The Easel

New Whitney Museum’s First Show, “America is Hard to See”

Art columns are awash with reviews of the relocated Whitney Museum of Modern Art, and its first show. All agree that the Renzo Piano building is a winner. The local reviewer (Cotter) approves of the show – “a carefully judged musing on an institutional past”. A West Coast reviewer is more stand-offish: “You open a museum with the art you have, not the art you wish to have.”