NYACK, N.Y. -- The Edward Hopper House in Nyack will present a series of exhibits in 2016 with something to appeal to all audiences.
The first, an exhibit of three contemporary women artists from Iran who moved North America (two to New York and one to Toronto) at various stages in their lives will run from Feb. 20 to April 24.
Although their circumstances differed, the artists, Golnar Adili, Shabnam K. Ghazi, and Roya Farassat, share a strong cultural identity and a common focus on issues of gender and displacement shaped by the complex political and social landscapes of their homeland.
Adili will exhibit laser cut photo collages and calligraphic drawings featuring Persian poetry. She says, “As an Iranian growing up in post-1979 Tehran, I have experienced separation, uprooting, and longing in its different manifestations. In my art I am compelled to decode the ways in which these events have marked me through Persian poetry, craft, and the body.”
Roya Farassat will display paintings from the Mirror Has Two Faces, a series that presents a variety of symbolic portraits reflecting the repressive social conditions in her homeland of Iran and the psychological repercussions that have resulted from them.
Shabnam K. Ghazi will exhibit video and photography. She says her work “confirms the literal world that I perceive, but it also infuses that perception with the symbolic world that I imagine. My artwork lives in the border between reality and fantasy.”
Following in late April until June 19, the House will present a creative couples exhibit featuring the works of Judith Dolnick and her late husband Robert, second-generation abstract expressionists who opened a gallery in Chicago in 1957 that gave exposure to artists who later gained success and recognition, including John Chamberlain. They relocated to New York in 1959 and moved in well-known artistic circles while producing an impressive body of work, each with a distinct style fueled by the creative energy of the other.
Renowned photographer and director David LaChapelle will exhibit six large-scale paintings from his Gas series from June 25 to August 21. Inspired by Edward Hopper’s painting Gas (1940, Museum of Modern Art), La Chappelle staged and photographed his Gas series on location in the rainforest of Maui. He says, “The rain forest envelops the fueling stations acting as an organic force that is both generative and destructive; it represents the source of fossil fuels, but it also has the power to re-engulf these man-made creations."
Hopper’s Hudson, a show featuring more than 20 artists will run from August 27 – Oct. 23. The show will document the change in artistic sensibility and the evolving riverscape during Hopper’s lifetime (1882-1967).
The Edward Hopper House is the birthplace of artist Edward Hopper (1882-1967) and was his primary residence until 1910.
For information on gallery hours and ticket prices, go to the website at www.edwardhopperhouse.org/
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