At the end of day two of our Whitney reinstallation project, we have finally taken down most of the art that will be returning to our vaults and are putting into order the paintings and sculptures that will soon be on view.
Tuesday was full of heavy lifting. The most noteworthy change was moving the Stephen Hannock painting, Flooded Cascade, Yellowstone Dawn, 2010, to a new wall (for an eye-popping effect) to make way for Bierstadt’s The Last of the Buffalo, ca. 1888. This new layout will allow the viewer to interact more closely with Flooded Cascade, Yellowstone Dawn, whose rich, mirrored surface is written over with pictures and memories of the artist’s trip to Yellowstone. The layout also provides an homage to the Whitney’s past.
The Last of the Buffalo used to be the first painting visible when you entered the gallery, and now again, we have placed it in the direct sightline of the Whitney’s entrance, welcoming visitors with one of the masterpieces of our collection.