By Terry Trucco
The museum, a magnificent eight-story creation from architect Renzo Piano, boasts three terraces looking directly onto the Standard (and into its infamous windows). The roof of Hotel Gansevoort Meatpacking District is also visible in a supporting role.
And the canary deck chair in the foreground? It’s part of artist Marilyn Heilman’s deck-top installation Sunset, a galaxy of outdoor armchairs in upbeat hues that doubles as seating.
From a deck chair you can pan your gaze over to the eastern skyline encompassing Meatpacking District rooftops and the Empire State Building, which celebrates the Whitney (and its own 84th birthday) with a one-time-only light show on May 1 interpreting artworks by Georgia O’Keeffe, Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol, Peter Halley and Barbara Kruger, among others, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. It’s almost summer. Let the rooftop entertainments begin.