More Hopper Talks Coming Up!

VT and LBI July 2013 084The Edward Hopper exhibition at the Middlebury College Museum of Art is now closed (alas!), and the original watercolors and drawings that Hopper made in Vermont are now on their way back to their permanent homes in other museums and private collections. 

Fortunately, you can still see full color reproductions of Hopper’s watercolors, including five that were not in the Middlebury exhibition, in my book, Edward Hopper in Vermont (University Press of New England, 2012).

In addition, this fall you can hear me talk about Hopper’s time in Vermont and my adventures in researching and writing the book, Edward Hopper in Vermont.  I have presentations, with slides of Hopper’s works and book signings, scheduled for the following dates and locations:

Thursday, September 26, HANOVER, NH
*  Institute for Lifelong Education at Dartmouth (ILEAD), 3:00 P.M.

Sunday, October 6, MANCHESTER, VT
Southern Vermont Arts Center, 2:00 p.m.

Monday, October 7, SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT
Elder Education Enrichment Program, Variety Series #1, 2:00 p.m.

I’ll post the details about each of these presentations in September.  In the meantime, the book is available through your preferred vendor — and of course I urge you to patronize your nearest independent bookseller! 

Bonnie Tocher Clause, Edward Hopper in VermontClause_FNL_web.jpg
University Press of New England, 2012

Cover image: Edward Hopper (1882-1967) painted First Branch of the White River in 1938 while staying on a farm in South Royalton, Vermont. This painting (watercolor over graphite, 55.2 x 68.3 cm) is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

224 pp., 47 illus. (21 color), 6 x 9″
Hardcover, $35.00 • 978-1-61168-328-8
Ebook, $29.99 • 978-1-61168-329-5

Hopper’s Still in Vermont … But Leaving Soon!

Edward Hopper in Vermont, the book visits the exhibition, with author and guest curatorAs I write this, Edward Hopper’s Vermont watercolors and drawings are in Vermont for just 10 more days, until the August 11th closing of the exhibition at the Middlebury College Museum of Art. If you haven’t yet seen this wonderful, unusual exhibition, hie yourself over to Middlebury to get a good look at these beautiful, unique Hoppers, displayed together and in Vermont for the first time — and probably the last time, sad to say.  If you need further convincing, read the glowing comments written by visitors to the exhibition, excerpted and transcribed on the Middebury Museum’s blog.

On August 12th the exhibition will be disassembled. The Hoppers, including the fascinating sequence of watercolors and drawings of scenes along the White River, will be carefully taken down from the walls of the gallery and prepared for crating and shipping back to their individual permanent homes in museums and private collections througout the U.S.  Those that are owned by museums will most likely be put into storage — as they are fragile works that are subject to damage from too much exposure to light — and they may not be put on display again for five or six years or more, even in their home institutions.  Thus I’m not exaggerating when I say that this week may well be your last chance to see them, other than in reproductions!

I will continue to write about Hopper and his Vermont works on my blog, as I still have some back stories to add to those that are in my book, Edward Hopper in Vermont (University Press of New England, 2012). The book includes color plates of all of the Vermont watercolors, the 16 paintings displayed at Middlebury and the 5 works that the Museum was not able to borrow.  I’ll write about those 5 — and why they weren’t at Middlebury — in my next post.  In the meantime, Hopper will soon depart from the Green Mountain State, so be sure to get over to Middlebury to pay him a visit and to wish him a fond farewell.  I for one will do so with a tear in my eye….