How Do You Love Me MacConner, 1950. Courtesy of MCNY

How Do You Love Me MacConner, 1950. Courtesy of MCNY

Mac Conner:
A New York Life

Distinguished Illustrator Series

March 19 through June 5, 2016

Don’t miss the Mad for Mac! Preview Cocktail Party or the
Exhibition Opening Party


This lively installation that brings to light the art of one of America’s original “Mad Men” explores the life and times of McCauley (“Mac”) Conner (born 1913), who grew up admiring Norman Rockwell magazine covers in his father’s general store. He arrived in New York as a young man to work on wartime Navy publications and stayed on to make a career in the city’s vibrant publishing industry. The exhibition presents Conner’s hand-painted illustrations for advertising campaigns and women’s magazines like Redbook and McCall’s, made during the years after World War II when commercial artists helped to redefine American style and culture. This exhibition is organized by the Museum of the City of New York and co-sponsored by The Modern Graphic History Library at Washington University in St. Louis and the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies at the Norman Rockwell Museum.

Also Showing:
RECENT ACQUISITION EXHIBITION
Joe De Mers: American Glamour

Presenting a newly acquired collection of captivating art by Joe De Mers, (1910-1984) a prolific Post-War illustrator whose glamorous women graced the covers and pages of America’s major magazines.
This special installation honors illustration champion and longtime Museum friend Carol Tinkelman (d. 2016).

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Press:

Paying Homage to an Illustrator From the Industry’s Golden Era – New York Times

A New York Life at the Museum of the City of New York – NBC New York

100-year-old Illustrator Gets First Solo Show – New York Post

Exhibit Highlights Selling of Suburbia – Wall Street Journal

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Image Credits:

Illustration for “Let’s Take a Trip Up the Nile” in This Week Magazine, November 5, 1950 • Gouache and graphite on illustration board • © Mac Conner. Courtesy of the artistIllustration for “The Girl Who Was Crazy About Jimmy Durante” in Woman’s Day, September 1953 • Gouache and ink on illustration board • © Mac Conner. Courtesy of the artist

Illustration for “Killer in the Club Car” in This Week Magazine, November 14, 1954 • Ink and acetate on illustration board • © Mac Conner. Courtesy of the artist

Illustration for “Where’s Mary Smith?” in Good Housekeeping, June 1950 • Gouache and gesso on masonite • © Mac Conner. Courtesy of the artist

Illustration for “There’s Death for Remembrance” in This Week Magazine, November 13, 1953 • Gouache and ink on illustration board • © Mac Conner. Courtesy of the artist

Illustration for “The Trouble With Love” in Good Housekeeping, August 1952 • Gouache on illustration board • © Mac Conner. Courtesy of the artist

Illustration for “All The Good Guys Died” in Cosmopolitan, January 1951 • Gouache on paper on illustration board • © Mac Conner. Courtesy of the artist

Illustration for “Strictly Respectable” in Redbook, August 1953 • Gouache on illustration board • © Mac Conner. Courtesy of the artist

Illustration for “Hold On Tight” in Redbook, March 1958 • Gouache on illustration board • © Mac Conner. Courtesy of the artist

Mac Conner: A New York Life was developed by the Museum of the City of New York and co-sponsored by the Modern Graphic History Library, Washington University in St. Louis, the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies/Norman Rockwell Museum.

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