Photo from "The Unknown Hopper" exhibition at Norman Rockwell Museum.

Photo from “The Unknown Hopper: Edward Hopper as Illustrator” exhibition at Norman Rockwell Museum.

Stockbridge, MA, July 27, 2014—In conjunction with its current exhibition, “The Unknown Hopper: Edward Hopper as Illustrator,” Norman Rockwell Museum will present the lecture, “Inside Hopper’s World: A Contemporary Painter’s View,” on Thursday, July 31, starting at 5:30 p.m. Painter Philip Koch will discuss Edward Hopper’s life on Cape Cod and take a comparative look at the artist’s paintings and illustrations. Koch is a Senior Professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art and, since 1983, has had repeated residencies at Hopper’s studio in Truro, Massachusetts, where the realist master worked for thirty years. A reception will follow the lecture, which is presented as part of “Edward Hopper’s World,” a Thursday evening talk and performance series looking at the career of the celebrated painter. The event is free for Museum members or with regular Museum admission.

About Philip Koch

Early on Philip Koch was inspired by the color and energy of modern art. Through his paintings he casts his modernist influenced eye back on the long tradition of American landscape panoramas from the 19th century. Based in Baltimore, he travels frequently to New England and upstate New York to paint in the same locations that inspired Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer, and the Hudson River School artists he admires. A former abstract artist, Koch was inspired by seeing the work of Edward Hopper to change to working in a realist direction. Learn more at the artist’s website:

Thursday Evening Talk and Performance Series
Edward Hopper’s World
Thursdays, July 31, August 7, 14, 21, 28, 5:30 p.m.

Explore the life and art of Edward Hopper, whose career as an illustrator is highlighted in the exhibition, “The Unknown Hopper: Edward Hopper as Illustrator,” on view through October 26, 2014 at Norman Rockwell Museum. A reception will follow each program. Free for Museum members or with regular Museum admission.

Sentimental Journey: Clothing in the Art of Hopper and Rockwell
Thursday, August 7, 5:30 p.m.

Clothing historian Lynda Meyer will explore the influences on fashion in the early 1900s, as featured in the art of Edward Hopper and Norman Rockwell.

Edward Hopper in Vermont
Thursday, August 14, 5:30 p.m.

Author Bonnie Tocher Clause will discuss Edward Hopper’s visits to Vermont between 1927 and 1936, and the artist’s singular interpretations of the region.

Edward Hopper: Light and Shadow
Thursday, August 21, 5:30 p.m.

A cappella group Quintessential will present an evening of song inspired by the work of Edward Hopper.

The Unknown Hopper: Edward Hopper as Illustrator
Thursday, August 28, 5:30 p.m.

Norman Rockwell Museum’s Chief Curator, Stephanie Haboush Plunkett will explore the little-known 20-year illustration career of Edward Hopper, and discuss the teachers and fellow artists who helped shape his vision.