Bruce McCall’s New York at New-York Historical Society, April 23 – August 15, 2021

“Showcasing the vibrant and humorous work of the prolific artist, Bruce McCall’s New York presents colorful visions of a fantastical version of New York City—where pterodactyls fly down Central Park West, King Kongs wait to audition for the role of a lifetime, rooftop farms reach far up into the sky, and ubiquitous orange parking tickets are part of the fall foliage. On view in the Pam and Scott Schafler Gallery at the New-York Historical Society and curated by Associate Curator of Exhibitions Cristian Petru Panaite, Bruce McCall’s New York features more than 40 zany paintings that transport visitors to an often retro-futuristic New York and invite them to ponder what the city is or could be.

Canadian-born author and artist Bruce McCall (b. 1935), who moved to New York City in 1964, has contributed to virtually every prominent magazine in North America, including Esquire and Vanity Fair, and was a member of the original National Lampoon. McCall has been a regular contributor to The New Yorker, where he has created more than 75 covers over four decades, a third of which are on display along with several never-before-seen progress drawings.” — New-York Historical Society

Bruce McCall, Polar Bears on 5th Avenue, 2013. Cover for The New Yorker, January 13, 2014. Gouache on board. Collection of John Freund and Linda Grais. Image courtesy of Bruce McCall.
Bruce McCall, Open Season, 2011. Cover for The New Yorker, November 7, 2011. Gouache on board. Collection of Lisa Ford. Image courtesy of Bruce McCall.
Bruce McCall, Easter Morning, 1999. Cover for The New Yorker, April 5, 1999. Gouache on board. Collection of Barbara and Frank Peters. Image courtesy of Bruce McCall.
Bruce McCall, Zepp-Liner Over Manhattan, 2001. From “New York’s Transportation Future Is Coming Tomorrow,” The New Yorker, February 19, 2001. Gouache on board. Collection of Bruce McCall. Image courtesy of Bruce McCall.
Bruce McCall, King Kong Call, 1994. Cover for The New Yorker, January 23, 1995. Gouache on board. Collection of the Goodman Family. Image courtesy Bruce McCall.
Bruce McCall, Drawing stage for “Times Square Pasture,” 201. Pastel and ink on paper. Collection of Bruce McCall.
Bruce McCall, Opening Day, 2009. Cover for The New Yorker, March 30, 2009. Gouache on board. Collection of Lisa Ford. Image courtesy of Bruce McCall.
New York to the World mural as seen from 8th Avenue, ca. 2005. Image courtesy of Bruce McCall.
Bruce McCall, Moving Day, 2015. Cover for The New Yorker, February 2, 2015. Gouache on board.Collection of Ron Chernow. Image courtesy of Bruce McCall.
Bruce McCall at his drawing board working on Moving Day, 2015. Courtesy of Bruce McCall.

Images courtesy New-York Historical Society.