MAC CONNER: A NEW YORK LIFE

The exhibition is billed as the New York saga of one of the original “Mad Men.” 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, are at the center of this vibrant display. The design boldly places large-scale black and white murals on two of the gallery walls, with a third lined in full-height mirror. Reflected against the urban backdrop of period buildings, the colorful drawings are simply framed on white walls. Explanatory text and background materials are on adjacent wood surfaces. Together these walls act as an archival presentation with clean lines that emphasize the dramatic nature of Conner’s content. Studio Joseph also produced all the related installation graphics and designed the accompanying show catalogue.