Celebrating the Work of a 100-Year-Old Illustrator

It should be a grand old time tomorrow night at the Museum of the City of New York. That’s because among those expected for the McCauley “Mac” Conner exhibit opening night party is the man himself, age 100.


From the exhibit notes:

Conner 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.

More than 70 works like the one above will be on view, through January 10. Unlike many artists from the “Mad Men era,” Conner has been able to maintain a great record of his work at his apartment on Fifth Avenue. When he spoke recently to New York Times reporter Stuart Elliott, he said he was humbled by the attention:

Conner was a lively presence, offering observations mixed with jokes and encouraging remarks about his favorite team, the Yankees. “Never, never. I never expected this,” he said of the exhibition.

Museum admission is $10 for adults, $6 for students/seniors and $20 for families. Children under the age of 13 get in free.

[1958 Redbook illustration by Conner via: mcny.org]

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