More than the usual array of celebratory and publicity-oriented activities has attended Edward Hopper, a major retrospective of the painter’s work now on view until January 21 at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.1 A documentary film narrated by the actor (and collector) Steve Martin is being shown at all three of the exhibition’s venues as well as on PBS. At the National Gallery, a series of jazz concerts in September was devoted to the music of Hopper’s era. In early November, the museum has scheduled an “Edward Hopper Family Weekend,” the highlight of which is the performance of a new play titled Who’s in the Hopper? An Art Mystery Adventure. In December, in conjunction with the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and the University of Maryland School of Music, the museum will stage Later the Same Evening, an opera inspired by five Hopper paintings.
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