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The Whitney presents Reed Krakoff with its American Art Award


Delphine Krakoff and Reed Krakoff   
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The Whitney Museum celebrated its twenty-second annual American Art Awards last night, with honorees including Reed Krakoff, philanthropist Martin Margulies, the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, and attorney Michael Ward Stout, a longtime legal advocate for artists. But their achievements were almost overshadowed by the question on everyone's mind: How is the new Whitney coming along? This past December, the last steel beam was installed in the new Meatpacking District location. Whitney cochairman Brooke Garber Neidich seemed excited, albeit a little anxious for the final stages of the project. "We're on schedule, on budget, and set to open in May 2015. But that's not very long at all in museum years!"

Dinner was nostalgic, a little less rowdy than the Whitney's Studio Party, and guests got to share what they love most about the museum on the brink of its new location's opening. "I love the Whitney," Diane von Furstenberg told "But I loved when I heard they were moving downtown." That means no more treks up to Madison Avenue for DVF—the new site is just a stone's throw over The Standard hotel from her headquarters on Fourteenth Street.

After an acoustic performance of songs by Martha Wainwright, Krakoff opened up about his personal relationship with the Whitney. When they first met, he and wife Delphine would sneak away from work together. "We thought the most decadent thing in the world was to go to the museum on a Tuesday at 2:20, when nobody was there, and walk hand in hand through the galleries."

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