A Wild Note of Longing: Albert Pinkham Ryder and a Century of American Art - New Bedford Whaling Museum
Albert Pinkham Ryder, "With Sloping Mast and Dipping Prow", ca. 1880–85

A Wild Note of Longing

The show will bring together major masterworks across the career of New Bedford native, Albert Pinkham Ryder (1847-1917), who achieved legendary status among artists during his lifetime. This is the first exhibition of Ryder’s work since Elizabeth Broun’s 1990 retrospective at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

A Wild Note of Longing: Albert Pinkham Ryder and a Century of American Art

Wattles Family Gallery

Opening: June 24, 2021

Closing: October 31, 2021

By a deep flowing river
There’s a maiden pale,
And her ruby lips quiver
A song on the gale,
A wild note of longing
Entranced to hear,
A wild song of longing
Falls sad on the ears.

– Albert Pinkham Ryder

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WHAT DOES ALBERT PINKHAM RYDER MEAN TO YOU?

Few American artists have captured painters’ imaginations with the gripping force of Albert Pinkham Ryder, known as Pinky to his friends. Although he was an inspiration to writers, and a favorite of trailblazers like Jackson Pollock, Marsden Hartley, and Robert Rauschenberg, Ryder is not well-known by the general public.

WHO WAS PINKY?

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A WILD NOTE OF LONGING: ALBERT PINKHAM RYDER AND A CENTURY OF AMERICAN ART - A LANDMARK EXHIBITION AT THE NEW BEDFORD WHALING MUSEUM

A Wild Note of Longing brings together major masterworks across the career of New Bedford native, Albert Pinkham Ryder (1847-1917), who achieved legendary status among artists during his lifetime. This is the first exhibition of Ryder’s work since Elizabeth Broun’s 1990 retrospective at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

One of the most intriguing things about Albert Pinkham Ryder is his authenticity, a key factor contributing to the cult status he achieved during his lifetime. While we can find parallels and numerous connections with his peers, probable inspiration from the sites of his youth and travels, some influence by those who preceded him and contemporaries, Ryder was a prophetic visionary, seeing and representing the world in a way that diverged from everyone else.

A Wild Note of Longing highlights Ryder’s most iconic paintings, including 11 exceptional examples from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, such as Flying Dutchman, Jonah, and Pegasus Departing. Also included are 15 Ryder paintings from other institutions and private collectors, including the National Gallery of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Phillips Collection, the Wadsworth Athenaeum, the Lyman Allyn Art Museum, and the Toledo Museum of Art. Museum.

"A crucial influence on artists such as Marsden Hartley and Jackson Pollock, Ryder’s unique vision is as important to American painting as Herman Melville is to American literature."
–Phong Bui

Thanks To:

Exhibition Principal Organizers

Christina Connett Brophy, PhD, The Douglas and Cynthia Crocker Endowed Chair for the Chief Curator, New Bedford Whaling Museum

Elizabeth Broun, PhD, Director Emerita of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

William C. Agee, Evelyn Kranes Kossak Professor of Art History Emeritus, Hunter College, CUNY, after museum positions as curator and director