Free lecture at the Whaling Museum on locally born, internationally renowned artist Albert Pinkham Ryder

Tuesday, March 28: A Celebration of a New Bedford Master

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – To honor the centennial anniversary of the passing of New Bedford-born artist Albert Pinkham Ryder (1847-1917), the museum is hosting a free lecture on Tuesday, March 28 to discuss the life and work of the internationally renowned artist. The lecture begins at 7 pm with a reception at 6 pm. The lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Go to to register.

Speakers will include the Whaling Museum’s Curator of Exhibitions and Collections Dr. Christina Connett, the Museum’s Collections Committee Member Fran Levin, the Museum’s Curator of New Bedford and Old Dartmouth History Arthur Motta, local author and historian Peggi Medeiros, and artist Nicholas Whitman. Each will share different perspectives on the artist’s life, work, and the significant impact Ryder had on the city.

Ryder is known for his somber expressive works, which grace the collections of great national and international museums. He influenced a generation of modernist artists, who were inspired by his emotive use of broad abstracted planes of color.

Albert Pinkham Ryder was born in New Bedford to parents whose families were amongst the early settlers of Cape Cod. Eventually, the family lived in a house on Mill Street opposite the home of another acclaimed New Bedford artist - Albert Bierstadt. Ryder’s early paintings were primarily landscapes and many of them were probably influenced by his memories of the countryside and seashore of New Bedford. Ryder believed in living a simple life stripped of nonessential possessions and devoted to only true friends. He has been quoted in describing part of his philosophy of life: “The artist must live to paint and not paint to live.”


About the New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of human interaction with whales through time, and the history and culture of the South Coast region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. Museum hours: January through March, Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; April through December, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Admission is free for Museum members and children aged three and under; adults $16, seniors (65+) $14, students (19+) $9, child and youth $6. For more information visit


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Above: Albert Pinkham Ryder, Landscape. Oil on canvas, 1870.


Albert Pinkham Ryder memorial

Above: Mourners attend the 1917 memorial for Albert Pinkham Ryder at Rural Cemetery.