Who: The Historic New Orleans Collection with the Al Hirschfeld Foundation
What: “Drawn to Life: Al Hirschfeld and the Theater of Tennessee Williams,” an exhibition and catalogue
When: January 11–April 2, 2011
Gallery Hours: 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Tuesday–Saturday
Opening Reception: Friday, January 14, 4:30–6:30 p.m., 410 Chartres Street
Where: Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street, in the French Quarter
How: This exhibition is free and open to the public; details are available at www.hnoc.org.
*** Please remember to ring the bell to enter the Williams Research Center. ***
Why: In commemoration of the centennial of Tennessee Williams’s birth, The Historic New Orleans Collection and the Al Hirschfeld Foundation have collaborated to present “Drawn to Life: Al Hirschfeld and the Theater of Tennessee Williams.” The exhibition and companion publication bring together highlights from The Collection’s permanent holdings and dozens of drawings by the legendary artist.
Hirschfeld, a self-described “characterist,” was the foremost chronicler of Williams’s productions on and off Broadway for six decades. With his signature linear calligraphic style, Hirschfeld’s drawings compose a fascinating archive of the playwright’s career while capturing the personalities of the actors who portrayed his characters on stage and screen. The exhibition also includes correspondence, Playbills, and family photographs documenting Williams’s talent for drawing from life to create some of the most compelling characters in American theater history.
The exhibition marks the first time Hirschfeld’s drawings have been pulled from collections around the country to give an account of the work of Tennessee Williams. The companion catalogue includes a foreword by film critic Rex Reed and essays by cocurators Mark Cave of The Collection and David Leopold of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation.
“Drawn to Life: Al Hirschfeld and the Theater of Tennessee Williams” will be on view in the Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street, January 11–April 2, 2011. Gallery hours are 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Tuesday–Saturday; no admission is charged. An opening reception will be held Friday, January 14, when gallery hours will be extended until 6:30 p.m., followed by a cocktail reception at 533 Royal Street until 8 p.m. Visit www.hnoc.org for information on other programming.