Al Hirschfeld Exhibit Featuring Drafts, Sketches and Video Opens in NYC


Looking for something different to do this weekend? Then head to The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center and check out a new exhibit focusing on the works of legendary caricaturist Al Hirschfeld.

Entitled “The Line King’s Library,” the exhibition features a compilation of drafts, sketch books and journals. There’s also videos of Hirschfeld and his famous friends like Arthur Miller, Carol Channing, Carol Burnett and Zero Mostel talking about each other.

Throughout his lifetime, Hirschfeld created more than 10,000 drawings—not an easy feat for even the most successful artists. Being “Hirschfelded” was “akin to getting a Tony award,” the show’s guest curator, David Leopold, told the Associated Press. “It meant you had arrived.”

Hirschfeld, who died in 2003 at the age of 99, is best known his linear calligraphic caricatures of theater, dance and film personalities. His drawings appeared on various album covers, film posters and publications.