Drawn to Life: Al Hirschfeld and the Theater of Tennessee Williams
In commemoration of the centennial of Tennessee Williams’s birth, The Historic New Orleans Collection and the Al Hirschfeld Foundation collaborated to present Drawn to Life: Al Hirschfeld and the Theater of Tennessee Williams.
The exhibition and companion publication brought 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 included correspondence, programs, and family photographs documenting Williams’s talent for drawing from his life to create some of the most compelling characters in American theater history.
The exhibition marked 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 co-curators Mark Cave of The Collection and David Leopold of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation.
Drawn to Life: Al Hirschfeld and the Theater of Tennessee Williams was on view in the Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street, January 11–April 3, 2011.
Media coverage of Drawn to Life
Watch a Times -Picayune video of co-curtor David Leopold discussing the exhibition.
Read the Times-Picyaune’s article about the exhibition and view their slideshow of images.
January 11, 2011 – April 3, 2011
Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street