Walker Art Center

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Art as a Reflection of Society

RBC Wealth Management is proud to sponsor Hopper Drawing: A Painter’s Process—the first major exhibition to reveal Edward Hopper’s creative activity from concept to initial drawings to final painting. “This exhibition is one of the most comprehensive presentations ever of the work of one of America’s greatest artists,” says John Taft, CEO of RBC Wealth Management–US and former Walker trustee. “While Hopper lived his life on the East Coast, he is familiar to Minnesotans and to Walker visitors because of the gift the Walker family made, years ago, of the enigmatic 1940 painting Office at Night, which is prominently featured in this show.”

Hopper’s focus on the human figure connects this exhibition to the company that sponsors it. The RBC Wealth Management collection titled the Human Touch contains more than 400 pieces of art focusing on the human form, including a diverse representation of subjects, mediums, and artists. “This collection combines our commitment to the arts and the people who are essential to our business, both clients and employees,” says Taft.

Hopper’s influence is found in many other mediums. Famously, his painting House by the Railroad is reported to have influenced the forbidding structure in the film Psycho. More recently, Hopper’s paintings were used as inspiration for lighting scenes in the 2002 film Road to Perdition. “The power of art enriches lives and enhances communities,” says Taft. “This remarkable collection of Hopper’s drawings will have art enthusiasts thinking deeply about his work and legacy.”