It’s Whitney Week

Celebrating the museum’s new home.

Solange Knowles

The week of April 21st may as well have been christened “Whitney Week” by Mayor De Blasio. There were press previews galore, a private dinner, and, no less, a handbag party thrown by Max Mara for a carry-all it created in conjunction with the opening of the new Whitney Museum of American Art building, designed by Renzo Piano. Then, on Friday, Max Mara took hosting duties again alongside the Whitney director Adam D. Weinberg and chief curator Donna De Salvo and Piano, sponsoring an opening night extravaganza for more than 3,000 guests. There were cocktails for VIP donors and members, a dinner on the museum’s top floor hosted by Max Mara chairman Luigi Maramotti and a late night dance party with DJ sets by Zoe Kravitz and St. Vincent. But despite the celebrity presence such efforts bring, they could not outshine the building itself and the museum’s inaugural exhibition, America is Hard to See, comprised of works from the institution’s permanent collection.

“I was at the old [building] the last time for the Jeff Koons exhibit, which was so great. And I’m so excited to be here to celebrate this one,” offered Dakota Fanning, who went fairly unnoticed and unbothered, as she wandered the galleries. “I live downtown, so it’s nice to have the museum a bit closer.”

Meanwhile, Sarah Jessica Parker (or rather her handler, keeping a watchful eye), begged off interviews, too busy was she examining the painting “Pittsburgh,” by Elsie Driggs and “Songs of the Sky B3” by Alfred Stieglitz. On another floor, three members of the Guerilla Girls artist collective, sporting their signature gorilla masks, caused a commotion among admirers, distracting them from the Henry Billings painting “Lehigh Valley.”

The sunset views from the gorgeous windows, particularly in a stairway, proved equally diverting, prompting one man to observe to his wife, “It’s amazing. It’s like being at the Top of the Standard.”

Welcome to the neighborhood.

Photos: It’s Whitney Week

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Zoe Kravitz. Photo by

Dakota Fanning. Photo by

Mamie Gummer. Photo by

Solange Knowles. Photo by

St. Vincent. Photo by

Julian Schnabel and Brooke Neidich. Photo by

Barbara Bush. Photo by

Princess Alexandra of Greece. Photo by

Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn. Photo by

Laurie Simmons. Photo by

Betsey Johnson. Photo by

Charles de Gunzburg, Nathalie de Gunzburg, Giorgio Guidotti, and Virginie Mouzat. Photo by

Rameet Chawla. Photo by

Pamela Golbin. Photo by

Danny Meyer. Photo by

Beth Rudin DeWoody and Scott Drevnig. Photo by

Knight Landesman. Photo by

Fred Wilson. Photo by

Maria Giulia Prezioso Maramotti. Photo by

Bob Gersh, Linda Gersh, and Adam Weinberg. Photo by

Mickalene Thomas. Photo by

Francesca Amfitheatrof. Photo by

Christine Schwarzman and Stephen Schwarzman. Photo by

Carroll Dunham. Photo by

Damian Loeb and Zoya Loeb. Photo by

Luigi Maramotti and Donna De Salvo. Photo by

Ross Bleckner and Rajan Mamtani. Photo by

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