This is the first comprehensive exhibition devoted to Edward Hopper’s artistic production in Maine between 1914 and 1929. While there has been no shortage of exhibitions devoted to Hopper, very little attention has been paid to the fruitful summers he spent here. Indeed, Hopper summered in Maine nine times, painting and sketching in Ogunquit, Monhegan, Rockland, Cape Elizabeth, Two Lights, and Portland, among other sites. Many of these early plein-air oil paintings have rarely been exhibited. Bringing together approximately 90 paintings, watercolors, drawings, and prints, this exhibition offers a crucial reassessment of the significance of this period for the artist’s later body of work.
Edward Hopper's Maine is organized in association with the Whitney Museum of American Art. This exhibition will feature works loaned from many public institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Yale University Art Gallery, the Harvard University Art Museums, and the Carnegie Museum of Art, as well as from private collections. Edward Hopper’s Maine will be accompanied by a fully illustrated scholarly catalogue published by DelMonico Books – Prestel. Renowned Hopper scholar Carol Troyen contributes the lead essay, and other authors include actor/writer/collector Steve Martin; Curator of Drawings at the Whitney Museum, Carter Foster; and poet and translator Vincent Katz.
John Wilmerding, Christopher Binyon Sarofim '86 Professor of American Art Emeritus, Princeton University
5:00 p.m., Room 151, Cleaveland Hall
6:00 to 7:30 p.m., Bowdoin College Museum of Art