Mac Conner

A New York Life

September 10, 2014 - February 1, 2015

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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.


  • “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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