The Whitney‘s 2011 American Art Award Gala, all images Winston Morris for Art Observed.
AO was on site this Thursday for the Whitney Museum‘s 2011 American Art Award Gala, an event held for the presentation of the 20th Annual American Art Award, which honored Marissa Mayer and Google for their support of the arts in New York, and as celebration of the groundbreaking of the Whitney Museum’s new space in the Meatpacking district. The official groundbreaking, which will take place on May 24, marks the Whitney’s move from the Marcel Breuer-designed building it has been located in since 1966 on Madison Avenue and 75th Street. The event took place in a tent by the entrance to the High Line and ended with a performance by Debbie Harry and members of Blondie. The Annual American Art Award has been commissioned by the Whitney each year since 1992, and is designed by an artist. This year’s award was created by Ellsworth Kelly, and will be given to Marissa Mayer, Google VP of product management. The Whitney’s Education department has partnered with Google to hold a nationwide contest for young artists, Doodle 4 Google, which this year is themed “What I’d Like to Do Someday.” 40 Regional Finalists will have their drawings displayed at the Whitney from May 19th through June 16th, 2011.