NEW YORK - The Whitney Museum of American Art will open its new downtown Manhattan home next year with an exhibition of works from its permanent collection, followed by shows dedicated to artists including Archibald Motley and Frank Stella, museum officials said recently.

Officials made the announcement at the unfinished facility, offering a behind-the-scenes look as construction continues at the space next to the High Line elevated park and looking out on the Hudson River. The new museum is expected to open in next spring.

The inaugural show will use more than 60,000-square-feet of indoor and outdoor exhibition area to showcase items from the Whitney's collection.

Along with Motley and Stella, showcased artists will include Laura Poitras and David Wojnarowicz, as well as works from the collection of Ethan Wagner and Thea Westreich Wagner.

ORLA - The centerpiece of the new Harry Potter-themed area at Universal Orlando Resort will take visitors into Gringotts bank to help retrieve a magical object and re-create a scene from the wildly popular book and movie series.

Universal executives announced Tuesday that the ride will be called "Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts."

The ride and the themed area will open in the summer.

Among the features of the new ride: a 60-foot dragon atop Gringotts Wizarding Bank, a labyrinth of Gringotts vaults and a marble hall with goblins.

The ride will use 360-degree themed sets, digital high-definition animation, 3-D projection systems and live special effects.

The new themed area will be located at Universal Studios Park.

Associated Press