One of the most exciting moment in the city’s long love affair with the arts and those who create them is the opening of the New Whitney Museum designed by Renzo Piano.     I took a hard hat tour last fall and was overwhelmed by the size and scope.  As if the greatest curators in the world were given a wish list which all came true.  How do you build a 18,000 square foot gallery without a column?   With it’s interior lighting, glass walls and public spaces, the designed interaction between the neighborhood, the art and the space takes place  24/7.    The new building will vastly increase the Whitney’s exhibition and programming space, offering the most expansive display ever of its unsurpassed collection of modern and contemporary American art.

For what to wear on a weekend stroll though the galleries and the adjacent Highline,  We shopped this casual collection of separates from SAKS.COM.   The Theory Suede Jacket is ON SALE and a steal at $382.  Combine it with some well chosen accessories to complete the look.   The Max Mara Whitney Bag was designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop in honor of the Whitney opening and of course it is a handsome tribute to design.   We chose three pairs of stylish shoes.  You can pick the one that suits your mood, or throw a pair of spares in your bag.


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Please click on the links for information and to purchase.

Tops:  Theory Kanya Cropped Suede Jacket $382 SALE   /   Tory Burch Linen & Poplin Hem Striped Pullover $150

Bottoms:  J Brand High Rise Cropped Jeans $188

Accessories:  Ray Ban Round Sunglasses $165   /   Max Mara Whitney Small Leather Tote $1150   /   Tory Burch Chantal Perforated Pendant Necklace $225   /   Max Mara Whitney Large Leather Tote $1750 

Shoes:  Gucci Suede Tassel Front Loafers $595  /  3.1 Philip Lim Mules ON SALE $332  / See by Chloe Mules $325

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MAX MARA and Renzo Piano Workshop

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Designed by architect Renzo Piano, the new building will include approximately 50,000 square feet of indoor galleries and 13,000 square feet of outdoor exhibition space and terraces facing the High Line. An expansive gallery for special exhibitions will be approximately 18,000 square feet in area, making it the largest column-free museum gallery in New York City. Additional exhibition space includes a lobby gallery (accessible free of charge), two floors for the permanent collection, and a special exhibitions gallery on the top floor. For more information on visiting please go to the Whitney.

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