Stockbridge, MA, July 11, 2014—In conjunction with its current exhibition, “The Unknown Hopper: Edward Hopper as Illustrator,” Norman Rockwell Museum will present an evening talk about Edward Hopper’s drawings, with Whitney Museum of American Art curator Carter E. Foster on Saturday, July 19, starting at 5:30 p.m. Foster, the Steven and Ann Ames Curator of Drawing at the Whitney, will examine how Hopper used drawing to develop his paintings, recording his direct observations of the world as well as his imaginative transformations. Foster was the curator for the Whitney’s 2013 exhibition, “Hopper Drawing,” which surveyed Edward Hopper’s significant and underappreciated achievements as a draftsman; a book signing and reception will follow. Admission to the talk is free for Museum members, or with general Museum admission.
The Unknown Hopper: Edward Hopper as Illustrator
On view through October 26, 2014
Many noted American modernists have successfully traversed the worlds of fine art and illustration, embracing innovation while satisfying in unique and personal ways the needs and wants of a broad popular audience. “The Unknown Hopper: Edward Hopper as Illustrator” presents a comprehensive study of Edward Hopper’s nearly 20- year illustration career, featuring more than 50 original drawings and paintings by Hopper. These include important works from the Whitney Museum of American Art, through a bequest from the artist’s wife, Josephine N. Hopper; New Britain Museum of American Art; Mead Art Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and other collections.
Attitudes toward art and the crosscurrents of contemporary commercial society during the early to mid twentieth century will be explored in this exhibition, which seeks to provide an integrated understanding of Hopper’s published and personal art.