Al Hirschfeld (1903-2003) brought a set of visual conventions to the
task of performance portraiture when he made his debut in 1926. His
signature work, defined by a linear calligraphic style made his name a
verb to be "Hirschfelded" was a sign that one has arrived. Now for the
first time, nine decades of his art are collected in The Hirschfeld
Century: The Art of Al Hirschfeld documenting Hirschfeld's life and
career and, to a great extent, the history of the performing arts in the
twentieth century and beyond.
The Hirschfeld Century: The Art of Al Hirschfeld examines his
influences, his iconography, and his techniques, from his earliest works
to his last drawings. Visitors will have the opportunity to trace this
unique artist's evolution by viewing his own body of work, including
drawings, paintings, selections from sketchbooks, ephemera, and video.
The exhibition is being organized in partnership with the Al Hirschfeld
Foundation and is guest-curated by David Leopold, the Foundation's
Location: New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West between 76th and 77th Street