Iowa Arts Showcase: Interview with CRMA’s Sean Ulmer and Kate Kunau

Apr 10, 2018

This Iowa Arts Showcase broadcast features an interview with the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art’s Executive Director, Sean Ulmer, and Associate Curator, Kate Kunau. The two discuss the museum’s new exhibition of works by Edward Hopper. This exhibition of thirteen seminal works, all drawn from the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, traces the early trajectory of Edward Hopper’s career in works from 1906 to 1933. 

Edward Hopper, Cobb's Barns and Distant Houses, 1930-1933. Oil on Canvas, Whitney Museum of Art, New York

Edward Hopper (1882-1967) was a prominent American realist painter and printmaker.  Best known for capturing what he saw as the solitude and isolation of modern American life, Hopper’s works include austere interiors, moody cityscapes, and starkly beautiful rural landscapes.  His art injects the psychological lives of his figures into what otherwise may appear to be straightforward depictions of everyday life.  Solitary figures contemplate their existence in these various locales, all highlighted with Hopper’s extraordinarily sensitive use of light.