October 11, 2009, The New York Times — Three years after reaching a tentative agreement with the city, the Whitney Museum of American Art is forging ahead with plans to build a second museum at the entrance to the High Line, the abandoned elevated railway line that has recently been transformed into a public park.
June 28, 2009, The New York Times — After a 10-month search the Philadelphia Museum of Art has selected Timothy Rub, director of the Cleveland Museum of Art, to be its new director and chief executive. He succeeds Anne d’Harnoncourt, who led the museum from 1982 until her sudden death last year.
Some 150 yoga fanatics, mats in hand, gathered in the second-floor atrium of the Museum of Modern Art one recent Saturday morning. They were there to “Put the oM in MoMA,” as the invitation read.
Even in these grim economic times, institutions like the Whitney Museum of American Art are able to continue building their collections. Some are gifts from donors unaffected by the financial markets; others are acquisitions in the works before things grew ugly; and then there is art that seemed out of reach before but is now available because of changing fortunes.