Nighthawks

Passed on by Barbara Need, from the Geeks of Doom site on Facebook, this Trekkie parody of Edward Hopper’s famous painting Nighthawks:

Nighthawks at the Starbase. In a long line of Nighthawks parodies.

Here’s the original:

On the painting, from Wikipedia:

Nighthawks is a 1942 painting by Edward Hopper that portrays people sitting in a downtown diner late at night. It is Hopper’s most famous work and is one of the most recognizable paintings in American art. Within months of its completion, it was sold to the Art Institute of Chicago for $3,000, and has remained there ever since.

… Because it is so widely recognized, the diner scene in Nighthawks has served as the model for countless homages and parodies [in painting and sculpture; literature; film; music; television; parodies; comic books and graphic novels].

On the parodies:

Nighthawks has been widely referenced and parodied in popular culture. Versions of it have appeared on posters, T-shirts, and greeting cards, as well as in comic books and advertisements. Typically, these parodies – like Helnwein’s Boulevard of Broken Dreams [1984; the title is a reference to Sunset Boulevard — the composition incorporates Hollywood figures], which became a popular poster – retain the diner and the highly recognizable diagonal composition, but replace the patrons and attendant with other characters: animals, Santa Claus and his reindeer, or the cast of The Adventures of Tintin or Peanuts.

One parody of Nighthawks even inspired a parody of its own. Michael Bedard’s painting Window Shopping (1989), part of his Sitting Ducks series of posters, replaces the figures in the diner with ducks and shows a crocodile outside eying the ducks in anticipation. Poverino Peppino parodied this image in Boulevard of Broken Ducks (1993), in which a contented crocodile lies on the counter while four ducks stand outside in the rain.

The Helnwein, Bedard, and Peppino:

There is even a Nighthawks Forever site, devoted to sampling some of the many parodies of the painting.

And then there’s my XXX-rated collage, incorporating the Santa-Claus-and-reindeer parody in a larger composition, viewable here.

 

3 Responses to “Nighthawks”

  1. arnold zwicky Says:

    From Tim Evanson in Google+:

    Why is Spock the bartender? That was always McCoy.

    Will Parsons suggested it was because Spock is more recognizable.

  2. the ridger Says:

    Did Spock drink? It doesn’t seem logical

  3. Santa art | Arnold Zwicky's Blog Says:

    […] This is a parody of Edward Hopper’s famous Nighthawks. Other parodies viewable here. […]

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