[Al Hirschfeld Photo] Photo by Nancy Rica Schiff from her book A Celebration of the 80's.

Al Hirschfeld Foundation

The mission of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation is to promote interest in the theater and dramatic arts by supporting not-for-profit museums, libraries, theaters and similar cultural institutions. The Foundation fulfills its mission by making grants to such organizations, by mounting exhibitions of Al Hirschfeld’s artworks at museums and other venues and by donating or lending Al Hirschfeld’s artworks to such organizations.

The Foundation is managed by a board of directors led by Lynn Surry, President.

The Foundation maintains an extensive collection of Hirschfeld artworks and lends pieces to institutions all over the world. Papers from the first half-century of Hirschfeld’s career are held by the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. The Harvard Theatre Collection holds the largest public collection of Hirschfeld art and ephemera. There are also significant holdings at the Library of Congress, the National Portrait Gallery, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Since 2003, the Foundation has organized or assisted in organizing exhibitions and/or installations of Hirschfeld artwork in Europe and North America to explore a variety of themes. The exhibitions and installations have been presented at:

Art Students League, New York
San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum
Victoria and Albert Theater Museum, London
London’s National Theater
The Historic New Orleans Collection, New Orleans, LA
Chris Beetles Gallery, London
Frye Art Museum, Seattle
The Charlotte Public Library, North Carolina 
Arena Stage, Washington, DC 
Sheldon Art Gallery, St. Louis, MO
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, New York
The Studio Museum of Harlem
The Film Society of Lincoln Center (2 exhibitions)
Art Directors Club, New York
Academy of Arts and Letters, New York
Filmmuseum Frankfurt
New York Botanical Garden, New York, NYFilmmuseum Berlin
Segal Center for the Performing Arts, Montreal 
Society of Illustrators, New York, NY
Shaw Festival, Canada
Symphony Space, New York 
NYU Skirball Center, New York , NY
The Historic New Orelans Collection
The New York Historical Society

In addition, Hirschfeld artwork has been included in a number of exhibitions all over North America.

For inquiries, contact the Foundation at info@alhirschfeldfoundation.org


The Foundation is compiling a comprehensive catalogue of Al Hirschfeld's works in private and public collections. If you own works by Hirschfeld, or know of works in other collections, please contact the Foundation. Your name will be kept confidential if you wish. The Foundation would also like to hear from anyone with correspondence from the artist or personal reminiscences.

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