Main Street to Madison Avenue

April 21 – June 23

Our celebration of the 1950s and 1960s continued with our Spring 2017 exhibition, Main Street to Madison Avenue. The exhibition highlighted many of the most significant illustrators, photographers and designers that lived and worked in Westport in the 50’s-70’s, and who left an indelible mark on contemporary art and culture through their creative art in advertising.

The exhibition featured two bodies of work with radically different motivations: paintings, illustrations and photography commissioned by Madison Avenue advertising agencies for iconic commercial branding and advertising campaigns – many of which originated in Westport – alongside works from the well-known Pop Art and Contemporary artists who appropriated this advertising imagery.

On view were original art and advertisements from renowned Westport illustrators such as Bernie Burroughs, Steven Dohanos and Bernie Fuchs, alongside works by contemporary artists, like  Andy Warhol, Walter Robinson and Jonathan Horowitz, who were directly influenced by the iconic design and aesthetic of that era.