I Walk a Lonely Road….

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: The New Fall TV Season. And surprise, surprise visual art once again has its place in the pantheon. Last season, a lot of talk was dedicated to the abundance of Kehinde Wiley and Basquiat work showcased on Empire. But the Lyons family isn’t the only hip hop obsessed family with an eye for art. It turns out Fresh Off the Boat has also been making it’s own statements. Both season one and season two features American art classics reimagined with the Asian American cast for the promos.

The first season channeled American Gothic.

Fresh of the Boat Season 1 Poster. Source: Angry Asian Man

Fresh of the Boat Season 1 Poster. Source: Angry Asian Man

Season 2’s art work is a bit more modern and takes on Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks, painted in 1942.

Fresh off the Boat Season 2 Art, Source: Angry Asian Man

Fresh off the Boat Season 2 Poster Source: Angry Asian Man

Because Nighthawks is so accessible it has been used in pop culture often, in everything from The Simpsons to The Tick. Fresh off the Boat’s take is unique because of the explicitness and details of the characters:  a multigenerational Asian American family. While I love this take on the painting, I have to admit my favorite version has always been Gottfried Helnwein’s Boulevard of Broken Dreams. Perhaps it was being able to easily identify characters that I did not identify with that allowed me to connect with this pop culture infusion of the work.

Boulevard of Broken Dreams Helnwein, 1984

Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Helnwein, 1984 Source: Pinterest

Thanks Hopper for the gift of art that keeps on giving.

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