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ART- Museums -The Whitney Announces 36-Hour Marathon of Koons — *nyc, 10/18-19, 2014


To celebrate the final days of Jeff Koons: A Retrospective and the culmination of the Whitney’s uptown exhibition program prior to the opening of its new building downtown, the Museum announced that it will stay open continuously for 36 hours, from 11 am Saturday, October 18, through 11 pm Sunday, October 19. The marathon viewing will provide additional hours to visit the acclaimed and immensely popular retrospective, which has been among the most well-attended exhibitions in the Museum’s history, attracting more than 250,000 visitors to date. The Whitney will open its new building in the Meatpacking District in spring 2015.

In addition to scheduled programming, the Museum has organized numerous late night and early morning events and activities during the extended hours, including:

  • A late-night talk by Scott Rothkopf, curator of Jeff Koons: A Retrospective
  • Early bird family activities from 8 am to noon on Sunday for children of all ages
  • Hourly docent tours from 8 pm to 11 pm, as well as at 10 am
  • Light refreshments available for purchase throughout the evening in Untitled, the Museum’s restaurant
  • New products featuring Jeff Koons’s artwork for sale in the Whitney Shop while the Museum is open

“Lucid, challenging, brilliantly installed,” according to The New York Times, Jeff Koons: A Retrospective is the most comprehensive exhibition ever devoted to the artist’s groundbreaking work. By reconstituting all of his most iconic pieces and significant series in a chronological narrative, the retrospective allows visitors to understand Koons’s remarkably diverse output as a multifaceted whole. This also marks the artist’s first major museum presentation in New York, and the first time nearly the entirety of the Whitney’s Marcel Breuer building has been filled with a single artist’s work.

Additionally, three exhibitions featuring the Museum’s permanent collection are currently on view in the fifth floor and fifth-floor mezzanine galleries: Shaping A Collection: Five Decades of Gifts honors benefactors who were instrumental in expanding the Whitney’s collection and includes works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Agnes Martin, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol; Edward Hopper and Photography pairs Hopper paintings from the Whitney’s collection with works by six contemporary photographers—Gregory Crewdson, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, William Eggleston, Steve Fitch, Todd Hido, and Stephen Shore; and Collecting Calder presents a selection of Alexander Calder sculptures and drawings.


Jeff Koons

Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street
New York, NY 10021
General Information: (212) 570-3600



Founded in 1930, the Whitney Museum of American Art is the world’s leading museum of twentieth-century and contemporary art of the United States. In addition to its landmark exhibitions, including the Whitney Biennial, the Museum is known internationally for events and educational programs of exceptional significance and as a center for research, scholarship, and conservation. The Whitney’s new home in the Meatpacking District is projected to open to the public in spring 2015.

Museum hours are: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm, Friday from 11 am to 9 pm, closed Tuesday. General admission: $20. Full-time students and visitors ages 19–25 and 65 & over: $16. Visitors 18 & under and Whitney members: FREE. Admission is pay-what-you-wish on Fridays, 6–9 pm. For general information, please call (212) 570-3600 or visit

Image Credit

Installation view of Jeff Koons: A Retrospective (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, June 27–October 19, 2014). © Jeff Koons. Photograph by Ronald Amstutz

Whitney Museum
of American Art

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