The panel discussion Seeing in the Dark was held on October 14, 2015, at The Salmagundi Club in New York, sponsored by the Newington-Cropsey Cultural Studies Center and moderated by Peter Trippi. The panel addressed the Bowdoin College Museum of Art’s exhibition Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860–1960, which Gail had recently reviewed for American Arts Quarterly.
Panelists, as listed in the program:
Joachim Homann is the curator of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick, Maine. He organized Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860–1960 as well as Maurice Prendergast: By the Sea and many other exhibitions of modern and contemporary American and international art.
Joseph McGurl is one of America’s leading landscape painters. Based on Cape Cod, he studied at the Boston Museum School, Massachusetts College of Art, University of London, and with the Boston School master, Robert Cormier.
Donald Demers is one of America’s leading marine painters; he became interested in this field during summers on the coast of Maine. After finishing an exemplary high-school art program, he furthered his education at the School of the Worcester Art Museum and the Massachusetts College of Art.
Leslie Lobell and Eric Timsak are based in New Jersey, where they collect contemporary American artworks, with a particular interest in nocturnes.
Gail Leggio, Ph.D., is Associate Editor and a regular contributor at American Arts Quarterly. She has written essays for The Architectural Capriccio (Ashgate, 2014) and The Re-Emergence of Realism (forthcoming), as well as many individual artists’ catalogues.
Peter Trippi has edited Fine Art Connoisseur since 2006. Previously, he directed New York’s Dahesh Museum of Art, which specialized in 19th-century European academic painting and sculpture. He previously held senior posts at the Brooklyn Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Art.