47 Fifth: up close and personal through photographs



Jan 15 - Mar 26, 2023
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Smith library


Salmagundi Library Committee

Exhibition Hours

Monday – Friday | 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Saturday – Sunday | 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM


Open to the public
Free to attend

Anthony Bellov, Stairs up, black and white photograph of staircase spiraling up at Salmagundi Club

Taken during research for his series of talks exploring the architectural details and clues of past use of the Salmagundi Clubhouse, these highly personal images of oft-overlooked aspects of the building excite and challenge the viewer to explore their own perceptions and assumptions of this unique structure.

The Salmagundi Club’s Smith Library presents a one-person show, 47 Fifth: Up Close and Personal Through Photographs, images by architectural historian (and Club member) Anthony Bellov.

About the artist

Multi-faceted Anthony Bellov is an award-winning videographer, pianist, tenor, singing instructor, and architectural historian with a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Pratt Institute and a master’s in Museum Leadership from Bank Street College of Education. His video explorations of the world-renown Merchant’s House Museum, in New York’s NoHo have generated great excitement among historic house and architectural preservation advocates. He says, “Successful architecture is a happy manifestation of function expressed as geometry and detail.” Through his still images of buildings, Bellov explores the overarching balance of form with the radiant exclamation point of detail.

His on-going series of talks examining the architectural clues of the former lives of 47 Fifth Avenue (the 1853 mansion now serving as the Salmagundi Clubhouse) dig deeply into what the intentions of the earlier designers, builders, and occupants were, both original and subsequent. His images intentionally challenge the viewer to examine their own relationship with the building and how it informs their experience of the space.

This is his first solo photographic exhibition and the premier exhibition of these intimate photographs of this historic structure. His on-going series of illustrated public talks: “Before Salmagundi: The Evolution of an 1853 Fifth Avenue Mansion” is accessible on YouTube.

January 17, 2022, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Reception & talk is open to the public
Eventbrite RSVP required to attend
Up to 100 people

FREE to attend

Free soft drinks and platters

Drinks for sale in Wiggins bar
(card only, no cash)
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