October 2010



The New York-based Whitney Museum of American Art is a preeminent institution devoted to 20th century and contemporary American art, with special focus on works by living artists. The Whitney’s online presence is Whitney.org. The site offers a visually stimulating way to connect with the museum, as well as a destination for inspiration. You can explore the Museum’s collections and exhibitions–including the celebrated Whitney Biennale–through images and text, as well as explore a number of rewarding interactive features.

In addition to the features and content you might expect to find at a museum site, there are sections aimed toward a younger demographic, such as teens and kids. The “For Teens” section includes a gallery of teen art and writing, TeensBlog, and “teen picks” from the Whitney’s extensive holdings. You can also follow the museum on Facebook and Twitter, check out their flickr photostreams, and view Whitney archived podcasts and video clips on You Tube, blip.tv, and iTunes.

Similar to other sites which allow users to create folders with content from the site is Whitney’s “Make a Collection.” Users may view, select, and save favorite works of art from the museum’s collection, as well as save audio and video tracks, exhibitions, or any whitney.org page. Whitney.org offers a range of interesting ways for users to interact with the museum’s collections and events, as well as bringing patrons together in online communities.

Reviewer: Evan Carlson, FIDM Library Staff Member, S.D.