Al Hirschfeld: Life & Legacy

Al Hirschfeld: Life & Legacy of the Great American Caricaturist

Al Hirschfeld’s drawings stand as one of the most innovative efforts in establishing the visual language of modern art through caricature in the 20th century. A self-described “characterist,” his signature work that was defined by a linear calligraphic style appeared in virtually every major publication for last nine decades. From his 75-year relationship with The New York Times to his numerous book and record covers (not to mention his 15 postage stamps), this is the story of one of the most prolific illustrators of the 20th century.

© The Al Hirschfeld Foundation

The New York Adventure Club presents a webinar led by David Leopold, Creative Director of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation — whose been studying the artist’s works for more than 30 years — of an our image-rich journey through the life and legacy of Al Hirschfeld.

Included will be:

  • An overview of Hirschfeld’s early years, and how a melting pot of diverse influences metamorphosed into Hirschfeld’s signature line
  • Where Hirschfeld had his decisive moment as an artist
  • A discussion surrounding how an “infantile prank” turned into “a national insanity” when Hirschfeld began to hide his daughter’s name in his drawings
  • Pivotal moments in Hirschfeld’s life, including how he helped Duke Ellington deal with racism on Ellington’s first national tour
  • Hirschfeld’s enduring impact on the arts, from why a Broadway theater was named for him to his continued influence in the world of animation
  • Rare photos from the Al Hirschfeld Foundation collection

70 tickets available
Wednesday, June 9
5 PM – 6:30 PM PDT

If you miss today’s presentation replay will be available to registered guests for a week.

Details here.