The historic Salmagundi club will open its doors to the 145th Annual Black & White Exhibition. The show of black and white or monochromatic sepia drawings, graphics, photographs, paintings, and sculptures is a juried members’ exhibition.
The first Annual black & white exhibition at the Salmagundi Club took place in 1878, only a few short years after the Club was formed. It provided a rich catalogue of the artists of the day, and interestingly enough, exhibitors did not originally need to be members to participate. As the public’s interest in illustration grew, these exhibitions provided artwork for a variety of purposes, and many of the works initially shown in these shows went on to be published in the burgeoning magazine market of the late 19th century. The black and white exhibition has taken place yearly since then.
Founded in 1871, The Salmagundi Club is one of the oldest art clubs in the U.S., with a past membership that included Louis Comfort Tiffany, Stanford White, William Merritt Chase and Childe Hassam. Today, the Club has over 1,000 members worldwide.
The Club’s four-story townhouse consists of three art galleries, a library, parlor, dining room, and bar area. And we think this might be the only townhouse on Fifth Avenue from Washington Square Park all the way up to Marcus Garvey Park on 120th Street.
In addition to its historic art collection, the Club also displays a historic palette collection, vintage monotype printing presses, a unique mug collection, and rare Union League pool tables in the lower gallery that members regularly use.
The Club offers weekly art classes open to the public in every medium. They often hold talks and events, such as these favorites, a conversation between Carole Teller and GVSHP Executive Director, Andrew Berman for the event, “Carole Teller’s Changing New York: A Close Up on the Photos and the Photographer,” the Louis Comfort Tiffany Centennial Lecture. and Bar Historians in Conversation: McSorley’s and Julius. They are open seven days a week from 1:00-5:00 when exhibits are on view.
The 145th Annual Black & White Exhibition will be on view from January 31 to February 25, 2022 at Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue, between 11th and 12th Streets in NYC.
Looking back at Salmagundi Club celebrating 100 years.