About the Exhibition
In 2017 when PAAM received an unprecedented gift of drawings and watercolors by Edward and Josephine Hopper, and precious ephemera from the couple’s home and studio in Truro, Massachusetts, the acquisition presented a treasure trove of opportunity to use the collection to enrich educational partnerships with local schools.
PAAM’s Lenore Ross Curating Program—which invites educators and students from schools along Cape Cod to work with and be inspired by artwork from the permanent collection, and culminates with an exhibition in the museum galleries—seemed like the perfect place to start. And who better to collaborate with than Provincetown Schools, the institution with which the Curating Program was launched 26 years ago this February?
In January seventh and eighth grade students and thirteen educators from Provincetown Schools attended sessions in PAAM’s galleries and Museum School to sketch, write about, and create prints in response to work on view in the exhibition Edward and Josephine Hopper from the Permanent Collection (on view through April 1, 2018).
Lynn Stanley, PAAM’s Curator of Education, says “Many of Edward Hopper’s works in the permanent collection are drawings from life and preparatory sketches for well-known paintings. Some have been done quickly—gesture drawings of a figure, an architectural detail, or brief sketches capturing a landscape. As Hopper scholar Gail Levin has noted, the taciturn artist would have considered the drawings not worthy of public display. But what the viewer comes away with is the sense of an artist’s daily practice—an intimate look at how Hopper used drawing to study and develop a subject—which demystifies his creative process. And what’s unique about this Curating Exhibition is that visitors will be able to see the work of the Hoppers in total, and then re-experience it through the interpretations of young people and educators.”
After the Hoppers features work by Provincetown Schools educators: Mary Abt, Tracey Anderson, Rick Gifford, Michael Gillane, Beau Harrell, Veronica Londergan, Marianne Lynch, David McGlothlin, Jennifer Paine, Eleanor Richard, Amelia Rokicki, Eric Shannon, Judith Stayton; 7th graders Jamar Afflick, Riley O’Rourke, Dashiell Parlante, Daniel Turner, Iris Elizabeth Wanck, Jack Wells-Benson, Owens Wells-Benson; and 8th graders Kayleigh Brown, Christina Egeli, Katerin Maldonado, Emmanuel Millan, Jodi-Ann Morrison, Tess Olson, Jazmin Perez, Esmerelda Rivera, and James Souza Jr.