Sleeping in art: An inside look at VMFA’s ‘Edward Hopper American Hotel’ experience

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — You can come to spend the day at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and enjoy the work of many incredible artists, but one current exhibit is giving folks the chance to spend the night.

VMFA debuted Edward Hopper and the American Hotel starting in October, and art-lovers have flocked to the exhibit since its premiere.

In an attempt to immerse you inside the mind of Edward Hopper (1882-1967), an American realist painter, the exhibit hammers home his artistic style; primarily his paintings of hotels, motels and hospitality services.

The exhibit is full of 65 detailed paintings and works but has also offered guests the experience of staying the night in a room identical to one of those works. From the light shining on the bed to the leather bags on the floor, every detail in the room is set perfectly to reflect the painting in an exclusive real-life view.

Dr. Leo G. Mazow curated the exhibition, with the assistance of Dr. Sarah G. Powers, to have guests feel the elements of loneliness and isolation from Hopper’s work.

Tickets to stay the night at the ‘Hopper Hotel Experience‘ are currently sold out, but the VMFA invites you to visit the exhibit, which is open until February 23rd.

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