Nighthawks at the Flatiron

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A couple of months ago I wrote about my experience at the Whitney Museum’s exhibition of drawings by Edward Hopper. Now the museum has pulled off a delightful stunt, installing a cardboard cut-out replica of the scene from arguably Hopper’s most famous painting, “Nighthawks”, within the prow of the Flatiron Building. Art historians and New Yorkers alike have oft-speculated as to the true setting of Hopper’s famous scene of late-night urban alienation. While the painting is most likely a hybrid of various locations, Whitney curator Carter Foster believes that the Fifth Avenue landmark’s curved glass provided inspiration for the unorthodox architecture of Hopper’s all-night lunch counter.

Read Jeremiah Moss’ New Yorker interview with Carter Foster here. The Whitney’s “Nighthawks” installation is on view at the Flatiron Building until October 6, 2013.

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