Curated by Leslie Smolan
December 6, 2019 – March 8, 2020
Members Opening & Reception: Friday, December 6, 2019
Every few years a photographer emerges on the world stage with a unique voice and vision that immediately sets their work apart from anyone else. Cartier Bresson, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Annie Leibovitz, …. each has a style and approach that defines their era and distinguishes them from other talented but more predictable image makers.
A longtime resident of Sneden’s Landing, he also lived in the same environment that shaped Edward Hopper. With a broad and passionate fan base, Smith’s images embody a magical combination of style, wit and whimsy. Rodney taps into shared emotional feelings that transcend borders or language – like hope, happiness and curiosity.
New York Times Obituary
NY Times Slideshow
The Epoch Times
Curated by Carole Perry
Small items store great meaning for us, especially those we discover as children. When objects travel with us to adulthood, in fact or in memory, they retain their power—as symbols, as touchstones for expression, as connectors to our past. The legacy of such items, and their role in developing an artist’s sensibility, is the theme of the exhibition.
Deborah Kass, Vik Muniz, Tony Oursler, Jean Shin, and Hank Willis Thomas will present objects from childhood that have emotional resonance for them, displaying their objects alongside recent work to illustrate the link between youthful influence and mature artistic expression. We will also present items from Edward Hopper’s youth together with his mature work, revealing ways in which such objects forecast themes in his art.
The participating artists’ processes vary widely, but all respond to the symbolic content of objects in intriguing ways. By including such a diverse group of artists, Object Lessons will allow visitors to explore how the nascent sensibilities of childhood shape one's development, resulting in an unpredictable spectrum of unique artistic identities.
Curated by Shari Lin Fischberg
Recently deceased, Barkley Hendricks will be highlighted by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City. We are currently exploring curatorial and conceptual connections between Hopper and Hendrick’s images where each has leaned into using compositions “figures within the city” and “figure-less in the country.” Jack Shainman will be emphasizing figurative compositions, whereas Edward Hopper House will be widening the view to include Hendricks’ landscapes. Hendricks’ landscapes have a similar single focus and abstracted quality as Hopper’s landscape. Opening a “porthole” to views both sublime and antiseptic, Hendricks’ landscapes hint at a similar aloneness often seen in Hopper’s landscapes.
Ellsworth Kelly: The River Lithographs
Curated by Carole Perry
The (Hudson) River was a major source of inspiration for Edward Hopper in his youth. Ellsworth Kelly’s (1923-2015) interest in the river and the effects of light and shadow, as well the inspiration of Paris, have echoes in Hopper’s work. This exhibition will highlight that connection.