Mac Conner: A New York Life. Sept 10, 2014 - Jan 19, 2015

The New York saga of one of the original "Mad Men."

McCauley (“Mac”) Conner (born 1913) grew up admiring Norman Rockwell magazine covers in his father’s general store. He arrived in New York as a young man to work on wartime Navy publications and stayed on to make a career in the city’s vibrant publishing industry. The exhibition presents Conner’s hand-painted illustrations for advertising campaigns and women’s magazines like Redbook and McCall’s, made during the years after World War II when commercial artists helped to redefine American style and culture.

Co-sponsored by The Modern Graphic History Library at Washington University in St. Louis and the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies.

View Video

Watch an interview with Mac Conner featuring the 100-year-old illustrator's reflections on his remarkable career. This video was produced on May 7, 2014 in association with the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies at the Norman Rockwell Museum.

Public Programs

Today’s ‘Modern American Woman’: A Roundtable Discussion
Wednesday, December 10 at 6:30 pm
Join a group of communications and marketing industry leaders as they discuss how working women are portrayed today.

Free Family Program: Covering Conner
What is your favorite book about New York City? Bring it to the museum and create a book cover in the style of one of our city’s great illustrators: Mac Conner.

Free Family Program: MAD for Mac
Discover one of the real “Mad Men” through the hand-painted illustrations and magazine advertisements on view in the exhibition Mac Conner: A New York Life.

  • Press

    • “Paying Homage to an Illustrator from the Industry's Golden Era,” The New York Times
    • “A New York Life at the Museum of the City of New York,” NBC New York
    • “100-year-old Illustrator Gets First Solo Show,” New York Post
    • “One of NYC's Original 'Mad Men' Gets Own Exhibit,” Gothamist
    • “Exhibit Highlights Selling of Suburbia,” Wall Street Journal

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