Edward Hopper fans can rest easy: The artist’s former studio, long preserved inside the Silver School of Social Work at 3 Washington Square North, has now been officially marked for posterity. On September 12, the Historic Landmarks Preservation Center honored Hopper and conferred on the building a Cultural Medallion extolling his contributions to the arts.
Speakers at the event included Silver Dean Lynn Videka (left), Historic Landmarks Preservation Center Chair Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel (right), art historian Gail Levin, poet Grace Schulman, and Whitney Museum Director Adam Weinberg. The ceremony coincided with a current Whitney exhibition of Hopper’s drawings and the museum’s pop-up installation of the artist’s famous “Nighthawks” diner scene rendered in life-size in 3D. For that installation, the Whitney borrowed an easel built by Hopper that normally sits on the Silver building’s top floor, which is home to the studio where he lived and worked with his wife.
The Cultural Medallions program, initiated more than 15 years ago, places oval, terra-cotta plaques on buildings associated with distinguished New Yorkers involved in the arts, sciences, the law, business, education, sports, and politics.