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The Gibbes Museum of Art is Pleased to Announce Edward Hopper

Charleston Slum, by Edward Hopper on View

(Charleston, SC) The Gibbes Museum of Art is pleased to announce the temporary loan of Charleston Slum by Edward Hopper. The painting will be on view in The Charleston Story exhibition in the Alice Smith Gallery from October 8 - December 31, 2013.

Among the numerous American painters and printmakers who visited Charleston, South Carolina, in the 1920s and 30s were Edward Hopper (1882–1967) and his wife, Josephine “Jo” Nivison Hopper (1883–1968), who came for a brief visit in April 1929. During their three-week stay, Hopper produced work that became part of the artistic legacy of the Lowcountry and helped to define the “American Scene” movement. “Hopper’s visit to Charleston—though brief—was a productive one, and it underscores how significant Charleston was as a destination for artists during that time. We are thrilled to be able to include an example of Hopper’s Charleston work in our exhibition this fall,” says Sara Arnold Curator of Collections.

In 2006, the Gibbes exhibited a series of works based on Hopper’s visit to the Lowcountry titled “Edward Hopper in Charleston.” Featured in the exhibition was the painting Charleston Slum, which depicts a three story structure in ruins amid the makeshift shanties and apartments of Charleston’s African American and working-class ghetto. The house has been identified as 56 Washington Street in the northeastern part of Charleston called Mazyckborough, and highlights Hopper’s command of urban isolation. The Gibbes is pleased to once again show Charleston Slum to visitors.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905. 

Located in Charleston’s historic district, the Gibbes houses a premier collection of over 10,000 works of fine art, principally American works with a Charleston or Southern connection and presents special exhibitions annually. In addition, the museum offers an extensive complement of public programming and educational outreach initiatives.

As the aesthetic heart of the Lowcountry, the Gibbes serves the community by stimulating creative expression, increasing economic vitality through tourism, and improving the region’s superb quality of life.

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