For many New Yorkers, the most-anticipated art project on the horizon is a David Hammons work due to be permanently installed near the Whitney Museum next year. Titled Day’s End, it has been several years in the making and has been subject to various committee meetings and city reviews. Now, one organization has given a significant sum to help the museum build Hammons’s 373-foot-long, 50-foot-tall structure.
The Keith Haring Foundation, a New York–based organization that regularly grants funding to art projects, has given the Whitney $1 million toward building Day’s End. (A representative for the museum declined to state a projected cost for the project.) Along with the news came the announcement of a more precise inauguration date for the project, which is due to be unveiled in September 2020.
“For a museum of our scale, it’s a heavy lift, no pun intended,” Scott Rothkopf, the Whitney’s chief curator, told ARTnews. “This is definitely one of the largest gifts toward the realization of this project.”
Day’s End is due to become one of the most significant works by Hammons, who is now well into his 70s and is known for being elusive. The work takes the form of an armature-like structure, and it pays homage to a shed that used to exist on Pier 52. In 1975 artist Gordon Matta-Clark cut slices out of that structure’s walls, ceiling, and floor for an artwork; that piece bore the same name as Hammons’s.
The gift is “coming at a time when we’re at the beginning of construction, and we want to make sure we reach our final goal,” Rothkopf said, adding, “we’re trying to help David Hammons make the project of his career.”