Exclusive! Reliving the Algonquin Round Table Through the Eyes and Pen of Al Hirschfeld

News   Exclusive! Reliving the Algonquin Round Table Through the Eyes and Pen of Al Hirschfeld
The Algonquin Round Table helped to define an era with their wit. Many of its members were friends and patrons who helped launch Al Hirschfeld in his nearly century-long career in which he recorded and defined so much of popular culture. Now, Al Hirschfeld returns to Algonquin with more than thirty friends to celebrate a century of art and performance, in a special lobby installation that runs through March 9, 2016.

The Algonquin Hotel Celebrates The Hirschfeld Century features over 30 over-sized Hirschfeld portraits depicting some of The Algonquin's most famous residents.  From the top of the lobby's iconic oak paneling up to the 22-foot high ceilings, the likes of John Barrymore, Harpo Marx, Tennessee Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, peer down at visitors.  The artwork for the hit musical, My Fair Lady, which was written in Lerner and Loewe's suite on the ninth floor of the hotel, will be shown.  The Round Table returns home at last as Hirschfeld's definitive portrait featuring Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, Alexander Woollcott, Edna Ferber, George S. Kaufman, Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt, and more,is displayed at the spot where the original vicious circle once gathered over spiked drinks and witticisms. Additionally, the installation features favorite Hirschfeld portraits of Charlie Chaplin, Elvis Presley, Carol Channing, John Lithgow, David Letterman, Jack Lemmon, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Laurel & Hardy, Fanny Brice & George Jessel, Frank Langella, Mary Martin, Issac Stern and more legendary Broadway, Hollywood and recording artists.

The art installation at The Algonquin Hotel coincides with the recent release of The Hirschfeld Century: Portrait of an Artist and His Age, published by Alfred A. Knopf, edited and with text by David Leopold. 

The hotel encourages all to share photos and memories with both the Algonquin and Hirschfeld Foundation.  Complimentary WiFi is available in the lobby and restaurant. Guests can use #AlgonquinHirschfeld to tag posts and share them with @AlgonquinNYC and @AlHirschfeld on Instagram and Twitter.


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