The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston has received the temporary loan of "Charleston Slum," by Edward Hopper. The painting will be on view in "The Charleston Story" exhibition in the Alice Smith Gallery through Dec. 31.
Among the numerous American painters and printmakers who came to Charleston in the 1920s and '30s were Edward Hopper (1882â€"1967) and his wife, Josephine Nivison Hopper (1883â€"1968), who came for a brief visit in April 1929. During their three-week stay, Hopper produced work that became part of the artistic legacy of the Lowcountry and helped to define the "American Scene" movement.
"Hopper's visit to Charleston â€" though brief â€" was a productive one, and it underscores how significant Charleston was as a destination for artists during that time. We are thrilled to be able to include an example of Hopper's Charleston work in our exhibition this fall," Sara Arnold, curator of collections, said.
"Charleston Slum" depicts a three-story structure in ruins amid the makeshift shanties and apartments of Charleston's African-American and working-class ghetto. The house has been identified as 56 Washington St. in the northeastern part of Charleston called Mazyckborough, and highlights Hopper's command of urban isolation.