Salmagundi Art Club of New York


American Masters Panel Discussion “Seeing in the Dark"
Upper Gallery, October 14, 2015

The special panel discussion “Seeing in the Dark” will take place on Wednesday, October 14 at 6:30 pm. Moderated by Peter Trippi, editor-in-chief of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, the participants in this lively and informal conversation will be: Joachim Homann, who curated the Night Visions: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960 exhibition that has drawn tens of thousands of visitors to Maine’s Bowdoin College Museum of Art this year, the artists Joseph McGurl and Donald Demers, the collectors Leslie Lobell and Eric Timsak, and the critic and art historian Gail Leggio. Together they will explore the attractions and challenges of making and looking at nocturne paintings—those created in the past and also today. 

Generously sponsored by the Newington-Cropsey Cultural Studies Center,
this event has been scheduled in celebration of the Salmagundi Club’s American Masters exhibition. A reception will follow, starting no later than 8.00 pm. If you are unable to attend, don’t worry: this event will be video-recorded and posted on

Joachim Homann
is the curator of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick, Maine. He organized Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960, (on view until October 18), Maurice Prendergast: By the Sea, and many other exhibitions of modern and contemporary American and international art.

Joseph McGurl is one of America’s leading landscape painters. Based on Cape Cod, he studied at the Boston Museum School, Massachusetts College of Art, University of London, and with the Boston School master, Robert Cormier.

Donald Demers
is one of America’s leading marine painters; he became interested in this field during summers on the coast of Maine. After finishing an exemplary high-school art program, he furthered his education at the School of the Worcester Art Museum and the Massachusetts College of Art.

Leslie Lobell and Eric Timsak are based in New Jersey, where they collect contemporary American artworks, with a particular interest in nocturnes.

Gail Leggio, Ph.D., is Associate Editor and a regular contributor at American Arts Quarterly. She has written essays for The Architectural Capriccio (Ashgate, 2014) and The Re-Emergence of Realism (forthcoming), as well as individual artists' catalogues.

Peter Trippi has edited Fine Art Connoisseur since 2006. Previously, he directed New York’s Dahesh Museum of Art, which specialized in 19th-century European academic painting and sculpture. He previously held senior posts at the Brooklyn Museum and Baltimore Museum of Art.
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