Seamen in The Whitney


“I think the picture portrays an enjoyable side of Navy life. I think it would make a good recruiting poster. I will raise my prices.”
—Paul Cadmus (1904–1999), his response that “Sailors and Floozies” was an offensive portrayal of U.S. Navy sailors.

© Walk About New York / “Sailors and Floozies” by Paul Cadmus

As of 2015 New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art has a new home. It has returned to its roots, Downtown Manhattan. The Museum was founded by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (1875-1942) at Eight West Eighth Street in 1931. Although the new location is further west and to the north, it has left the confines of the corporate office towers on Madison Avenue in Midtown for what has become known as the Meat Packing District. The Whitney is directly next to the entrance to the High Line, New York’s elevated park that has become a magnet for those seeking to stroll a former…

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