Past digital exhibition
May 5, 2020 to June 6, 2020

In the world of the theater, the one-person show is perhaps the closest thing to having it all, a supreme test of assurance and ability; of magnetism and charisma. The format is both seductive and frightening; there’s no one to play against, to lean on, to share the criticism. But for an actor, if there is no one else to take the blame, there is also no one to share the credit with as well. The applause at the end is for only one performer.

Many solo shows are either biographical or autobiographical. Yet if they are alone on stage, oftentimes the individual performer must create a cast of characters to bring their monodrama to life. We might forget that in the Belle of Amherst, Julie Harris was called on to create 15 characters. In Patrick Stewart’s Christmas Carol he performed even more. Whoopi Goldberg seemed to create a city full of personalities.

In many ways they are all caricatures in the sense they have exaggerated elements of their subject to bring a whole life or simply a story to life. So in essence, Al Hirschfeld, the ultimate solo artist, is the ideal portraitist for this unique form of theater. As these times currently require us to all to be solo acts, we invite you into the world of the solo performance as seen through the eyes and pen of Hirschfeld.

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Past exhibition
Hirschfeld at the Harmonie Club
Special event for Al Hirschfeld Foundation friends, December 11, 2019
» The Harmonie Club, NY, NY
October 10, 2019 to February 2, 2020

The Al Hirschfeld Foundation has partnered with the venerable Harmonie Club in New York to mount an exclusive exhibition of prints and drawings for their members. In addition to the 23 pieces in the show ranging from the original cast drawing of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit to an etching of Albert Einstein, there is an ongoing series of special events including talks, a Sunday brunch featuring "Where's NINA?" newspapers filled with drawings; a special night featuring performers such as Dana Ivey (drawn seven times) discussing what is what like to be drawn by Hirschfeld in different performances; and a special holiday pop up gallery which will feature even more prints and drawings.

On December 11, 2019, the Harmonie Club will host a special afternoon and evening that will bring even more lithographs and etchings to the Club, just in time for the holiday season. Hirscfheld Foundation friends who RSVP (details below) will also be able to view the special pop-up and the exhibition on the evening of December 11. 

To see this special exhibition or attend events, please contact us at We hope to see you at the Harmonie.