06/17/2010 02:28 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Renzo Piano Tinkers With Whitney's Downtown Expansion

As expansion efforts go, the Whitney Museum of American Art's record of futility is hard to match. Over 25 years it commissioned six expansion designs for its Upper East Side site, each of which, good or bad, ran up against a similar fate: killed in infancy by the neighborhood's notoriously conservative community board or subjected to a drawn-out death by the board's indecisiveness.