In which we do not see the Hopper exhibit

I had a couple of ideas for posts at different times today, but cannot recall what they were now. One might have been on New Year’s Resolutions, but the context has slipped to an area of my mind I cannot access right now.

Dean has been hounding me suggesting we visit the Edward Hopper exhibit in DC. I’d meant to plan a day we visit over the break, but as I suspected, didn’t get around to it. Today Dean mentioned it again, so I thought, why not. No work to do and we could go to the neighbor’s open house a little later.

Dean was online, checking the particulars, so I ate a quick breakfast (so what if it was noon – I ate scrambled eggs) and finished getting ready to go. We drove – Dean talked about how mellow he was feeling after waking up at 9. (about 4 hours after his usual wake-up time) He drove slowly and got us to the museum area of DC just fine. We parked across the Mall from where I suspected the exhibit was being held and I mentioned it, in a not-so-bitchy tone. Dean’s mellow mood prevented him from bitching back – he said we could walk right across the mall and there it would be. I asked which gallery it was being held, and he said the American Museum of Art. I told him I thought that museum was connected to the National Portrait Gallery and a bit farther away than “across the Mall”. He thought it was on the Mall. When we got the National Gallery of Art and saw no posters for the exhibit we suspected he was correct and set out to walk the few more blocks to the American Museum of Art, although there was an exhibit that looked good at the National Gallery. Dean said the Hopper was going to close in two days, so we should concentrate on that.

Being a warm-enough day, we really didn’t mind the walk. We got to the museum and Dean headed to the bathroom. I asked a volunteer where the Hopper was and she pointed to two large paintings at the end of the hall. She then told me the Hopper was at the National Gallery, but it was closed today. I wanted to argue with her, because, after all, Dean said it was here, but then realized that she probably knew more than Dean did. She said we really should see it because it was a great exhibit. I lamented that it was going to close in a couple of days. She said that it was not closing until January 21 – but the Turner was closing in two days.

When Dean returned he was surprised, but still mellow, that he was so wrong on so many accounts.

We saw the Katherine Hepburn exhibit instead. A paltry one-room show of a few photos, some posters, and her red turtleneck sweater. Big Deal.

3 thoughts on “In which we do not see the Hopper exhibit

  1. In which we see the Hopper exhibit.

    I was away for the holidays, and the GOOD part was my all-too-brief return to DC, Tim in tow for once, to visit a couple of friends, see the Hopper exhibit, and go to a real contradance at Glen Echo.

    On my way down, I began to think, I should have thought to get in touch with Dona.

    Then I spent a lot of time trying to remember your last name, which I know was on my computer somewhere, if I in fact were to ever get around to opening that computer.

    But it turns out our schedule was completely crazy and no matter what my intentions, there was no way I was going to fit it in.

    The Hopper, on the 28th of December, was every bit as jam-packed as I expected it to be (go on a weekday, or sometime when every school child in American is not on break), but going under those conditions was better than not seeing the Hopper. It was wonderful. Etchings, watercolors, oils…and don’t miss the 30-minute Steve Martin–narrated film.

    Go. Now.

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  2. Oh man! It would have been so cool to see you – but I know very well how it is when you are on short vacations. We will see the Hopper, but probably not on a week-day since Dean took a lot of time off over the break.

    I saw a Hopper exhibit back just before the American Art Museum closed down for renovation – none of his oils, just sketches.

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  3. Next time in DC I want it to be longer. I frankly did not tell a lot of people I was there, because the time was too short. But I do look forward to meeting you someday. I kinda think it’s gonna happen.

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