Southeast Art Instructor to Discuss ‘Art of Edward Hopper’


Lecture Rescheduled for April 16

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 6, 2009 — A lecture titled “Art of Edward Hopper” has been rescheduled for April 16 at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

The lecture previously was scheduled for April 9.

Matthew Backer, will present the lecture at 6:30 p.m. in the John and Betty Glenn Convocation Center.  The event is free and open to the public.

Backer will discuss the psychological aspects of Edward Hopper’s paintings, explaining how Hopper allowed his memory to subtly distort his subject matter in order to convey “the shock of reality, itself.” Those viewing Hopper’s work relive haunting experiences of Americans in the era of the Great Depression, according to Backer.

Backer is an instructor of art at Southeast Missouri State University. He published part of his master’s thesis on Edward Hopper’s paintings in Oculus, the Indiana University graduate student art history journal.

The Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum is sponsoring the lecture. For more information, contact the Crisp Museum at (573) 651-2260 or visit