Edward Hopper’s most famous painting, ‘Nighthawks’, has been recreated in a life-sized art installation in the foot of the Flatiron Building. The Whitney Museum is behind the piece, which will run through October 6th in parallel to its current Hopper Drawing Exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art (945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street).
It may sound gimmicky but it’s actually quite spectacular, mostly because it’s location is not a random decision. The New York City diner featured in the painting can not be found in any historic photos of the time (1942), and while Hopper stated it was loosely based on a coffee shop in the West Village, the shape of the diner bears a striking resemblance to the glass protrusion at the base of the Flatiron building that houses this recreation. Best enjoyed at night!
Here is the exhibit by day, followed by the original painting, followed by the exhibit at night.