Whitney Museum Will Open on Mondays for Koons Krowds

Installation view of "Jeff Koons: A Retrospective" at the Whitney Museum.
Photo: Benjamin Sutton.

Unsurprisingly, the Whitney Museum‘s building-filling Jeff Koons retrospective has achieved that true marker of blockbuster status: The museum is adding not only extra hours, but a whole extra day to herd crowds past the shiny sculptures and through the small forest of vacuum cleaners. On August 18 the Whitney, which is typically closed to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays, announced that it will open its doors from 11 a.m. through 6 p.m. every Monday, beginning September 1. The museum has already added extra hours on Fridays, opening two hours earlier than usual, at 11 a.m.

The expanded hours for the Koons retrospective, which is steadily drawing long lines that snake out the front of the museum building and onto the sidewalk, will remain in effect until October 19, when the show closes. The crowd-pleasing exhibition will be the last major show in the Whitney’s Marcel Breuer building, as the institution prepares to move downtown into its new Renzo Piano-design building in the Meatpacking District. The first exhibition in the new building, drawing from the museum’s permanent collection, will open in the spring of 2015.

For those unwilling to stand in line (or duck out a little early on a Monday), there’s a Koons you can visit around the clock installed at Rockefeller Center.

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