2021 11 08 – 2022 01 01
Allegory today : the library commission
Rockwell gallery


SAL record control number: 101335 ;

Record level: Listing ;

Record type: Exhibitions ;

Exhibition type: Group show ;



Title: Allegory today : the library commission ;

Begin Date: November 8, 2021 ;
End Date: November 19, 2021 ;

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Exhibition hours:
Monday – Friday 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST
Saturday & Sunday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST

Location: Salmagundi townhouse, pool gallery ;

Admission: This event is FREE and open to the public ;


Artists Resurrect Allegory For Important Commission
Figures Tell A Story 150 Years In The Making

NEW YORK, NY, November 9, 2021 – Beginning November 8th and continuing to the 19th, 2021, Salmagundi presents Allegory today : the library commission in the Pool Gallery of their historic 1853 townhouse. The show displays color allegorical figurative studies for a two-panel composition that was to be placed within the Salmagundi library’s main doors. The studies were part of a competition proposal celebrating the organization’s 150th year,  participated in by some of America’s most important and promising Realist artists. The competition challenged artists to use figurative allegory to explore sentiments about the club’s library, learning, and more.

Salmagundi’s library committee, chaired by Alexander W. Katlan, who serves as one of the official club historians, headed the competition.  “The committee was tasked to develop an important event to celebrate the club’s 150th year. Inspired by a recent trip to the Florence Griswold Museum, it occurred to me that artist-painted doors might be a great idea for our library. Several of our historic artists were associated with the Griswold. Thirty-one of America’s top Realist artists entered the competition, which was judged by Jacob Collins, Jordan Sokol, Amaya Gurpide, Robert Telenick and Steven Assael,” says Katlan.

Twenty-one of the thirty-one artists who entered the competition are participating in Allegory today : the library commission. The forty-seven works, executed in oil and the occasional pencil work, are for sale to the general public and can be purchased on the club’s website or in person.

Each artist was asked to submit discussions of their allegory, which can be accessed through the organizations website.

The exhibition is the sister show to Noah Buchanan: Library Studies, an exhibition in the Salmagundi library featuring the work of competition winner Noah Buchanan.  Both shows are part of the library’s fund-raising effort, and will culminate in their yearly Library Dinner, which was delayed several times due to the pandemic.  On November 17 the sold-out dinner will be honoring art historian and curator Franklin Hill Perrell and Rebecca Shaykin, Associate Curator at the Jewish Museum.



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