffrey Reed

Robert Reed

Earl Reiback

Ad Reinhardt

Hans Richter

Faith Ringgold

Dorothea Rockburne

James Rosenquist

Martha Rosler

Theodore Roszak

Susan Rothenberg

Mark Rothko

Edward Ruscha

Morgan Russell

Betye Saar

David Salle

Lucas Samaras

Jacolby Satterwhite

Peter Saul

Matt Saunders

Morton Schamberg

Carolee Schneemann

Dana Schutz

Dread Scott

George Segal

Richard Serra

Ben Shahn

Joel Shapiro

Paul Sharits

Charles Sheeler

Cindy Sherman

Roger Shimomura

Everett Shinn

Amy Sillman

Laurie Simmons

Taryn Simon

Lorna Simpson

John Sloan

David Smith

Jack Smith

Kiki Smith

Tony Smith

Robert Smithson

Keith Sonnier

Edward Steichen

Ralph Steiner

Frank Stella

Joseph Stella

Harry Sternberg

Hedda Sterne

Florine Stettheimer

May Stevens

Alfred Stieglitz

John Storrs

Michelle Stuart

Sturtevant

Wayne Thiebaud

Alma Thomas

Rirkrit Tiravanija

George Tooker

Bill Traylor

Ryan Trecartin

Anne Truitt

Wu Tsang

Richard Tuttle

Cy Twombly

Stan VanDerBeek

Kara Walker

Kelley Walker

Carl Walters

Andy Warhol

Max Weber

Weegee

William Wegman

Lawrence Weiner

Tom Wesselmann

HC Westermann

Charles White

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney

Jack Whitten

Hannah Wilke

Christopher Williams

Sue Williams

Fred Wilson

Garry Winogrand

William Winter

Karl Wirsum

David Wojnarowicz

Jordan Wolfson

Martin Wong

Grant Wood

Francesca Woodman

Hale Aspacio Woodruff

Christopher Wool

Andrew Wyeth

William Zorach

The Whitney’s First Show Will Pack In 407 Artists From the Permanent Collection