“The Hirschfeld Century: The Art of Al Hirschfeld” Exhibition

The New-York Historical Society

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The New-York Historical Society presents a retrospective of acclaimed portraitist Al Hirschfeld (1903-2003), who immortalized celebrities and Broadway productions with his iconic linear calligraphic drawings for nine decades. The Hirschfeld Century: The Art of Al Hirschfeld, will feature more than 100 original drawings, from the artist’s early work for Hollywood studios to his last drawings for the New York Times. Highlights include classic portraits of Charlie Chaplin, Carol Channing, Ella Fitzgerald, Jane Fonda, and Ringo Starr, as well as cast drawings from such landmark productions as “Fiddler on the Roof,” “West Side Story,” and “The Glass Menagerie.”

The exhibition was organized by Louise Kerz Hirschfeld, President of The Al Hirschfeld Foundation, and the New-York Historical Society, and was curated by David Leopold, Archivist of The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. In conjunction with the exhibition, Alfred A. Knopf will publish the first in-depth study of Hirschfeld’s art. Written by David Leopold, The Hirschfeld Century: Portrait of an Artist and His Age (May 2015) is a comprehensive look at Hirschfeld’s career. The book includes more than 300 illustrations, with m



from May 22, 2015 to October 12, 2015


Al Hirschfeld

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