From the Paley Archive: Al Hirschfeld and the Art of Television

Second Floor Gallery
Wednesdays to Sundays, 12:00 to 6:00 pm
The Paley Museum, 25 W 52 Street, NYC
FREE for Paley Members | Included in General Admission


The Paley Center is pleased to present an exhibit celebrating the work of legendary American caricaturist Al Hirschfeld, whose drawings reflected the unique personalities and larger than life presence of many of television’s most renowned entertainers and newsmakers. Here you will see a wide array of charismatic performers artfully captured in line: musical icons Judy Garland, The Beatles, and Diana Ross, such comedy greats as Bob Hope, Whoopi Goldberg, and Groucho Marx, as well as cherished TV series, notably I Love Lucy, The Golden Girls, and the Star Trek universe.

In the gallery room, we invite you to sit and watch the acclaimed 1996 documentary The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story. Written, produced, and directed by Susan Dryfoos, The Line King was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Then we invite you to go to the Paley Archive on the 4th Floor to watch the television work of the talented people captured by Hirschfeld and enjoy arts & crafts activity for the kids.  And don't forget the hunt for the NINAs!  Hirschfeld hid his daughter’s name NINA in most of the drawings he produced after her birth in 1945. Look for the capital letters in a sleeve, or a hairdo, or somewhere in the background.
Can you find them all? Come to Paley and discover.


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