Sep 24, 2021
Remembering Arthur Gelb on the Re-opening of the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on Broadway

On the ocassion of the the re-opening of the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, Louise Hirschfeld recalls how it got that name

Arthur Gelb was a towering figure at The New York Times.  His autobiography City Room skillfully describes his ascent from copy boy to Managing Editor.

Al Hirschfeld and I adored Arthur.  From the time we married in 1996, we had some of the best dinner parties with Arthur and Barbara. Our table was a center of cultural and political conversation. He mesmerized us with the behind the scenes stories, that reporters already knew as legend.

When Al Hirschfeld approached his 100th birthday, Arthur and I assembled his celebration.  What to do for the foremost theatrical artist of the century. We had lunch at Sardis one afternoon, for inspiration, and later at the New York Times office we came up with the idea of a theatre named for the artist.

I suggested we contact Rocco Landesman, the president Of Jujamcyn Theatres.  With one phone call Arthur convinced Rocco of our plan, and within a week it was approved by the Jujamcyn Board.  The word was spreading on Broadway!

How to tell Al?  I asked Arthur to visit the studio as soon as possible. When we told him the news a look of absolute wonderment appeared on his face. It was pure joy, and tears were forming in his eyes. With a smile he said, “now I can join my colleagues Brooks Atkinson and Walter Kerr with a theatre naming….if you live long enough everything happens”

Sadly, Al did not live to see the new marquee go up over the former Martin Beck Theatre in June 2003. It now stands as a memorial for the legendary artist.

It brings good luck to all the productions on the stage. As Daniel Radcliffe told me,“It is an honor to appear In this theatre.”

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Oct 27, 2020
Remembering Marge Champion

 A Rememberance by Louise Hirschfeld

Marge Champion was all over the creative map… She was beautiful and kind inside and out.
Her energy was contagious. She danced with Gower her friend, husband, lover. Their special relationship as a dancing team exuded exquisite technique, lots of seduction and love. The MGM technicolor musicals are a lasting testament to their talent for dancing romance on the screen.

Oct 2, 2020
Hirschfeld Scores Big Legal Victory

The Al Hirschfeld Foundation (a not-for-profit organization) has successfully regained complete control of all of Al Hirschfeld's work and announced today that any and all relationships between it and Margo Feiden/The Margo Feiden Galleries (the Feiden Parties) are 100% terminated. The United States District Court, Southern District of New York has awarded The Al Hirschfeld Foundation a total of $452,767.62 in damages because the Feiden Parties breached the parties' 2000 settlement agreement and purloined a number of Hirschfeld original works. 

Oct 2, 2020
Hirschfeld Scores Big Legal Victory

The Al Hirschfeld Foundation (a not-for-profit organization) has successfully regained complete control of all of Al Hirschfeld's work and announced today that any and all relationships between it and Margo Feiden/The Margo Feiden Galleries (the Feiden Parties) are 100% terminated. The United States District Court, Southern District of New York has awarded The Al Hirschfeld Foundation a total of $452,767.62 in damages because the Feiden Parties breached the parties' 2000 settlement agreement and purloined a number of Hirschfeld original works. 

 

Jul 3, 2020
LOST IN THE STARS Black Theatre Makers Drawn By Hirschfeld

The Al Hirschfeld Foundation is proud to announce the latest in a series of online exhibitions exploring the work of one of the most iconic artists of the last century.

Dec 20, 2018
Support for the Al Hirschfeld Foundation

In September we had the pleasure of honoring our Founder and all-around wonderful person, Louise Hirschfeld Cullman in a special event at the National Arts Club. The starry evening was a terrific way to salute Louise and all she has accomplished for the Foundation and beyond, and it also proved to a very successful fundraiser, with proceeds nearly triple what was expected.