Video & Interviews Magda Katz

Anyone who spent part of their Sunday mornings counting “Ninas” – as well as anyone interested in theater history – should rush to the New York Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center to view “The Line King’s Library,” a celebration of the work of the late, great illustrator Al Hirschfeld, running October 17-January 4 at the Library’s Oenslager Gallery.

This remarkable multimedia exhibition features an astounding selection of Hirschfeld’s prints, posters, advertisements, personal papers and more, curated by the artist’s longtime colleague, David Leopold. Even if you never saw Robert Sherwood, Audrey Hepburn, or Jason Robards on the stage, screen, or in person, you will feel like you have once you’ve seen their likenesses.

And trust me, if you can find all 40 “Ninas” (named after the artist’s daughter) hidden in the drawing of Whoopi Goldberg near the entrance to the exhibit, you’re an expert extraordinaire. Enjoy!

– – – Brian Scott Lipton