On David Hammons’s birthday today, we’re excited to be looking ahead to the unveiling this fall of the artist’s latest public art project, Day’s End—a work that was conceived with this modest pencil drawing.
In 2015, when the Whitney was last closed to prepare for the grand opening of our building on Gansevoort Street, Hammons toured the new space with our director, Adam D. Weinberg, who pointed out a famous site in New York City art history directly across from the Museum—the location of the now-demolished Pier 52 where Gordon Matta-Clark staged his iconic 1975 art intervention, Day’s End. Just a few days later, Weinberg received Hammons’s drawing, which the artist simply called a “monument to Gordon Matta-Clark.”
Now, more than five years later, Hammons’s Day’s End is about to become a reality. An open structure that precisely follows the outlines, dimensions, and location of the original pier shed, Hammons’s work will offer New Yorkers and visitors alike an extraordinary place to experience the waterfront while also paying tribute to Matta-Clark and the area’s rich history, from the heyday of its shipping industry to the reclaimed piers that became a gathering place for the LGBTQ community.
Tap the link in our profile to read more about the project and check out renderings of Hammons’s ethereal sculpture at its future home across from the Whitney at Hudson River Park. #HammonsDaysEnd