Yesterday, the Whitney Museum installed a temporary recreation of Edward Hopper’s painting Nighthawks in the Flatiron Building's Prow Artspace.
The Whitney's Curator of Drawings, Carter E. Foster, believes that the Flatiron's curved glass prow was part of the inspiration for the painting. You can read more about that theory in my interview with Foster here, as well as my own three-part search for the Nighthawks diner here.
With life-size cut-outs of the nighthawks in their places around the diner counter, and with the lights turned on at night, you can almost imagine yourself as a voyeur inside Hopper's scene--except he didn't have any iPhone texters in his painting.
You can see the installation at the Flatiron through October 6.