Edward Hopper & Cape Ann Lecture Series -- Josephine Nivison Hopper on Cape Ann

Saturday, August 26

2:00 p.m.


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with Ellen Roberts, Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Taft Museum of Art in Cincinnati
CAM Auditorium, 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA 
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Individual Lectures: $10 for members, $25 for non-members 
Hopper Lecture Series: $50 for members, $125 for non-members 
Registration is required for all in-person attendees. 

This presentation will consider the challenges of being a woman artist in modern America, providing context for the compelling art and fascinating career of Josephine Nivison Hopper. Like many of her fellow women artists, Hopper prioritized her family over her career, producing less significant work as a result. Nevertheless, early examples of her paintings such as those she produced on Cape Ann demonstrate how talented she was. During the summer of 1923 in Gloucester, before she married Edward Hopper, the two worked side by side, inspiring each other and together evolving a distinctive way to depict the region’s landscape.  

About the Presenter

Ellen E. Roberts is the Harold and Anne Berkley Smith Senior Curator of American Art at the Norton Museum of Art and has been Curator of American Art at the museum since 2012. At the Norton, she has curated eighteen exhibitions, including the traveling shows Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney: Sculpture (2018) and O’Keeffe, Stettheimer, Torr, Zorach: Women Modernists in New York (2016), for which she also wrote the catalogues. She has authored a book on Museum founder Ralph Norton and his collecting as well. Her future projects include the exhibition The 306 Group: Art and Politics in 1930s Harlem. Roberts has published extensively during her tenure at the Norton, and in her previous role as Associate Curator of American Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she co-authored collections catalogues on American modernism and American Impressionism, and co-curated exhibitions on Edward Hopper, the Arts and Crafts movement, food and American painting, and Frank Lloyd Wright and Japanese art. She has a B.A. from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Art History from Boston University.

About the Lecture Series 

This collection of programs by leading scholars is being presented in conjunction with Edward Hopper & Cape Ann, celebrating one of the greatest artists of the 20th Century. This once in a generation exhibition offers a fresh look at Edward Hopper’s pivotal summer on Cape Ann in 1923, when he began painting watercolors outdoors with the encouragement of fellow artist and his future wife, “Jo” Nivison Hopper, whose works will also be on view.  

Edward Hopper & Cape Ann is made possible by the Whitney Museum of American Art, the major repository of the Hoppers’ artworks and lender of 28 oils, watercolors, and drawings, as well as the generous support of 27 institutional and private lenders. 

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