DAVID HAMMONS: DAY’S END at the Whitney Museum

Day’s End, a proposed public art project by the immensely influential New York-based artist David Hammons, derives its inspiration and name from Gordon Matta-Clark’s 1975 artwork in which he cut five openings into the original Pier 52 shed. Hammons’s artwork would be an open structure that precisely follows the outline, dimensions, and location of the original shed—and like Matta-Clark’s work, it would offer an extraordinary place to experience the waterfront and view the sunset. Affixed to the shore on the south edge of Gansevoort Peninsula, the structure would extend over the water, employing the thinnest possible support system. It would appear evanescent and ethereal, seeming to shimmer and almost disappear, changing with the light of day and atmospheric conditions. Hammons’s Day’s End also alludes to the history of New York’s waterfront—from the heyday of its shipping industry to the reclaimed piers that became a gathering place for the gay community. Open to everyone, the artwork would allow easy access to the river’s edge.

Start Date

October 1, 2020

End Date

December 31, 2020


10:30 PM - 06:00 PM


Hudson River Greenway, New York, NY 10014

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