By the turn of the last century, American painters were beginning to free themselves from the “tyranny” of the European academic tradition. They painted distinctly American subjects: genre scenes of everyday life and our American landscape in all its variety and glory, from Manhattan’s gritty streets to Midwestern corn fields. One of these painters was Edward Hopper, who gave us a quintessential view of New York City. Hopper’s New York is often shadowy, quiet, and lonely—even in a crowd. His seminal work “Nighthawks” will be featured.