This comprehensive and lively installation explores the work of one of America’s original “Mad Men.” McCauley (“Mac”) Conner (born 1913) created advertising campaigns for a variety of products during the decade when the advertising industry was at its height and centered on Madison Avenue. His illustrations for leading women’s magazines such as Redbook and McCall’s animated a wide range of popular literature, from romantic fiction and detective stories, to topics of import such as Cold War anxiety and juvenile delinquency. His work is a “time capsule” of an era when commercial artists helped to redefine American style and culture.
The Original Mad Man: Illustrations by Mac Conner 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. This exhibition is made possible by the Edgar A. Thronson Foundation Illustration Exhibition Fund. | Image: Illustration for “How Do You Love Me” in Woman’s Home Companion, August 1950. Mac Conner (born 1913). Gouache on illustration board. © Mac Conner. Courtesy of the artist.