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Public Lecture: Josephine Nivison Hopper: Edward’s Muse
March 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pmFree
Elizabeth Thompson Colleary will discuss the art and themes of the exhibition, “Josephine Nivison Hopper: Edward’s Muse” at the Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center (on view to March 20). This exhibition explores the work of Josephine (‘Jo’) Nivison Hopper (1883-1968) and her influence on the creative vision of her partner Edward Hopper (1882-1967), as they painted many a watercolor side-by side during their courtship and 43-year marriage. Thompson Colleary will bring into focus Jo Nivison Hopper’s coming into her own as a painter and ‘modern woman’ in bohemian Greenwich Village and explore her 1924 marriage to Edward Hopper and the historical context of their 43-year union. When Jo stepped into her role as Edward’s wife, she then served as his sole model, agent and manager, social secretary, and record keeper, investing herself in his career. Would Edward have ascended to the canon of American masters without Jo?
After the lecture, attendees can visit the EHH exhibit for free, from 3- 5pm.