Time Blending: Peter Funch and the Whitney Museum

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The Whitney old (above) and new. The Whitney old (above) and new.

Even before the new Whitney Museum opened to the public on May 1, 2015, critics were hailing it as a triumph. After five decades, the museum had left its bunker-like building on New York’s tony Upper East Side for a sleek new glass-and-metal confection in the Meatpacking District. It was a dramatic shift, as if an early 20th century society woman had shed her corset and shimmied into a shiny flapper dress.

Greeting that flapper is a neighborhood in transition. Revitalized in 2009 by the opening of the High Line, the Meatpacking District is now home to upscale boutiques and eateries (prices might actually be similar to those on the Upper East Side, though the hipness factor is higher). Needless to say, the few remaining meatpacking warehouses lining Little West 12th Street look a wee bit forlorn, like bums crashing the…

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