August – September 2015 Happenings at Edward Hopper House Art Center


John F. Simon, Jr.: The Ever Present Sun

Continues through August 16, 2015 in the Main Gallery

John F. Simon, Jr. (b. 1963) is known for his software-based installations and projections, often using computers to activate ideas from the history of painting. For this exhibition, Simon created a site-specific, freestanding sculptural work that is inspired by Edward Hopper’s paintings of urban exteriors. Simon is particularly interested in the way Hopper juxtaposes various styles of New York City architecture in his paintings. Simon shares Hopper’s fascination with ornate cornices, brick and plaster finishes, window frames that vary from building to building, and the extremes of color, light, and shadow that play across their surfaces.

Using pencil sketching, 3D modeling, and CNC milling, Simon takes advantage of the latest digital fabrication techniques to exaggerate perspective and simulate shadow, building and mixing several facade styles in alternating patterns. He will also show several of his earlier software “art appliances,” the imagery and style of which relate to his love of the architectural styles of New York City. Among the works shown will be: ComplexCity (2000), Window (2001) and Endless Bounty (2005)–all works of software art that explore the themes of city life, color and light.

Related events:

Friday, August 7th @ 7 pm, Artist Gallery Talk with John F. Simon, Jr.


Behind Doors and Through Windows: Reflections on Contemporary Domestic Life

August 22-October18, 2015 in the Main Gallery

Opening reception Saturday, August 29, 5-7 PM

Curators: Shari Fischberg & Sally Spivack

Edward Hopper House presents a group exhibition featuring 16 artists who challenge traditional notions of home and domestic life. In the 19th Century, many artists produced sentimental visions of life and the idyllic family. By contrast, the artists in this exhibition employ a variety of techniques and mediums to reveal the complexity of everyday life. Reexamining the idealized social and familial expectations of family and home, they choose to highlight the layered meanings of relationship tensions, roles, rituals, and personal and cultural traditions.

Artists included in this exhibition: Adam Brent, Borinquen Gallo, Sarah Holcomb & Patrick Sandefur, Daniel Kazimierski, Tara Kopp, Eileen McAvery, Ingrid Menendez, Brittany Miller, Josh Millis, Shervone Neckles, Eileen Brady Nelson, Kristen Nelson, Jeanie Neyer, Christine Randolph, David Spear, Traci Talasco.

Sculpture in the Garden 2015

Through October 4, 2015

Edward Hopper House presents a selection of large-scale sculpture in the garden once again this year with a group show organized by Eric David Laxman. Exhibiting artists: Thea Lanzisero, Eric David Laxman, Elaine Lorenz, and Conrad Levenson.

Edward Hopper– Early Work and Memorabilia

Ongoing in the Sanborn Gallery and Hopper Bedroom

Early drawings, paintings, and etchings, together with memorabilia, including model boats made by Hopper, paint boxes, and an easel, are presented on an ongoing basis.

Artists of the Month 2015

Artist members of the Edward Hopper House are invited to display work in the Edward Hopper House gift shop each month with receptions on First Fridays.

August: Kelly Ann Monaghan. Reception August 7, 6-7 pm

September: Chris Dabagian. Reception September 4, 6-7 pm


Music in the Garden Jazz Series, photo courtesy of Edward Hopper House

Music in the Garden Summer Jazz Concert Series 2015

Thursdays at 7:30 PM

The 35th year of summer jazz concerts at the Edward Hopper House, featuring:

Aug. 6 – Dom Cicchetti Trio

Aug. 13- Ben Kono Group (made by possible by a grant from Chamber Music America)

Please bring a lawn chair or blankets. Refreshments available. Rain location Grace Church.


Edward Hopper House Art Center & Rivertown Film Present: Maciste All’Inferno (Italy,1926, Director: Guido Brignone, Running time: 95 min) with live original score by SEXMOB (Sexmob Plays Fellini, Din of Inequity, Sexmob Does Bond).

Monday, August 10, 2015 at dusk (Rain date AUGUST 12 at dusk)

Internationally renowned local bandleader, composer, arranger & trumpeter Steven Bernstein will lead his Grammy award nominated band SEXMOB in a performance of an original score for this seminal Italian silent era film that inspired Federico Fellini to become a filmmaker. Tickets $20 – for tickets, contact Edward Hopper House at 845-358-0774 or visit


FIRST FRIDAY TALKS – Free to the public, $5 suggestion donation.

Friday, August 7 @ 7 PM: John F. Simon, Jr. Gallery Lecture,

From the design of his unique software art to the compute-fabricated aspects of his 3-D work, exhibiting artist John F. Simon, Jr. will discuss his process and vision and help you to ee these complex creations in a new way.


September 4 @ 7 PM: George Way: A Lifetime of Collecting Dutch Art

Way shares his experiences from several decades of collecting Dutch fine art and artifacts.

Consisting mainly of 17th century art from Holland and the low countries, Mr. Way’s collection would likely make Edward Hopper and his Dutch forebears proud. Way, who lives on Staten Island, has been a collector since the age of 15. From a novice, to a collector, to a connoisseur, his collection has grown to become the most definitive private collection of 17th century Dutch art and artifacts in the United States.

Highlights from his collection are currently on view through November 15, 2015 in the exhibition “From Holland to Here” at the Orangetown Historical Museum & Archives in Orangeburg, New York.



Small Matters of Great Importance: Light & Shadow Annual Juried Show

October 24, 2015 – January 3, 2016
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 1, 2015
JUROR: Lisa Panzera, Senior Director of Fergus McCaffrey, New York
Edward Hopper House Art Center welcomes applicants to its 22nd annual Small Matters of Great Importance juried exhibition, held in two gallery rooms of Edward Hopper’s birthplace and childhood home, now a non-profit art center and museum. The exhibition celebrates small works that make big statements despite their size.
Theme: In keeping with Edward Hopper-related themes, this year all submissions should focus on Light & Shadow. Light was an important expressive tool for Edward Hopper. As he said, “What I wanted to do was paint light on the side of a house.” We invite artists to submit work that features light and/or shadow as a key element. For information and to enter, go to:

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