Edward Hopper's Bedroom Reimagined
October 2, 2016 - May 31, 2017
Preview and Members Opening October 1, 2016, sponsored by Ned Kelly & Co.
The Edward Hopper House is pleased to announce the restaging of the Edward Hopper's bedroom in the historic house in which he spent the first 28 years of his life and where he visited family throughout his lifetime. The bedroom has been transformed into a showcase designed in period style by Architectural Digest featured designer Ernest de la Torre, and architect Walter Cain.
The staging of Hopper’s bedroom is a fitting acknowledgement of the profound impact the space had on his artistic development. Growing up with a view of the Hudson River from his bedroom window, young Edward Hopper was drawn to its banks. He spent hours at the village docks and shipyards, sketching and watching the building and rigging of boats. The activity on the river is captured in many of Hopper’s early drawings and paintings, and boats and seascapes remained common subjects in his art throughout his life.
Also central to his artistic development was the so-called “Hudson River light” of Nyack. The strong rays of morning sunlight streaming through the east facing windows of his bedroom create shifting patterns of light on the floor and walls. Hopper incorporated these tangible blocks of sunlight into early paintings and many of his later masterpieces. Visitors to this showcase will be able to appreciate all the unique features of the bedroom that so inspired Edward Hopper and led him on his creative path. Due to the historic nature of the house and other limitations, the second floor room is only accessible by the stairs.
We are offering a special opportunity to spend a night in the reimagined bedroom through an online and live auction. Click here for information or to bid.
The live auction will take place at a special event hosted by Ellis Sotheby's International Realty and the Edward Hopper House on October 15, 2016 in Upper Nyack. The event is by invitation only. For further information, please call 845-358-0774.
We are grateful to Ernest de la Torre and Walter Cain for their attention to detail and for the time and energy they put into this project, as well as for the generous loans they contributed. Thank you also to Paul Cavalconte and artists Vincent and Tatiana Capraro for the additional loans, and to Mark Turner of Turner & Turner Painting. Special thanks to Richard Ellis of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty for making this all possible.
Sculpture in the Garden 2016: Santi Hitorangi and James Tyler
June 3 - October 23, 2016
The Edward Hopper House is pleased to present Sculpture in the Garden 2016 featuring the work of James Tyler and Santi Hitorangi.
Santi Hitorangi will be showing some of his carved stone sculptures. As a member of the Hitorangi Atan clan from his native Rapa Nui (Easter Island), he learned the traditional art of sculpting. His clan was known to be the carvers of thousands of Moai (colossal rock statues) that were made from volcanic rock, which can still be found on the island. In 1998, Hitorangi appeared in the NOVA series, “The Lost Empires,” for which he sculpted a full-scale replica of a Moai. In Rapa Nui’s struggle to gain self-determination, he represents their community in various international forums, including the United Nations and Rio+20.
James Tyler will be exhibiting his Brickhead Assemblage sculptures. The Brickheadinstallations are unique colossal heads that invite us to identify with the world’s ceramic heritages. They bring today’s faces together with pre-Columbian, South American, Native American, Asian, African, and Western influences. For ancient peoples, colossal stone and clay heads, often symbolized their connections with the spirits they worshipped, and these, in turn, often represented the elements, such as rain and sun, or other larger-than-life phenomena, such as death and love. For the Brickhead Assemblages,elements of Tyler’s larger Colossus and Brickhead series are combined with the found object assembly techniques more often associated with the works of folk or ‘outsider’ artists. The result is a striking duality of frivolous absurdity overlaid with what could only be described as a ‘the world is coming to an end’ vision of humanity’s collective doom. These are the sculptural ruins of our own civilization not yet passed.
A Photographic Journey through Hopper's World by Charles Sternaimolo
By searching through Josephine Hopper’s meticulous notes, studying the work of fellow Hopper scholars, checking with local residents and historians, and even walking through an area in search of a “Hopper scene,” photographer Charles Sternaimolo has identified and documented well over 150 places painted by the artist, culminating in a visual comparison through photography of Hopper’s painted locations.
This exhibit was generously underwritten by Donna Cox, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty.