Photograph: Courtesy The Al Hirschfeld FoundationDeath of a Salesman, 1973
Photograph: Courtesy The Al Hirschfeld FoundationSelf portrait painting theatre seats, 1993
Photograph: Courtesy The Al Hirschfeld FoundationMen in White, 1971
Photograph: Courtesy The Al Hirschfeld FoundationMikhail Baryshnikov in Giselle, 1976
Photograph: Courtesy The Al Hirschfeld FoundationA Streetcar Named Desire. 1971
The drawing table and barber’s chair where renowned illustrator Al Hirschfeld once sat at home sketching have been on show in the lobby of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts for several years—and now a major part of his life’s work will be displayed as well. Over Hirschfeld’s eight-decade-plus career, his drawings, paintings, prints and posters appeared in The New York Times and The New Yorker, on postage stamps, and in MoMA and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The caricaturist was known for hiding the word NINA, after his daughter, in the hairstyles and sleeves of many of his portraits.