May 9, 2016
Hirschfeld and the Algonquin Continues

"1954 movies"

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If you missed the five-month long celebration of The Hirschfeld Century at the famed Algonquin Hotel you missed something special. To spend time in that historic lobby surrounded by Hirschfeld art from his nine-decade career was something truly unique. Guests of course loved it, and there was a steady stream of off the street traffic as well to take it all in. It was something to see the place where the historic Round Table was, and above it, Hirschfeld’s classic portrait of the Algonquin wits.

Like all good things, it had to come to an end, but the good news is that there are still Hirschfelds to see in the hotel’s lobby. There you can see two Hirschfeld’s etchings: “Washington Gala,” a group portrait of all the performers who played a role in Lyndon B. Johnson’s inaugural, and a work that has a remarkable story to go with it.

“The Movies, 1954,” a fascinating history of the movies up until that time. Hirschfeld gathered groups of performers such as villains, clowns, leading men and ladies at different tables in an iconic work for a mural at the Fifth Avenue Cinema. The original drawing was later acquired by the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1960, and was published as limited edition etching in 1984.

Stop by the Algonquin to see these delightful works while they are on view, have a drink or a meal, and you may also want to say hello to Matilda the hotel’s cat, and now perhaps their most famous guest. 

May 9, 2016
Another Way to Get To Carnegie Hall

It takes more than practice to get to Hirschfeld’s Carnegie Hall. In an April 26th sale at Heritage Auctions, Hirschfeld’s original ink on board 1991 drawing, commissioned to celebrate the Hall’s centennial, and featuring more than 20 legendary personalities from Tchaikovsky to the Beatles, sold for a robust $57,500.

Apr 13, 2016
Memories of Anne Jackson

Anne Jackson and Eli Wallach were regular visitors to the Hirschfeld Dinners. They usually entertained afterwards by reciting a scene or a poem to everyone’s delight. They were loyal and loving to the great caricaturist who immortalized them in so many of their greatest theatrical hits.

Mar 16, 2016
Lynn Surry named New President of Al Hirschfeld Foundation

The Al Hirschfeld Foundation has announced that Lynn Surry has assumed the position of Foundation President. Surry began her association with the artist 30 years ago when she sold and marketed his work for more than 12 years. Hirschfeld and Surry became friends and even went to the theater together. She has been an Al Hirschfeld Foundation board member since 2011. Surry has been an associate of the late, noted Art Historian Dr.

Feb 15, 2016
More Hirschfelds Than You've Ever Seen Before

2015 was a banner year for al Hirschfeld and the Al Hirschfeld Foundation. Between the New York Historical Society exhibition and The Hirschfeld Century book published by Alfred A. Knopf, we were able to share hundreds of Hirschfeld artworks with audiences in New York and around the country. Now we are thrilled to announce that you can now see thousands of Hirschfeld artworks online at With our latest update, we have nearly 8,000 images online for visitors to see.

Feb 1, 2016
Yiddish Broadway

A new exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York, “New York’s Yiddish Theater: From the Bowery to Broadway,” opening March 9th explores the world of “Yiddish Broadway” found along Second Avenue on the Lower East Side of New York at the turn of the 20th Century.