Hopper Home for the Holidays
November 10, 2015 - January 10, 2016
Over the years, Edward Hopper sent numerous illustrated cards and letters to his family during the holidays. These intimate messages reveal a more humorous side to Hopper rarely seen in exhibitions of his work.
This exhibition is generously underwritten by Bonnie Kelly and Wright Bros. Real Estate.
Small Matters of Great Importance: Light & Shadow
Heather Leigh Douglas
Shabnam K. Ghazi
Daniel van Benthuysen
Behind Doors and Through Windows: Reflections on Contemporary Domestic Life
August 20 - October 18, 2015
The original function of the Edward Hopper House was that of a house and home. It is the house where Edward Hopper was born and raised, and where he became an artist. While the building now serves as an art center open to the public, it retains the intimacy and homey feel of its primary identity as a “domestic space.” The 16 artists exhibiting in Behind Doors and Through Windows: Reflections on Contemporary Domestic Life exhibition challenge preconceived notions of what it means to be a domestic space.
In contrast to the sentimental visions of domestic life produced by artists in the 19th Century, the artists in this exhibition employ a variety of techniques and mediums to reveal the complexity of everyday life in the house and home. Challenging the idealized social and familial expectations of family and home, they choose to highlight the layered meanings of relationship tensions, roles, rituals, and personal and cultural traditions.
Curated by Shari Fischberg & Sally Spivack. Exhibiting Artists:
John F. Simon, Jr.: The Ever Present Sun
June 20 - August 16, 2015 in the Main Gallery
For this exhibition John F. Simon, Jr. (b. 1963) takes advantage of technology to create dynamic visual experiences rooted in art historical tradition. Unlike many artists who use digital processes and equipment to make their work, Simon writes his own computer software, a process he finds to be as “personal as a painterly gesture on canvas.” Simon has also created a new site-specific sculptural work for this show that is inspired by Edward Hopper's paintings of urban exteriors.
Simon begins his artistic process by sketching what he calls Divination Drawings, which he shares daily online at www.iclock.com. He allows his non-verbal mind and emotions to guide his hand in mark making. He then studies the daily drawing to discern which persistent marks or symbols can best be activated into the language of code or which should be enlarged as prints or sculpture.
Simon’s software creates imagery on the fly that constantly evolves, sometimes with surprising results, and never repeats. His software is based on simple rules, activated and displayed on a screen, and create more images than anyone can ever see in their lifetime.
HIs larger prints and sculpture use digital processing, 3D modeling, a pen plotter, a laser cutter, a CNC router, and various other pieces of digital fabrication equipment that he has in his studio, to translate his hand gestures in various materials, through the digital and back to the hand.
At the forefront of new media internationally since the 1990s, John F. Simon, Jr.'s work has been widely exhibited and is found in prominent museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, and most recently acquired by the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC.
RELATED EVENT: First Friday, August 7 @ 7 pm, Artist Talk
Elinore Schnurr: Outside Looking In
June 5 – August 2, 2015 in the Hopper Hallway Gallery
To create the paintings in her series, "Outside Looking In," Elinore Schnurr uses a digital camera to capture images of bars and cafes with reflective windows that expose the interior of the spaces while revealing the people and objects on the exterior. Reflections and motion, when caught first with a camera, create transparencies and multiple layers that the artist then weaves into the final paintings. The effect recalls Edward Hopper’s frequent images of subjects viewed through windows or looking out of windows. In particular, Schnurr’s work pays homage to one of Hopper’s most well known paintings, Nighthawks.
Schnurr received a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Arts and has exhibited widely throughout the United States. Her work is in the collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH; the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL; Museum of the City of New York, NY; and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, DC, among others.
Jordan Matter: Hopperesque Dancers Among Us
April 18 – June 14, 2015 in the Main Gallery
Jordan Matter's Dancers Among Us series is a collection of images celebrating all aspects of everyday life. Since 2009, Matter has been photographing dancers “living in the moment” and experiencing the joys and challenges we all face on a daily basis. Matter has compiled a selection of these images into the book, Dancers Among Us (Workman Publishing, 2012).
In choosing work for this exhibition, it became clear that certain themes frequently used by Edward Hopper were present in Matter’s photographs as well. While, for the most part, the Dancers Among Us images project a sense of joy and exuberance, many of the images also reveal the ambiguity, silence, and introspection for which Edward Hopper is known. Lighting contrasts and settings, including train platforms and diners, often recall Hopper as well.
Matter and his work have been featured on television, in print and in galleries throughout the world, including ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, The Today Show, BBC, The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, and the Savina Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, Korea. Dancers Among Us is a New York Times bestseller, and has been selected as “Best Book” by Oprah Magazine, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and NPR.
Curated by Carole Perry
RELATED EVENT: First Friday, May 1 @ 7 pm - Jordan Matter will discuss his work and do a "Dancers Among Us" photo shoot at Edward Hopper House
Philip Koch: Landscapes and Hopper Interiors
February 14 - April 12, 2015
Edward Hopper House presents a selection of paintings and drawings by Philip Koch (b. 1948), including large. vibrant landscape paintings as well as smaller oils and charcoal drawings of the interiors of both Edward Hopper’s Truro, MA, studio and of Hopper’s Nyack home.
At the start of his career in the late 1960s, Koch was an abstract painter, but he soon turned to a more realist style when, he says, “[Edward] Hopper came along and tapped me on the shoulder.” Since 1983, Koch has had 15 residencies in Hopper’s home and studio in Truro, MA, on Cape Cod. He has also painted in Hopper’s bedroom at the Edward Hopper House. Spending time in the spaces inhabited by Hopper, seeing the same views, and experiencing the play of light and shadow in the rooms and on the surrounding houses has provided Koch with a unique understanding of Hopper’s work and process. Koch has used that understanding as a guide as he has forged his own artistic identity.
Koch, who is a Senior Professor of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, makes regular sojourns to upstate New York and New England, following in the footsteps and painting the same views as the likes of Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer, and the Hudson River School artists he so admires. "Each generation" says Koch "needs a new image of what our earth looks like in our time. There will always be a need for landscape painters to show us where we live."
Friday, March 6, 7 pm - Artist Gallery talk by Philip Koch. Exhibiting artist Philip Koch will discuss his work and process and its connection to Edward Hopper.