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Updated: September 6, 2007

National Gallery of Art Offers Exciting Programs Related to Edward Hopper Exhibition
September 26, 2007–January 21, 2008

Washington, DC – The National Gallery of Art will offer a diverse program of lectures, films, concerts, plays, and children’s activities in conjunction with Edward Hopper, on view September 16, 2007–January 21, 2008, in the East Building. The exhibition is the most complete survey of his career ever presented in Washington.
All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more information, call (202) 737-4215, visit the Web site at, or inquire at the Information Desks.

East Building Auditorium, 2:00 p.m.

September 16:
Edward Hopper: An Introduction to the Exhibition
Franklin Kelly, National Gallery of Art, co-curator of the exhibition

Edward Hopper: "A Master Whose Poetry Is Realism"
Carol Troyen, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, co-curator of the exhibition
Book signing to follow both lectures.

November 4:
Edward Hopper Goes to the Movies: Silence and Sound in Painting and Film
Charles O’Brien, School for Studies in Art and Culture, Carleton University, Ottawa

December 2:
Later the Same Evening: an opera inspired by five paintings of Edward Hopper
Meet the composer, John Musto, librettist Mark Campbell, and cast of the opera. A panel discussion moderated by Stephen Ackert will follow. The opera will be performed at 6:30.

US Navy Band Commodores
September 14 and 21, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
Music of New York and Broadway from the 1920s and 1930s

Later the Same Evening: an opera inspired by five paintings of Edward Hopper
Maryland Opera Studio and National Gallery Orchestra
December 2, 6:30 p.m.
East Building Auditorium

A joint project of the National Gallery of Art, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, and the University of Maryland School of Music, the opera was written by Pulitzer Prize–nominated composer John Musto with award-winning librettist Mark Campbell. Leon Major, professor of opera at the University of Maryland School of Music, directs and Glen Cortese conducts the fully staged production.

Edward Hopper
October 15, 19, 22, and 29; November 21 and 26 at 12:00 p.m.
September 19, 20, 21, 25, and 27; October 12, 17, 24, and 31; November 2, 9, 12, and 29; December 14, 17, and 19 at 1:00 p.m.; October 4 at 2:00 p.m.; December 3 and 8 at 3:00 p.m.
Meet at the East Building Information Desk

Edward Hopper—Introductory Slide Overview
September 22 and 29; October 6 and 20 at 10:30 a.m.
September 30; October 14; November 11, 18, and 25; December 9, 16, and 30 at 11:30 a.m.
East Building Small Auditorium

Edward Hopper
East Building Small Auditorium
Monday–Friday, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
East Building Auditorium
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m.

Narrated by actor, writer, and art collector Steve Martin and produced by the Gallery, the documentary film includes archival footage of Hopper and new footage of places that inspired him in New York and New England.  Also featured are interviews with artists Red Grooms and Eric Fischl and Hopper scholars Carol Troyen, Judith Barter, and Avis Berman.

This film was made possible by the HRH Foundation.

The DVD version of this film is available for $19.99 through the National Gallery of Art Shops. To order, call (800) 697-9350 or (202) 842-6002: fax (202)789-3047; or e-mail [email protected]

Edward Hopper and American Movie Culture
October 20 and 27; November 4 at 2:00 p.m.
East Building Auditorium
A three-part program of lectures and films focus on Hopper’s interest in American film. Topics include art and commerce in 1930s New York and Hollywood.


Narrated by Gallery director Earl A. Powell III with commentary by exhibition co-curators Franklin Kelly, National Gallery of Art, Carol Troyen, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Judith Barter, The Art Institute of Chicago. $5 per tour

November 3, 10:00–5:00 p.m.
November 4, 11:00–6:00 p.m.
East Building
Ages 3 and up; no registration required

Children and adults can tour the exhibition using family activity booklets, create works of art using finger paints or oil pastels, and enjoy music performances and films. 

Who’s in the Hopper? An Art Mystery Adventure
Premiere performance: November 3 and 4, 11:30 and 1:00
East Building Auditorium
Ages 6 and up
Required tickets are free and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the auditorium entrance. For more information, call (202) 842-6254.

Written and directed by Mary Hall Surface, this play tells the story of two characters trying to uncover their identity.

The Family Weekend is made possible by the generous support of the global consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.

Family and Youth Programs are made possible in part by the generosity of the Prince Charitable Trust.

November 14, 15, and 16 at 10:30 a.m.
East Building Auditorium
Advance registration beginning September 1 required. (202) 842-6252

Performances of the play Who’s in the Hopper? An Art Mystery Adventure will be presented for grades 3 to 6.  After the performance, students and teachers are invited to tour the Edward Hopper exhibition with special student activity booklets. For more information, call (202) 842-6252.

The 264-page, fully illustrated exhibition catalogue, with 170 color and 15 black-and-white illustrations, includes essays by exhibition co-curators Carol Troyen, the Kristin and Roger Servison curator of paintings, Art of the Americas, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Judith Barter, the Field-McCormick Chair of American Art at The Art Institute of Chicago, and others. The catalogue is available for sale in the Gallery Shops for $45 (softcover) and $65 (hardcover).  To order, call (800) 697-9350 or (202) 842-6002; fax (202) 789-3047; or e-mail [email protected]

The National Gallery of Art has developed a comprehensive Web feature that investigates the main themes in Hopper's art, presents an extensive timeline of his works, allows a closer look into some of his iconic images, and screens a three-minute teaser of the exhibition film.


Edward Hopper is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; National Gallery of Art, Washington; and The Art Institute of Chicago.

The exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington is made possible by a generous grant from the global consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.

General Information

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