Ralph Albert Blakelock: the brilliant and tragic Salmagundian


Dec 6, 2022 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
5:30 PM | Come early for drinks
6:00 PM | Talk begins




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About the Event

Ralph Albert Blakelock was a visionary painter in the late 19th century, but suffered from extreme poverty and mental illness and died after nearly two decades in a mental institution. During his confinement, he was elected a member of the Salmagundi Club by his close friend and supporter Harry Watrous, and rose to national fame for his expressive moonlight scenes. Although Blakelock never exhibited at the Club, and led a life on the fringe of the established New York art world, his friendship with Watrous helped to bring his unique work to the attention of the public and he has had influence on the lineage of modern art.

Drinks will be available for purchase in our Wiggins bar on the lower level (card only, no cash).

About the Speaker

Nina Sangimino is curator at the Long Island Museum, where she co-curated Two Centuries of Long Island Women Artists, 1800-2000 (2022). She was with Questroyal Fine Art for over a decade, where she worked on numerous exhibitions and catalogues, including Ralph Albert Blakelock: The Great Mad Genius Returns (2016). She studied art history at the University at Albany and earned a master’s degree in the same field from Pratt Institute. Nina has previously worked at the Putnam History Museum and Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum.

Into the Night by Ralph Albert Blakelock (1847–1919), image courtesy of Questroyal Fine Art
Into the Night by Ralph Albert Blakelock (1847–1919), image courtesy of Questroyal Fine Art