Hopper’s ‘Nighthawks’ Dominates ‘Art Everywhere’ Voting

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Edward Hopper, Nighthawks (1942). Courtesy the Art Institute of Chicago, via Wikimedia Commons.

Edward Hopper‘s famous diner scene Nighthawks (1942) has won the popular vote in the lead-up to “Art Everywhere US,” States-side edition of the nationwide exhibition that will put art everywhere—or at least everywhere where you’d typically find an ad, which is essentially everywhere—beginning on August 4. The first “Art Everywhere” campaign took place last year in the UK.

The oft-parodied Hopper painting, the original of which belongs to the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC), received the most votes, helping the five organizing museums—the Art Institute of Chicago, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, and the Whitney Museum—narrow the selection from 100 works to 58. Those pieces, which include Andy Warhol‘s Campbell’s Soup Can (1964), Georgia O’Keeffe‘s Summer Days (1936), Robert Mapplethorpe‘s Ken Moody and Robert Sherman (1984), and Cindy Sherman‘s untitled 2008 portrait of a makeup-caked society woman, will have their debut on Times Square’s giant screens on August 4, and will then proceed to pop up at some 50,000 sites across the country.

The program, a partnership between the five museums and the Outdoor Advertising Association of America, will see the iconic artworks appear on “billboards, bus shelters, subway platforms, airport dioramas, movie theaters,” and other spaces typically plastered with ads, per the “Art Everywhere US” website.

“‘Art Everywhere US’ is giving our museums the ability to reach a vast new audience in a fresh and entirely accessible way,” Dallas Museum of Art director Maxwell L. Anderson said in a statement. “We’re literally changing the American landscape with art, and offering people everywhere the opportunity to learn about America’s artistic treasures, past and present.”


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