Mac Conner: A New York Life

The New York story of one of the original 'Mad Men'

When, Where

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Our spring exhibition features over 70 original works by McCauley 'Mac' Conner, one of the defining illustrators of America's golden age of advertising.

This is the first time the work of one of New York’s original 'Mad Men' has been the subject of a major exhibition in the UK.

In the 1940s - 1960s, Conner's captivating advertising and editorial illustrations graced the pages of major magazines and helped shape the image of postwar America. One of the influential group of commercial artists at the heart of Manhattan's thriving advertising and publishing scene, Conner's hand-painted illustrations capture the style and spirit of a pivotal era in American history.

Mac Conner: A New York Life presents Conner's published work alongside reference photos and preliminary designs, a selection of fiction stories accompanied by illustrations from Conner and his contemporaries, advertising tearsheets for major clients such as Ford, United Airlines and AT&T, correspondence letters with editors and art directors and more - presenting a window on the dynamic world of the illustrators who created the look of a generation.

Image gallery

Press

'Meet the real Don Draper' - Daily Telegraph
'Mac Conner: Painting the original Mad Men' - Channel 4 News
'Cool, colourful and classy - don't miss' - Good Housekeeping
'Original "Mad Men" artist comes to London' ★★★★★ - Londonist
'A new exhibition celebrates the work of era-defining illustrator' - City A.M.
'Mac Conner: A New York Life' - Time Out
'Mac Conner originals go on display at House of Illustration' - London Live

Acknowledgements

Generously supported by the Jeremy and John Sacher Charitable Trust.

Mac Conner: A New York Life was developed by the Museum of the City of New York and co-sponsored by the Modern Graphic History Library, Washington University in St. Louis, the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, and the Norman Rockwell Museum.