On display through July 13, "In Character: Selected Portraits by Al Hirschfeld," as noted in a release, "celebrates one of the school's most notable alumni." The works are on loan from the Al Hirschfeld Foundation. Hirschfeld — The New York Times illustrator who died Jan. 20, 2003 at age 99 — was known for his distinct rendering of Broadway shows and stars. Becoming the subject of a Hirschfeld work would become somewhat of a theatrical benchmark. Hirschfeld was commemorated by the theatre community when the Martin Beck Theatre (at 302 West 45th Street) was renamed the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in June 2003.
The artist would often pen his daughter's name, Nina, into his work — eventually noting how many Ninas could be found with a number placed next to his signature.
Among the works in the exhibition include Babes in Arms, The Seven Year Itch and Two Gentlemen of Verona as well as caricatures of John Barrymore, Charlie Chaplin, Mick Jagger, the Beatles and the cast of "The Sopranos." Some of his early student drawings and samples of his work in lithography, collage and etching will also be on view.
The exhibit (free and open to the public) can be viewed at The League's Harriman Gallery (on the second floor) at 215 West 57th Street. For more information visit theartstudentsleague.org.