The Fort Worth 400
Concurrently, the gallery will present an exhibition of photographs from the 1960s by Dennis Hopper. The Fort Worth 400 consists of the original and intact collection of over four hundred vintage 6x9” photographs that were included in Hopper’s 1970 exhibition organized by Henry T. Hopkins for the Fort Worth Art Center Museum. (Coincidentally, Hopper was exhibited concurrently with Jerry McMillan at Forth Worth as well). The exhibit includes Hopper’s iconic images of artists, film stars, musicians, poets, bikers, beatniks, hippies, and civil rights marchers. In the essay for Hopper’s book, Out of the Sixties, Michael McClure wrote, “There are no portraits here. These are not portraits….It’s all in the air like a ball tossed from the hand.” Hopper’s street scenes and pictures of bold signage and graphics, such asDouble Standard, parallel the interests of Pop artists and Ed Ruscha. His images of torn, decayed and painted-over posters plastered on walls suggest an aesthetic akin to both the California Assemblage of his friends and the visceral paintings of the Abstract Expressionists.