Hirschfeld’s American theatre

featuring David Leopold and Foster Hirsch in conversation

Jun 14, 2023
5:30 PM | Bar opens
6:30 PM | Program
7:30 PM | Dinner
skylight gallery
Open to Coffee House, Salmagundi members, and their guests
Eventbrite RSVP required
Program is FREE to attend
You will have the option of RSVP-ing for the event alone, or for both the event and dinner. A la carte dinner is paid separately (card only).
For any questions, please email Brittney at coffeehouseclub@hotmail.com

About the Event

Cover for The American Theatre as seen by Hirschfeld 1962-2002 featuring a Hirschfeld-esque cartoon of a bearded man painting the top of his head into existence.

Join Al Hirschfeld Foundation Creative Director David Leopold and Foster Hirsch as they discuss Hirschfeld’s unprecedented 76 year run on Broadway and how he helped to record and define the American theatre during those years. Images from nine decades of his theatre work will be included that will feature favorites as well as images that you may never have seen before.

Purchase David Leopold’s latest book: The American Theatre as seen by Hirschfeld 1962-2002


Ticketed guests are welcome to stay for dinner by indicating so in their Eventbrite RSVP.

There will be an a la carte menu to choose from with a $5 per glass Coffee House wine special. You can pay for your meal with a card or your membership account (no cash).

Meet the Author

David Leopold is an author and curator who has organized exhibitions for institutions around the country including the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge, and the Field Museum in Chicago. Internationally, he has curated shows for the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Filmmuseum in Frankfurt and Berlin. For more than thirty years he has been involved with the art of Al Hirschfeld. Beginning in 1990, Leopold organized the archive of Hirschfeld’s work for the artist, visiting him in his studio at least once a week for thirteen years. Leopold is now the Creative Director for the nonprofit Al Hirschfeld Foundation.

His book, The Hirschfeld Century: A Portrait of the Artist and His Age, published by Alfred A. Knopf to coincide with a major retrospective that Leopold curated for the New York Historical Society has won universal acclaim. The Washington Post called it an “instant classic,” and Amazon selected it for its “Top Books of 2015.” Leopold also co-hosts the Hirschfeld Century Podcast nominated as “Best New York City podcast” by the 2020 Apple Awards. His selected other books include David Levine’s American Presidents (Fantagraphics, 2008); Irving Berlin’s Show Business: Broadway-Hollywood-America, (Harry N. Abrams, 2005 and listed as a “Top Gift Pick” by the Boston Globe and New York Times); Hirschfeld’s Hollywood (Abrams, 2001). He has also authored a number of monographs on under-appreciated artists for various museums.

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