Ryder Responses - New Bedford Whaling Museum
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Who Is Pinky?

The New Bedford Whaling Museum brings together major masterworks of Albert Pinkham Ryder. Known by his friends as "Pinky," Ryder (1847-1917) achieved legendary status among artists during his lifetime and is considered one of the most prominent influences on American modern expressionism.


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

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. The brooding spirituality of his works, coupled with formal innovation decades ahead of its time, have long made Ryder a favorite of trailblazers like Jackson Pollock, Marsden Hartley, and Robert Rauschenberg. He was also an inspirational writer, yet Ryder is not well-known to the general public.

Share your responses to Ryder, his art, and his writings.

If you're a visual artist, writer, or poet, how has his work influenced your own? When did you first encounter Pinky's art or poetry? Do you see Ryder as a visionary?

Whether you know Pinky's work or not; whether he has had a marked influence on you, or you are encountering Ryder for the first time in A Wild Note of Longing, send us your video, written, or audio response. We'll be publishing responses on our website and elsewhere.


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Some Responses We've Received

Below are some selected responses we've received from interested visitors like you. Record a response of your own! Watch the video above and then choose to leave a video, audio, or written response.