For nine decades, Al Hirschfeld’s art defined the world of the performing arts primarily through his drawings of productions on Broadway and in Hollywood. He captured the first half century of television and recorded more musicians than any record, CD, or mp3. Now, a unique gallery of his drawings and prints comes to Manchester for a limited time. The Al Hirschfeld Foundation, in partnership with Art Manchester and THE MILL in East Arlington, presents a pop-up gallery of some of the immortal artist’s pieces in the center of town.
The Al Hirschfeld Foundation pop-up gallery will be located in the Art Manchester space at 4802 Main Street at the intersection of Main Street and Depot Street and open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and by appointment into October. Here, The Foundation will offer for sale a selection of the artist’s iconic works that spotlight entertainment figures in television, stage, and screen including works that have never been exhibited before. “Hirschfeld was the best at what he did,” says David Leopold, Creative Director for The Al Hirschfeld Foundation, “he was the only one who did what he did. We are bringing more than 50 works to Manchester for this special showing.”
The public is invited to an opening reception of The Al Hirschfeld Foundation exhibition on August 18th from 5pm to 7pm in the gallery. In attendance will be one of Hirschfeld’s subjects, Treat Williams, who is appearing in a stage performance of American Buffalo at Dorset Theatre Festival beginning on August 24th.