The Edward Hopper House Museum is pleased to present Human in Nature: The Art & Wit of Rodney Smith, from December 7th, 2019 to March 8th, 2020. The exhibition features 20 black & white and color photographs, illustrating Smith’s enduring love of nature. Smith’s magical images are instantly recognizable for the way they combine surrealism, style and humor, in the first major US exhibition of his prints since his untimely passing two years ago.
A longtime resident of Snedens Landing, Smith lived and worked in the same environment that shaped Edward Hopper. Similarities in their art abound – a sense of design and composition, use of light and shadow, and the perfect integration of portraiture and landscape.
“In Smith’s enchanted world, balance produces beauty, laughter and whimsydance hand in hand, and things are not always what they seem. The photographs offer a perfect blend of reverie and reality.” -Jonathan Stuhlman, art writer and curator
Rodney Lewis Smith (1947–2016) was born in New York City. He found his artistic inspiration while visiting the permanent collection of photography at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) during his junior year in college. After graduating from the University of Virginia in 1970, he went on to earn a master’s degree in theology from Yale University, while minoring in photography under Walker Evans. Smith passed away unexpectedly at age 68, leaving behind a large archive of work now being discovered. His photography is collected by major museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and by individuals around the world.
For more information, visit: edwardhopperhouse.org/rodneysmith
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