Public Art Project by David Hammons: Day's End
Coming Fall 2020
The Whitney, in collaboration with the Hudson River Park Trust, is developing a permanent public art project by David Hammons (b. 1943) that will be located in Hudson River Park along the southern edge of Gansevoort Peninsula, directly across from the Museum.
Day’s End, proposed to the Whitney by Hammons, takes inspiration from Gordon Matta-Clark's 1975 artwork of the same name. Matta-Clark cut five openings into the Pier 52 shed that formerly occupied the site. Hammons’s artwork will be an open structure that precisely follows the outlines, dimensions, and location of the original shed—and like Matta-Clark's work, it will offer an extraordinary place to experience the waterfront. Affixed to the shore on the south edge of Gansevoort Peninsula, the structure will extend over the water, employing the thinnest possible support system. Hammons's work will appear evanescent and ethereal, seeming to shimmer and almost disappear, changing with the light of day and atmospheric conditions. It will also allude to the history of New York’s waterfront—from the heyday of its shipping industry to the reclaimed piers that became a gathering place for the gay community.
In tandem with the realization of the project, the Whitney Museum is developing rich interpretative materials that will allow visitors to explore and understand the history of the waterfront, the Gansevoort Peninsula neighborhood, and the Day’s End project through archival images and recordings as well as oral-history interviews with longtime neighbors, merchants, artists, community activists, and cultural leaders. These initiatives will include a podcast, a series of videos, walking tours, and a publication. Interpretative materials will be accessible on site, online, and for mobile use. Upon the opening of Day's End to the public, a selection of related artworks from the permanent collection will be on view at the Museum.
Learn more about the project in the press release.
In the News
"Evoking Manhattan’s past with a strikingly modern vision, the Whitney Museum of American Art unveiled designs . . . for a massive, airy sculpture by David Hammons crossing into the Hudson River—a project that would be one of the largest public art installations in New York."
—The New York Times
"The legendary David Hammons has a new project on deck, and it's going to be his most ambitious endeavor yet."
"Whitney Reveals Plans for David Hammons Sculpture Alluding to Gordon Matta-Clark"
"Whitney Plans Major Artwork on Hudson"
—The New York Times