Wendell Minor To Debut New Edward Hopper Picture Book During  Museum’s Family Festival Day

Wendell Minor, illustration for "Edward Hopper Paints His World," 2014

Wendell Minor, illustration for “Edward Hopper Paints His World” by Robert Burleigh and Wendell Minor, 2014. Published by Henry Holt and Co. ©Wendell Minor. All rights reserved.

Stockbridge, MA, August 8, 2014—Illustrator Wendell Minor will debut his latest picture book, “Edward Hopper Paints His World,” during a special family festival day to be held at Norman Rockwell Museum on Saturday, August 16, from 1 to 4 p.m. Minor and collaborator/author Robert Burleigh will sign copies of the book, which shares Hopper’s remarkable journey to become one of America’s most admired artists. At 3 p.m., join Norman Rockwell Museum Chief Curator Stephanie Plunkett for a talk that examines illustration in the early 20th century, a time when both Hopper and Norman Rockwell were just starting out in the field. The afternoon will also include storytelling and art-making for all. The day is presented in conjunction with the Museum’s new exhibition, “The Unknown Hopper: Edward Hopper as Illustrator,” which looks at a little-known aspect of the realist master’s career. Admission is free for Museum members, or with regular Museum admission.

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

Norman Rockwell Museum presents “Edward Hopper in Vermont,” a talk with author Bonnie Tocher Clause on Thursday, August 14, starting at 5:30 p.m. Ms. Tocher Clause will discuss Hopper’s discovery of Vermont’s scenic beauty, and the two dozen paintings that he was inspired to create during the period of 1927 and 1936. A book signing with the author will follow. The event is free for Museum members, or with regular 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.