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    Quote Originally Posted by ZippyTheChimp View Post


    Yup, ended up looking exactly like I remember it in the renderings.....

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    a refrigerator part.

    I see Tectonics point, but Picasso was not as devoid of grace as this is.

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    I think it turned out fine. People on the High Line seem to appreciate it.


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    Agreed...nothing really to complain about here (it's actually magnificent as far as museums go).
    Just wish they had been able to afford to use the originally specified cladding material,
    however the VE stuff they ended up with isn't that bad.

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    Sorry, I can't get behind that sentiment. The Milwaukee Art Museum is magnificent as far as museums go (as is the NGA East Building). This is more of an appliance. It's not terrible, but I really don't think it's good.

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    I'm over Renzo.

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    Most of the Milwaukee Art Museum actually looks very much like an airport terminal (hmmm i wonder why),
    with the exception of the new Calatrava wing- which in itself is one of (if not the) biggest draw for them.
    Have you actually been there, or just seen the pics of the amazing addition?

    I'm glad the Whitney actually went with a building designed to showcase their magnificent Art collection- from the inside out.
    And believe it fortunate that the outside turned out not to be particularly offensive (Kaufmanesque).
    (I can even see a little bit of the old Brewer Building reflected in its- lines, not materials)
    Rather, it stimulates thought, ignites conversation (both things good Art should do), and I'm sure that when they finish the
    grounds around it, get the Art installed, and open the doors, it will feel/look even better.

    After all, it's what's inside here- and the flexibility to best showcase that Art that's most important.
    Most didn't like the Centre Georges Pompidou when first seen, but they now say it's
    a "Love at second sight".

    And again, I have to ask...Have you actually seen this building in person?
    I ask because all of these museums seen on site, tend to leave one with a completely different impression than one
    would expect from only having seen their photos.
    (and yes, i've visited each)

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    Quote Originally Posted by stache View Post
    I'm over Renzo.
    I didn't know you started topping! (I kid )

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    I know someone who is on the verge of getting spanked​!

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    Quote Originally Posted by scumonkey View Post
    their magnificent Art collection
    OK, let's not get carried away. We're just talking about the Whitney here.

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    It looks best in the dark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EastMillinocket View Post
    OK, let's not get carried away. We're just talking about the Whitney here.
    That's correct...and not getting carried away.
    I might agree with you had you said the Guggenheim - but NOT the Whitney, which houses one of the world's foremost collections of modern and contemporary American art.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scumonkey View Post
    Most of the Milwaukee Art Museum actually looks very much like an airport terminal (hmmm i wonder why),
    with the exception of the new Calatrava wing- which in itself is one of (if not the) biggest draw for them.
    Have you actually been there, or just seen the pics of the amazing addition?

    I'm glad the Whitney actually went with a building designed to showcase their magnificent Art collection- from the inside out.
    And believe it fortunate that the outside turned out not to be particularly offensive (Kaufmanesque).
    (I can even see a little bit of the old Brewer Building reflected in its- lines, not materials)
    Rather, it stimulates thought, ignites conversation (both things good Art should do), and I'm sure that when they finish the
    grounds around it, get the Art installed, and open the doors, it will feel/look even better.

    After all, it's what's inside here- and the flexibility to best showcase that Art that's most important.
    Most didn't like the Centre Georges Pompidou when first seen, but they now say it's
    a "Love at second sight".

    And again, I have to ask...Have you actually seen this building in person?
    I ask because all of these museums seen on site, tend to leave one with a completely different impression than one
    would expect from only having seen their photos.
    (and yes, i've visited each)
    I have (both the Whitney and the Milwaukee Art Museum)! Here are a few of my photos from this summer. Since we're talking about the architecture, I didn't think we were too concerned about the collections contained within. In any event...

    P8090083

    P8080053

    P8080056

    P8080057

    Sadly, it's been a while since I've taken a photo of the Whitney (last summer). I just didn't like it. I went by it again in September when I was in NYC, and I still wasn't feeling it. Anyway, the only reason I get the Airport Terminal feel from MAM is because it is a really great piece of midcentury modern that is of the same ilk as most of the now demolished terminals built at JFK. I guess one could contend otherwise from my pics if they'd like to, though.

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    LOL @ MidtownGuy!

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    Very sad that the Gansevoort pumping station building was sacrificed. Premier Veal's vandalism was a travesty too.

    Looking Back at the Gansevoort Pumping Station, the Building the New Whitney Museum Replaced

    March 16, 2015 By Penelope Bareau







    Article at 6sqft

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    It's a shame that they couldn't incorporate that building into the museum. It would have made a striking contrast.

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