• Philip-Lorca diCorcia

    ICA - Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
    25 Harbor Shore Drive
    June 1–September 3, 2007

    Curated by Bennett Simpson

    Despite being one of the leading lights of the so-called Boston School, Philip-Lorca diCorcia has not been the subject of a museum exhibition in the United States since his star-making appearance at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1994. Finally, the ICA is mounting a midcareer survey—the largest selection of his pictures assembled to date—including 125 works from 1978 through the present. For many, diCorcia’s early ’90s “Hustlers” series remains the cynosure of his oeuvre. Portraying male prostitutes in Los Angeles, the photographs leak pathos, corruption, melodrama, and stark, gaudy aestheticism, and each is titled with the price the hustler charged the photographer for the privilege of taking his picture. Nice.

  • Edward Hopper

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
    465 Huntington Avenue
    May 6–August 19, 2007

    Curated by Judith Barter, Franklin Kelly, and Carol Yroyen

    Tate Modern mounted a major Edward Hopper show only a few years back, but it never made it to the States. The current retrospective’s co-organizing museums (the MFA and the exhibition’s two travel venues) evidently feel the time is right for US audiences to view this most popular—and familiar—of national icons. Will the survey be a box office–friendly replay of the Whitney’s comprehensive 1980 Hopper survey or an altogether fresh take? Indeed, might Hopper here emerge as the crypto-modernist he was, his “realism” cloaking a canny grasp of Romanticism, Precisionism, and even Surrealism? All the key images must be included, given the show’s boasting of approximately one hundred paintings, watercolors, and prints—so the burden of proof looks set to fall on the catalogue by Troyen and four other scholars. Travels to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, Sept. 16, 2007–Jan. 21, 2008; Art Institute of Chicago, Feb. 16– May 11, 2008.