The Al Hirschfeld Foundation and City Winery have joined forces for a new exhibition, titled Hirschfeld's Music. The project will showcase decades of music history via the pen of late iconic caricaturist Al Hirschfeld, from Elvis and Diana Ross to Celine Dion and Mick Jagger.
The exhibition will launch with a special live event September 18 at 7:30 PM, with Hirschfeld Foundation Creative Director David Leopold leading a live multimedia presentation. The event will share stories from Hirschfeld's legendary career, including how he helped Duke Ellington deal with racism on tour and what happened hanging out with Aerosmith in the recording studio.
Artwork on display in the exhibition will be available for purchase from City Winery, with proceeds supporting the Hirschfeld Arts Curriculum program. The Winery is also exclusively offering 12 collectable wine bottles featuring Hirschfeld's drawings of Mick Jagger, The Greatful Dead, Aerosmith, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, John Lennon, Prince, Crosby Still and Nash, and Alicia Keys.
"We are delighted to be working with City Winery to share Al Hirschfeld’s love of music," says Leopold. "Hirschfeld was a serious hot jazz fan in his youth, and he never lost his passion for music throughout his whole life. One of his first jobs was as a song plugger on the night boat to Albany. He drew so many album covers over the years that some used record shops simply have Hirschfeld cover sections. You don’t get many people who can say that they help Django Reinhardt get his first recording date and also find themselves in the studio with Aerosmith. Hirschfeld’s strong connection to music has never been explored…until now."
One of the most iconic artists of the 20th century, Hirschfeld is perhaps most known for his unique style capturing Broadway shows and personalities. But the artist turned his pen to all forms of art throughout his long career, as City Winery will showcase. His art is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney, the National Portrait Gallery, and Harvard's Theater Collection. In 2003, the Martin Beck Theatre was renamed the Al Hirschfeld, which currently houses Moulin Rouge! The Musical.
For more information on the exhibition and the September 18 live event, visit CityWinery.com.