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Post by Nicole Boyd on Mon May 25, 2009 6:31 pm

I love the Met and the Guggenheim! I've never been to MoMA, but I've always wanted to go.
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Post by MarvelousLight on Mon May 25, 2009 8:23 pm

Haha. I love this NY convo. I have only been to NY once. I went last summer for 4 days and saw 4 broadway shows. I wished I could stay forever and can't wait to go back..hopefully for theatre!!
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Post by FoodFanatic on Mon May 25, 2009 9:48 pm

I wanted to go to the MoMA mainly because of their Edward Hopper collection. I love his work!
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Post by Nicole Boyd on Mon May 25, 2009 10:09 pm

ME too! Edward Hopper is one of my all time favorite artists- I was really lucky that a lot of his pieces came through the National Portrait Gallery a few years ago. Do you prefer his Massachusetts or his cityscape paintings?
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Post by Natalie Zhen on Mon May 25, 2009 11:44 pm

I really love the city paintings, especially The Automat. Though, I also love the lighting that Hopper achieves in the Massachusetts series. I saw the Hopper exhibit a year or so ago at the National Gallery in DC. It was a-w-e-s-o-m-e. Nighthawks was there, I think!
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Post by dsennett on Wed May 27, 2009 12:07 pm

Two things -- the monologue should be from a 20th/21st century published play, not from a screenplay, novel, or anything else. Please. Of course, if you can find the play from which your monologue comes, you should read it. Or let me know the title of the play and I can bring it along (possibly -- I'm lucky enough to own some 3000 scripts, the largest collection in Richmond, even larger than the libraries'!).

Secondly, if someone will remind me, there's an award winning play based on Hopper's NIGHTHAWKS which is pretty cool. I'll bring that to Gov School, too, but I'll forget unless somebody gives me a nudge (nudge, wink, wink...).

Soon, dudes!!!

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Post by Nicole Boyd on Wed May 27, 2009 2:30 pm

I will definitely remind you, David! I love all of Hopper's works, especially 'Nighthawks'.
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Post by FoodFanatic on Wed May 27, 2009 6:26 pm

My all time favorite Edward Hopper paintings are "Nighthawks" and "New York Movie".
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Post by Nicole Boyd on Wed May 27, 2009 7:08 pm

"New York Movie" is also fantastic. In addition to those two, I especially like "Early Sunday Morning" and several of the sketches that he has done.
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Post by FoodFanatic on Wed May 27, 2009 7:20 pm

I'm glad that there are others here who have the same artistic tastes that I have Smile
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Post by Natalie Zhen on Wed May 27, 2009 7:30 pm

So we have some Hopper fans....any other favorites? I've already pledged my devotion to The Raft of the Medusa...Cezanne's paintings blow my mind, too.
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Post by iheartnyc2010 on Wed May 27, 2009 7:37 pm

So not to feel left out and "unworldly" I used my good friend google to look up this artist. I like his pieces. I'm not sure why but I especially liked Chop Suey and Rooms by the Sea. Yay for exploring new stuff.
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Post by dsennett on Wed May 27, 2009 7:55 pm

So now consider how a theatre director would use the information provided by the artist. Composition? Color (and value)? Perspective? Geometry/topography/geography? Look at, say, Hopper and Jackson Pollack and ask yourself if there are similarities, perhaps subtextual, in the artists' messages and the way they choose to communicate to the audience(viewer). Remember, all a theatre artist has to work with is the text -- ink on the page. Same thing the painter has to work with.

Ain't the arts amazing?

BTW, I am OUT OF MY MIND excited that I'll get to work with y'all. You ask great questions, you show passion and curiosity and brains and discretion. I expect you -- all of you -- to challenge us and each other, to keep asking questions and demanding meaningful and useful answers. And, most imporatantly, to remember: there's a reason they call it a "play."

Seriously, are y'all as cool as you seem on this forum?

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Post by Nicole Boyd on Wed May 27, 2009 7:56 pm

Those are also wonderful painting by Hopper!

I also think that Turner is a wonderful artist. I got to see both the Turner and the Hopper exhibit at the NGA and it was really interesting to look at the contrast between both exhibits. Very different, but I also like Remedios Varo and Van Gogh- Varo, because she has such an unusual style, and Van Gogh because of his use of texture and color. And Mucha too! He's an excellent artist!

...sorry, I got a little carried away there Smile
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Post by iheartnyc2010 on Wed May 27, 2009 7:58 pm

Psh....absolutely as cool!!!! if not cooler!! haha btw you never let us in on your NYC hot spot favorites =P
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Post by Nicole Boyd on Wed May 27, 2009 7:59 pm

I would like to hear about those hot spot favorites! And I only hope that we are just as cool in person- I know that Bri will be!!
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Post by FoodFanatic on Wed May 27, 2009 9:18 pm

Cezanne is amazing. I like genre paintings in general, Vermeer is anothe rone of my absolute favorites!
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Post by Adanma on Thu Jun 18, 2009 7:46 am

I agree with everything David says, especially about monologue selection. Those of you who will be in my course will be building your own material but it's still important to know how to pick a good piece. I can't wait to meet everybody!
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