URBAN NOIR: EDWARD HOPPER'S NIGHTHAWKS
AboutEdward Hopper's paintings of urban life are typically characterized by a sense of loneliness and alienation. The most celebrated example is Nighthawks, a work of 1942, which depicts three men and a woman gathered in a brightly illuminated restaurant in downtown New York. We are given few clues as to the identity of these people, whether they know each other or are in any way related. It is in fact the enigmatic quality of this scene which has made it so intriguing to generations of viewers and has turned Nighthawks into one of the iconic images of 20th century urban life. This lecture considers the background to Hopper's masterpiece and offers possible reasons for its lasting fascination.
Kathy McLauchlan is a lecturer specialising in 19th-century art history. She is currently a course director at the Victoria & Albert Museum, organising courses and study days on the history of art and design. She is also a freelance lecturer who teaches at several institutions.
Michael Hoskins Centre The Armidale School
Brown Street, Armidale NSW 2350