Also at Fashion Week: Classic Magazine Illustrations From One of the Original Mad Men

|Brandon Carter

Magazine Hero Gets His Due with New Exhibit


Where's Mary Smith? published in Good Housekeeping, 1950. Photograph: Museum of the City of New York

“Where’s Mary Smith?” Published in Good Housekeeping, 1950.Photograph: Museum of the City of New York

You know the look. The illustrations that appeared in classic magazines and advertising of the post-war “Mad Men” era have a melodramatic allure — and a slight danger — about them that still captures the imagination.

One of the progenitors of that commercial art style is now getting is his due with a new retrospective opening at the Museum of the City of New York. Fittingly, “Mac Conner: A New York Life” opens Wednesday, Sept 10 during New York Fashion Week.

Conner came to New York during what many would consider print’s most glamorous years. His illustrations populated the leading women’s magazines of the day, like Redbook, Good Housekeeping and Cosmopolitanand he created work for brands  most-likely-to-be-referenced in a “Mad Men” episode, like General Motors and United Airlines.

The exhibit will run from Sept 10, 2014 – Jan 19, 2015. Visit MCNY’s site for more details.

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Brandon Carter

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Brandon Carter is a Content Specialist at Outbrain. He began his career as a staff journalist for the Maine weekly... Read more

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