Edward Hopper and Photography / Collecting Calder
Jul 17–Oct 19, 2014

A painting by Edward Hopper. A woman and man sit in the sun on a second-story balcony.

Edward Hopper (1882–1967), Second Story Sunlight, 1960. Oil on canvas, 40 3/16 x 50 1/8in. (102.1 x 127.3 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Friends of the Whitney Museum of American Art  60.54. © Whitney Museum of American Art. Photograph by Sheldan C. Collins

By reducing all elements in his composition to their essential geometries and treating light as a palpable presence, Edward Hopper imbued his images of everyday life with what the American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson called an “alienated majesty.” One of two permanent collection displays on the Museum’s fifth-floor mezzanine, Edward Hopper and Photography pairs Hopper paintings from the Whitney’s permanent collection with the work of contemporary photographers who share an interest in elevating everyday subject matter by manipulating light. The six photographers represented in this presentation, Gregory Crewdson, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, William Eggleston, Steve Fitch, Todd Hido, and Stephen Shore, record mundane subjects but endow their photographs with emotional poignancy and mystery similar to that in Hopper’s art.

Edward Hopper and Photography is organized by Barbara Haskell, Curator.