Met Announces Opening Date, Show at Whitney’s Breuer Building

'The Cathedrals of Art' (1942), Florine Stettheimer's unfinished final work, which is owned by the Met.COURTESY METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART

The Cathedrals of Art (1942), Florine Stettheimer’s unfinished final work, which is owned by the Met.


For the past three years, ever since the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that it would take over the Whitney’s Breuer building for at least eight years, there has been endless speculation about what it will do there. Now The New York Times has some details.

The first show will be titled “Unfinished,” open March 7, 2016, and be curated by Andrea Bayer, of the European paintings department, and Nicholas Cullinan, of the contemporary art department, the paper reports. It will include work from the Renaissance up to the current period. There will be Met works and loans. The show, as the title suggests, is about unfinished work.

So yes, not the most satisfying story—there’s not a single artist named—but at least it’s something. And as the Times’ co-chief art critic, Roberta Smith, pointed out at the beginning of this year, the Met has quite a wealth of unfinished material to draw on.

No doubt the Met’s skillful PR team is going to keep dropping juicy little hints of what they have planned in the coming months. Still interested to know if there’s anything to The New Yorker’s report last year that curators in the Met’s modern and contemporary department paid a visit to the vast collection of work by self-taught Southern black artists owned by Bill Arnett.

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