Fresh off a bruising battle with Upper East Side residents over the Renzo Piano expansion plans, the Whitney Museum might be wimping out just feet from the finish line. Instead, it's discussing taking over the High Line space that the Dia Art Foundation recently vacated.
So why the surrender? Escalating construction costs, blah blah blah, and this absurdity, per the NYT: "The Whitney realized that the addition would add 16,000 to 20,000 square feet of exhibition space, when it had wanted 30,000." Genius planners, these.
· Whitney Museum May Move Expansion to Downtown Site [NYTimes]
· Whitney Plays Piano For Expansion [Curbed]