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".
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