Tuesday, May 21:
The Hoppers are hung at the Middlebury College Museum of Art, and exhibition designer Ken Pohlman is putting the finishing touches on a beautiful installation, an elegantly simple setting for Hopper’s wonderful watercolors of Vermont.
But no spoilers here! You’ll have to go and see this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition for yourself, opening on Thursday, May 23, and running through August 11. It’s free and open to the public,as is the official opening event on Friday, June 7. See the Middlebury Museum’s web site for details.
Thursday, May 23:
With a host of Hopper happenings, May 23 could be designated “Edward Hopper Day 2013.” May 23 is the opening day for not just one but two exhibitions of Edward Hopper’s works, both “firsts” for their particular scope, focus, and content.
In addition to Edward Hopper in Vermont in Middlebury, an unusual Hopper exhibition opens at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Hopper Drawing is billed by the Whitney as “the first major museum exhibition to focus on the drawings and creative process of Edward Hopper.”
The two exhibitions–in Vermont and in New York–are nicely complementary, as there are five Hopper drawings in the Middlebury show of Vermont works. Four of these are on loan from the Whitney and one is from a private collector, and they have rarely, if ever, been displayed. Hopper made these five drawings on trips into Vermont between 1927 and 1938 as he was scouting for scenes to paint. As preparatory drawings for watercolors, they show Hopper’s interest in the details of the landscape–trees on a hillside, rock formations in the river–and they evidence his process in developing compositions for paintings.
Also on May 23 in New York City is Christie’s auction of two Hopper works, Blackwell’s Island (oil, 1928) and Kelly Jenness House (watercolor, 1932). These two works are predicted to fetch record-breaking prices for Hoppers. You can watch the bidding online Thursday morning–and fantasize that you’re in the room and raising your card!
Well, we can’t all own a Hopper, but at least we have plenty of chances to visit them in great museums this summer!