Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Edward Hopper

First let me say I am breathing through my nose today. Woo hoo! It feels good. Yesterday I worked very hard at laying around. I watched Pan's Labyrinth and I LOVED it. You must see it. I watched it on HBO on demand. I made myself some home-made minestrone and the spice cake my mother used to make. I crave it every fall and I thought just the smell of it alone wafting through the house would make me feel better. Unfortunately I could smell nothing. Still I knew it was baking and I knew there was soup cooking on the stove and I had nice hot cup of tea. Reinforcements in the form of tissues arrived and I settled in on the couch all cozy and watched my film.

I also discovered that the National Gallery of Art is having a Edward Hopper exhibition. JOY. If you go to the link you will find another link that will allow you to watch a film clip on Hopper. More JOY. Better yet you can subscribe to the National Museum of Art video podcast! JOY! JOY! Even if you don't have that video ipod (I don't) you can watch it on your computer. I love art. This discovery then led me to Learnoutloud.com art history podcasts, ACK! and today I'm feeling better and have no time for all this great stuff I found.


Blogger azgoddess said...

my degree is in fine arts with 4 semesters in art history - this post is totally way cool - i love hopper...his stuff is great! thanks1

10/02/2007 01:34:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

I'm jealous of your degree. But slowly I will learn. I do love Hopper too. Can't wait to see.

10/02/2007 03:08:00 PM  
Blogger CHEWY said...

Hopper's works are great. You'll enjoy the show.

Sounds like you are getting better with the cold. Could be a computer virus mutation seeping through the keyboard. LOL!

10/02/2007 03:17:00 PM  
Blogger Hayden said...

glad you're beginning to feel better. perhaps art is the only antidote?

10/03/2007 12:18:00 AM  
Blogger Shrink Wrapped Scream said...

Sounds like a little self-administered tlc has helped that rotten cold along - glad you're feeling a little better. Seems it was time well spent, as you were able to discover some wonderful goodies!

10/03/2007 08:41:00 AM  
Blogger Coffee Messiah said...

Aren't the podcasts nice? I was surprised at how few museums are, so far, slow to develop this tool for the public. Some have the DL so you can listen along on your own ipod while strolling through the museum. In ND they even have podcasts for some of the historical areas outside, with no facility nearby at all.

Hmmmm, guess I got carried away! ; (

Glad you're feeling better! ; )

10/03/2007 09:07:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Chewy- If it's coming through the keyboard you all better watch out!

Hayden- I believe it is.

SWS- I wish there was a quicker cure. Seems you just have to let it run its course.

CM- LOL! That's what happens to me. I get carried away w/the excitement of it.

10/03/2007 09:40:00 AM  
Blogger la bellina mammina said...

I have the DVD but have yet to watch it. My friends told me it's scary - and I HATE scary movies!

10/03/2007 10:01:00 AM  
Blogger Babzy said...

Hi Mary, can't wait to look at the links you provided. Hopper is great. I get a little tired of the cheeriness of French Impressionists. Another favourite of mine is Alex Colville.

10/03/2007 11:49:00 AM  
Blogger Dizzy Dezzi said...

I was afraid that Pan's Labyrinth would be scary, but, although I found it a bit violent and at times edge of my seat exciting, it was not scary in the "Friday the 13th" sense. My 5 yr old daughter walked in on me watching it (it's rated R) and she sat through it and didn't flinch. It was right before bedtime, if she had any issues, they have yet to surface ;) If you are into fantasy sci-fi with a little of the "historical" thrown in for good measure, then this is up your alley. The movie has quite a bit of depth that most sci-fi movies miss. And, it is sort of timely, although, if I say anymore, I will probably end up giving the plot away. In any case, I didn't think I would like it, but I enjoyed it.

BTW, Mary, you might enjoy The Fountain, with Hugh Jackman, if you enjoyed Pan's Labyrinth.

10/03/2007 01:31:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

La Bella- Read what Dezz wrote about it below. She's right. I hate scary movies too but I really enjoyed this.

Babzy- Oh I'm hooked! I wasn't familiar w/his work and googled it. Love it! Thank you.

Dezz- Great review there and I agree completely. I will check out The Fountain.

10/03/2007 03:31:00 PM  
Blogger dawn said...

glad your feeling alittle better. Never saw Pans Lab. but will try to check it out. I did watch Running with scissors the other night and thought it was pretty good . Check it out

10/03/2007 03:37:00 PM  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

Thanks for telling us about this movie..oh good...something new to watch...now about Hopper- I am a huge Hopper fan...love his work...and all that it symbolizes, the way his work captures people in their alone moments, and yet they don't look alone...the light creates a warmth...( his use of light in or outside is amazing)....the painting you have is his famous Nighthawks Cafe...I love it...

( BTW more triiva for you...he married his favorite model- and then for years she posed...I think her name was Jeannie? anyways, in later photos she looks miserable..sad..and desolate...but maybe she just got tired of posing for him..)

And last, go to YouTube and type in Edward Hopper and there you go- lots of exhibits set to music..it is wonderful....

Hope you are feeling better , have a good weekend.

10/05/2007 11:07:00 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

Mary-I don't know if you have any interest in opera but the Clarice Smith Center at the U of MD (where I work) is presenting the world premiere of a new opera based on the works of Edward Hopper. It's called Later the Same Evening. You can get more info on our website www.claricesmithcenter.umd.edu. It is in April. Let me know if you want to see it!

10/05/2007 06:51:00 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Urgh. The opera is in November, NOT April. Sorry! And I forgot to mention they are performing it a few times at the National Gallery as well.

10/05/2007 06:53:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Dawn- I saw that and read the book. Loved it.

E4E- Thanks for all the info. I have always admired his work just never studied it. I do love to know about the artists and study their work.

Lori- I saw that when I was at the National Gallery Link. I have never been to an opera but I do listen to them in the studio. Maybe I should go. I'll ask John if he wants to go otherwise I'll see if Carla wants to.

10/06/2007 09:13:00 AM  
Blogger Tosh said...

I went to this show two weeks ago. It was incredible. Please come down and see it.

10/11/2007 08:59:00 PM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

whatever you had, we're having it!!
sniffle sniffle cough cough blech!!

10/13/2007 10:37:00 PM  

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