Sunday, June 21, 2009
Happy Birthday (106th) Al Hirschfeld - June 21 - Legend in Line
Eight years ago, Eileen Borgeson, Margo Feiden and I worked on a 98th birthday tribute for Al Hirschfeld. 48 Theater, Movie and TV Icons participated with Eileen Borgeson to create this Tribute Piece. The first public showing of this piece was in San Francisco at an event partially hosted by Louise Hirschfeld at the 'Hirschfeld Centennial' exhibit in San Francisco. Al Hirschfeld had passed away on January 20th, 2003. He had just finished Charlie Chaplin "The End".
The Tribute piece was showcased at the entrance with other artist proofs of Eileen's Hirschfeld's drawings in black glass, including: Bringing Up Baby, Casablanca, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Charlie Chaplin, Judy Garland, Einstein, Ginger Rogers & Fred Astaire and Ricki & Lucy. The pieces feature raised glass lines to accent his drawing lines offering actual shadows. The pieces were then hand oil painted.
Tribute participants, included: Whoopi Goldberg, Jack Lemmon, Valerie Harper, Mary Tyler Moore, Joel Grey, Cher, Phyllis Diller, Ed Asner, Polly Bergen, Charlie Rose, Ann-Margret, Lauren Bacall, Bea Arthur, Bernadette Peters, Steve Kroft, Ed Bradley, Leslie Stahl, Mike Wallace, Don Hewitt, Morley Safer, Betty White, Barbara Walters, Carol Channing, Natasha Richardson, Patrick Stewart, Debbie Reynolds, Dolores Hope, Bob Hope, Jason Alexander, Gregory Hines, Steve Martin, Bette Midler, Steve Tyler, Margo Feiden, Julie Andrews, Woody Allen, Tracy Ullman, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mel Brooks, Katharine Hepburn, Wendy Wasserstein, and Barbra Streisand.
Al Hirschfeld Museum Collections include: The Smithsonian Institute, National Portrait Gallery, Museum of Modern Art, Whitney, Museum of the City of New York, Lincoln Center Library and Brooklyn Museum.
Eileen was honored when told that her interpretations of his work in glass were the only ones from any other artist that Mr. Hirschfeld had liked.