The Original Mad Man: Illustrations by Mac Conner

February 9, 2019 – May 12, 2019

The Original Mad Man: Illustrations by Mac Conner, a special exhibit organized by the Museum of the City of New York, featured the work of McCauley (Mac) Conner, one of the leading “Ad Men” of the 1950s and 60s. During this time, Conner’s captivating advertising and editorial illustrations graced the pages of major magazines, including Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Ladies’ Home Journal, Woman’s Day, and The Saturday Evening Post, helping shape the popular image of postwar America.

Over 70 original hand-painted illustrations, pastel sketches and ephemera from Conner’s private collection highlighted his illustration process. Correspondence with editors and art directors provided visitors with a glimpse inside the dynamic world of publishing at a time when the advertising industry was at its height and almost entirely on New York’s Madison Avenue. Conner and his “Mad Men” (Madison Avenue) contemporaries perfected the art of the sale and transformed American culture.

Exhibit Partner: The Museum of the City of New York

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