Walter Hopps  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Walter (Chico) Hopps (May 3, 1932 – March 20, 2005) was an American museum director and curator of contemporary art. His obituary in the Washington Post described him as a "sort of a gonzo museum director—elusive, unpredictable, outlandish in his range, jagged in his vision, heedless of rules."

"Walter Hopps, the host, 31: The director of the Pasadena Art Museum (PAM), where, the year before, he’d put on an exhibition called “New Painting of Common Objects,” the first American museum show of what would be called Pop art. Before PAM, he co-ran the Ferus Gallery, which gave Andy Warhol his first one-man fine-art show—the Campbell's soup cans."[1]

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