- By Cynthia Lum
- Photo Courtesy of Fahey/Klein
Dennis Hopper: In Dreams, at The Fahey/Klein Gallery is an exhibition of works that connect Hopper’s role as an actor, husband, father and photographer. The exhibition, in conjunction with the newly published book of the same name affirms the restless energy and curiosity of Hopper’s eye, as well as his unique place in the culture of 1960s America.
Referencing Roy Orbison’s song by the same name, famously featured in David Lynch’s film, Blue Velvet, In Dreams includes appearances by famous faces such as Andy Warhol, Peter Fonda, and Wallace Berman, which are intimately interwoven with Hopper’s peripatetic life and his daily use of the camera. While Hopper was very much an insider—at ease with the celebrities and artists of his day — this new engagement with his archive reveals that, like many photographers, Hopper was also in some ways an outsider, an observer. Famous himself, but also an observer: it’s this unique duality that allowed Hopper to view the world in his distinctive way. As a photographer, his output was particularly concentrated in the 1960s; the Nikon camera his wife Brooke Hayward gifted him hung so prominently around his neck that friends jokingly called him “the tourist.” Before his passing he remarked, “while people will always remember me as an actor and for Easy Rider – I want to be remembered as a photographer, not just as an actor who took pictures.”
On view at Fahey/Klein, for more details click here.