The Final Curtain: Edward Hopper's Last Painting
April 2019–January 2020
On loan to the Currier through the end of January 2020, Edward Hopper’s final painting, Two Comedians is a tour de force that represents the culmination of Hopper’s illustrious career. It is a seminal and poignant work that embodies the most important and defining themes of Hopper’s art.
In Two Comedians, Hopper presents himself and his wife Jo, onstage, about to take their final bow before turning to walk into the unknown. The painting pays homage to Jo’s early acting career and the recognition she had long sought, her collaboration as Edward’s model and the protagonist of many of his paintings, and the artist’s lifetime fascination with theater and film. Fittingly, Two Comedians was owned by Frank Sinatra for almost 20 years. Accompanying Two Comedians is an installation of work from the Currier’s permanent collection that explores the evolution of figure painting during the decades in which Hopper was active, the 1920s through 1960s.
artist in residence
Our Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program invites artists to live and work at the museum. While in residence, artists consider the collection and community, and refresh our perspectives on the role of the museum. The program is central to the Currier Museum’s mission of connecting our audiences with art and creative thinking, whether of the past or the future. We hope to learn from our visiting artists – and be surprised by their perspectives.
Artists working in all media participate in the AIR program, which has three main components: 1) an open call to support emerging artists making socially engaged art; 2) an invitational through which artists are selected to develop special projects, commissions, or exhibitions; and 3) artist-led, community-centered public art projects in the city of Nashua, NH.
Open Call for Artist in Residence Applications
Our annual open call is currently live from October 1 – December 1, 2022. Artists who share the museum’s goal of positively impacting communities through the transformative power of art are encouraged to apply to this residency.