Breaking: The Whitney Lobby Report.

A site-specific installation based on the idea of site that becomes a boundary to transgress or at least acknowledge as both container and barrier, allowing for a more experiential role for the spectator as well as the creation of new types of spaces, whose qualities might be unbound, drawn in, or otherwise made pliant by their creatorsOh, wait, it’s just a stanchion. (Photos by C-M.)

I popped into the Whitney this afternoon to check out Jenny Holzer’s seriously stonerrific new solo exhibit, Protect Protect (Whoa! All the moving lights!) Unfortunately, I couldn’t snap pix to show you, ‘cuz there’s no picture-taking allowed inside the museum’s hallowed halls. (A policy, I’ve said before, is bogus. And a policy that — to be fair — many museums, not just the Whitney, enforce.) Thankfully, in response to my soulful pleas, the helpful folks over at the museum’s Twitter feed let me know that I was more than welcome to snap away in the lobby. So I did. 

Behold, the first ever Lobby Report©, an incisive look at life just beyond the cash registers.

Click on images to supersize. More after the jump.

Whitney Museum staff don the latest aphorism-wear by Jenny Holzer.

Diners at the museum’s restaurant, Sarabeth’s.

The shiny merch: The show’s catalogue, safely Saran-wrapped to protect from germs.

You can take a picture of a picture of the art (on the catalogue), but not the art. I feel a little dirty, like Richard Prince.

The horror: Bad footwear was afoot in the museum’s lobby, even though we were just a few storefronts down from some tony Madison Avenue shoe shops.

This young man was not impressed by the lobby’s amenities, which could most definitely use a bar cart.

Okay, Whitney Twitter dude, I’ll give you this point: The lobby’s lights are pretty damn terrific.


  1. Richard McCoy

    I went today and there wasn’t anyone in line, but we did notice the stanchion set up. I was hoping for a roller coaster, but just met a friendly ticket counter guy.

    ** Note did you see the Holzer-esque add campaign for Membership? See the little blue tri-folds that match the shirts; matches the shirts.

    As for the important part, the show: I had planned on quickly seeing the whole museum but after spending about 45 mins in the Holzer show, I was done. So visually intense and thoughtful.

  2. Kathy Stockman

    I love this!
    Museum lobby photographs would be a great coffee table book. Things We Can Shoot.

    Looking forward to more from the Lobby Report©