Monday, November 25, 2013

Edward Hopper and Walker Evans discussed in documentary viewing and lecture at the Maier

Two upcoming events at the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College will focus on two American artists who realistically documented the lives of everyday in the 20th century, even as many of their peers modern European styles of art.

Mrs. Scott's House by Edward Hopper is part of the collection
at the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College.
At 1 p.m. on December 2, the Maier will screen the documentary Edward Hopper: A National Gallery of Art Film which discusses the painter and printmaker’s works and influences, The documentary combines archival photographs and film with current footage of locations that he painted. Actor and art collector Steve Martin narrates the film.

One week later, on December 9 at 1 p.m., audiences can return to the Maier to learn more about Edward Hopper as well as Walker Evans, a photographer who documented life during the Great Depression, when Jeffrey Allison presents “An American Silence: Walker Evans & Edward Hopper.” Allison, the Paul Mellon Collection educator and statewide programs coordinator for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, will discuss the works of both artists, who distinguished themselves from many of their peers at the beginning of the 20th century by not following the fads towards a European influence, but rather staying true to their own style.

The Maier collection includes works by both Hopper and Evans. In fact, Hopper’s Mrs. Scott’s House was it was the first purchase made possible by the Louise Jordan Smith Fund in 1936.

Allison’s lecture is made possible because the Maier’s is an educational partner with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Earlier this semester, this educational partnership brought Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda to discuss ekphrastic poetry at the Maier.