57 works by Edward Hopper on display all summer at Indianapolis Museum of Art

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57 works by Edward Hopper on display all summer at Indianapolis Museum of Art
Edward Hopper (American, 1882–1967), Western Motel, 1957, oil on canvas, 30-5/8 × 50-1/2 in. Yale University Art Gallery, Bequest of Stephen C. Clarke, B.A., 1903, 1961.18.32 © 2020 Heirs of Josephine N. Hopper / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.

INDIANAPOLIS, IND.- Explore the highly-anticipated exhibition, Edward Hopper and the American Hotel at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields from July 19, 2020 through October 25, 2020. This exhibition is welcoming guests back inside the IMA Galleries for the first time since mid-March. Travel back in time to experience the iconic American painter like never before in this major loan exhibition.

“Newfields is thrilled to welcome guests back inside the Indianapolis Museum of Art with this major exhibition,” said Dr. Charles L. Venable, the Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO of Newfields. While Hopper has long been considered one of the most important American masters, interest in his work has soared during this period of anxiousness and isolation. His depictions of individuals alone in their hotel rooms and even completely empty rooms have even more relevance now.”

The exhibition features 57 of Edward Hopper’s (1882-1967) paintings, drawings, watercolors and magazine covers–including the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s iconic Hotel Lobby—that show his fascination with commonplace hospitality settings of the time. Hopper’s work is often explored through a lens of loneliness, but American Hotel provides a different context for the celebrated American artist’s work. Guests will discover how 20th-century Americans participated in travel culture, depending on their race, gender, and class; and see how Hopper’s works fit into a larger tradition of the role of the hotel in art. Hopper’s paintings and works on paper are being presented alongside 31 works by over 20 other artists including Derrick Adams, David Hockney, Cindy Sherman and John Singer Sargent.

The works are accompanied by firsthand accounts of travel culture in Hopper’s time in the form of photographs, postcards and personal stories from Americans of different walks of life. While the white artist and his wife Josephine ‘Jo” Nivision Hopper could check into virtually any hotel of their choice in the mid-20th century, this was not true for Black Americans nor single women because of racism and sexism. These facts are highlighted in the show to give a more accurate depiction of hotel culture in America during this time.

The exhibition features a life-size recreation of Hopper’s Western Motel painting that invites guests to peer into a mid-century modern getaway, much like the woman painted in the original scene. After a long day of travel (through Newfields) stop by Pop-Up: Hotel Bar, just steps away from the exhibition space, to sip cocktails that were popular among Americans during this time.

Edward Hopper and the American Hotel was organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, in partnership with the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields. The exhibition was conceived and curated by Dr. Leo G. Mazow, the Virginia Museum of Fine Art’s Louise B. and J. Hartwood Cochrane Curator of American Art, and curated for the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields by Anna Stein, Assistant Curator of Works on Paper.

“There have been so many exhibitions and books written about the famous Edward Hopper. This one takes an especially thoughtful and creative approach to de-mystifying a great artist,” said Stein. “Dr. Mazow has brought together a stunning group of artworks that can rarely be seen together, and our team is so excited to present them in Indianapolis.”

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