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NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS ARTIST
BRUCE McCALL’S COMEDIC AND RETRO-FUTURIST URBAN VISIONS,
AS SEEN IN THE NEW YORKER

Bruce McCall’s New York
On View April 23 – August 15, 2021

WHEN:

On view April 23 – August 15, 2021

WHAT:

Showcasing the vibrant and humorous work of the prolific artist, Bruce McCall’s New York presents colorful visions of a fantastical version of New York City—where pterodactyls fly down Central Park West, King Kongs wait to audition for the role of a lifetime, rooftop farms reach far up into the sky, and ubiquitous orange parking tickets are part of the fall foliage. On view in the Pam and Scott Schafler Gallery at the New-York Historical Society and curated by Associate Curator of Exhibitions Cristian Petru Panaite, Bruce McCall’s New York features more than 40 zany paintings that transport visitors to an often retro-futuristic New York and invite them to ponder what the city is or could be.

Canadian-born author and artist Bruce McCall (b. 1935), who moved to New York City in 1964, has contributed to virtually every prominent magazine in North America, including Esquire and Vanity Fair, and was a member of the original National Lampoon. McCall has been a regular contributor to The New Yorker, where he has created more than 75 covers over four decades, a third of which are on display. Along with several never-before-seen progress drawings, examples of McCall’s early work—including “Bulgemobile” and “Swillmart” ads from National Lampoon and “New York, Once Upon a Time” from Zany Afternoons—are also on view. Throughout the exhibition, choice quotes from the artist shed light on McCall’s artistic practice and inspiration.

Bruce McCall’s New York is generously supported by Andy Borowitz and Olivia Gentile, Ron Chernow, Steve Martin and Anne Stringfield, Graciela and Neal Meltzer, Daniel and Rebecca Okrent, and Lynn Povich and Stephen Shepard.

Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the Evelyn & Seymour Neuman Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. WNET is the media sponsor.

WHERE:

170 Central Park West (at 77th Street)

ABOUT
N-YHS:

The New-York Historical Society, one of America’s preeminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research and presenting history and art exhibitions and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered history of New York City and State and the country, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history. New-York Historical is also home to the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library, one of the oldest, most distinguished libraries in the nation containing more than ten million books, pamphlets, maps, newspapers, manuscripts, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings. It is also one of only 20 libraries qualified to be a member of the Independent Research Libraries Association.

FOR MORE INFO AND EXHIBITION ACCESS:

Ines Aslan, New-York Historical Society, 212.485.9263 / ines.aslan@nyhistory.org
Julia Esposito, Polskin Arts, 212.715.1643 / julia.esposito@finnpartners.com

IMAGE CAPTION: Bruce McCall, King Kong Call, 1994. Gouache on board. Collection of the Goodman Family. Image courtesy Bruce McCall.

 
Date: 
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Creative: Tronvig Group