Press Preview and Members’ Opening Reception:
Thursday, March 19, 2020, 6:30-8:30 PM
March 20 - June 14, 2020
Curated by Carole Perry
We are all collectors of objects. 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.
For the exhibition, five artists--Shervone Neckles, Vik Muniz, Tony Oursler, Jean Shin, and Hank Willis Thomas—will present objects from childhood that have emotional resonance for them. They will display 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.
Object Lessons is central to EHH's mission of celebrating Edward Hopper's legacy. In addition to its setting in Hopper’s family home, it will incorporate some of the art and artifacts from the Sanborn Hopper Family Archive and from the museum’s permanent collection. Those objects provide a unique opportunity to experience aspects of Hopper’s youth that helped shape his artistic development. Object Lessons will offer similar insight into contemporary artists, suggesting the lasting power of early influences on artists of all kinds.
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.
Adrien Broom: Holding Space
Informed by a rich education in fine and decorative art in Florence and London, Broom’s photographs combine the sensuality of classical painting with the modern techniques of photography. Broom has recently partnered with Historic Artist’s Homes and Studios and The American Writers Museum's affiliate program to create enlivened images of historic artist’s and writer’s homes. With the Mark Twain House, Florence Griswold House, Alice Austen house and soon the Pollock-Krasner house, Edward Hopper’s House is the photographer’s favorite artist. Broom currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.