As you wander the streets of Nyack, you never know when you'll stumble upon a "Hopper Happening".
Edward Hopper, the internationally acclaimed American painter (I just recently discovered that his painting "Nighthawks" is one of only 7 "art" screen savers on my MacBook) was born and raised in Nyack, NY, located on the Hudson River just a few miles north of New York City.
Hopper's childhood home has been preserved as the Edward Hopper House Art Center for the past 40 years; I am fortunate enough to call one of the bedrooms upstairs my studio and admire what was once his view of the world.
Luckily, Nyack hasn't changed much since Hopper walked our streets and sailed our river and I've found in the 20 years that I've lived here, that if you pay attention, wherever you walk in Nyack, you can still see a Hopper happening:
the long shadow on a red brick storefront, the blue sky behind a white turret roof, the fleeting moments when the light from the river hits here and a person stands there and an entire story unfolds...
It doesn't take much to start seeing "Hopper moments" happening everywhere.
From May 21-July 17, 2011, the exhibit EDWARD HOPPER, PRELUDE: THE NYACK YEARS will bring Edward Hopper's work back to the place he grew up, to the place that shaped his iconic vision- a visoin that still inspires filmmakers, photographers, authors, painters and dancers to this day, many of whom also live in Nyack!
To honor this historic occasion, HOPPER HAPPENS (click here to go to the website) will celebrate Hopper's enduring presence and lasting influence by turning the streets of his childhood home into a village-wide "live art" festival of "Hopper Happenings".
What do I mean by a "live art" festival and "Hopper Happenings"?
Well as you wander through Nyack you'll never quite know when you'll stumble upon:
A Hopper "flash mob" of people posed in "Hopperesque" fashion on benches, balconies and porches all throughout downtown Nyack.
Pop-up projections of Hopper's work, and the photographs, paintings and drawings it has inspired, larger than life, on the sides of random buildings
Poems, short stories and plays inspired by Hopper, recited suddenly in unexpected places.
Story tours you can listen to on your phone as you stroll around Nyack.
Film Festivals, inside and outside, featuring movies inspired by Hopper.
Storefront installations set up to evoke the spirit of Hopper paintings, and occupied by members of Hopper flash mobs.
Hopper Happens will offer an opportunity for everyone passing through Nyack to experience the remarkable talent and creativity of this community and to see how "we need not look for Hopper in order to find him. We may encounter him by chance at random places where his world intersects our own." VICTOR BURGIN
Your generous donations will help me cover the expense of coordinating and operating the festival AND help make it possible for me to document these happening as they unfold for a future installation called "Chasing Edward Hopper".
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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A sincere "thank you", said out loud in one of Hopper's childhood bedrooms and I will add your name to start getting "Hopper alerts" so you have a heads up for the next "Hopper Happening"
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A heartfelt thank you said out loud, in the attic of the Hopper House, which was once his studio. His wonderful drawing of the attic appears in the current exhibit "Edward Hopper, Prelude: The Nyack Years" . I will also send you a commemorative "Year of Edward Hopper" stamp, designed by me for the exhibit (yes it's a real stamp) and I'll sign you up to get Hopper alerts.
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A limited edition signed postcard print of a Hopper Happening sent to you with a commemorative "Year of Edward Hopper" stamp and "Hopper alerts"
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11 backers Limited (89 left of 100)
A series of 5 limited edition postcard prints of Hopper Happenings mailed to you with an a commemorative "Year of Edward Hopper" stamp for you to use or keep, "Hopper alerts" and I'll add your name to our list of "friends" on the website.
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7 backers Limited (93 left of 100)
A limited edition signed hand-made souvenir book documenting "Hopper Happenings", "Hopper alerts", listing on the website and a hug when you stop by a Hopper Happening- make sure you introduce yourself.
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A set of 2 limited edition signed hand-made souvenir books documenting Hopper Happenings and 5 Year of Edward Hopper stamps
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A set of 3 limited edition signed hand-made souvenir books, 10 "Year of Edward Hopper Stamps", "Hopper alerts", listing on the website, in larger font size and a shout out at a "Hopper Happening" (make sure you let me know when you're coming) *please note- if you give $100: your name will also be added to the website and a shout out!
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A set of 5 limited edition books, 20 stamps, a 8 x 10 print on archival paper of your choice, mention on the website, in slightly bigger font with a star next to your name, under the heading "Hopper Happens Heroes", a shout out, a ticket to the exhibit "Edward Hopper, Prelude: The Nyack Years" PLUS your name projected on the side of a building as part of a Hopper Happening. I'll send you an email with a picture!
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A set of 10 limited edition books, 20 stamps, an 11 x17 print on archival paper of your choice, mention on the website, in even bigger font under the heading "Hopper Happens Angels", a shout out, a guided tour, by me, of the exhibit "Edward Hopper, Prelude: the Nyack Years" PLUS your name projected on the side of a building AND I'll send you a postcard capturing the moment using, you guessed it, a Hopper stamp.
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I will host your very own "Hopper Happening" at a site in Nyack of your choice PLUS I will create a series of commemorative limited edition hand made souvenir books capturing the whole experience for you to keep!
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I will host your very own "Hopper Happening", create a set of books AND a short video for vimeo and youtube PLUS I will seriously consider naming my next cat or dog after you.
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