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Art Break: ‘All The World’s A Stage’ For Hilary Knight

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, August 14, 2017

This week, our focus is on Hilary Knight, an artist with a wide ranging career in book illustration, stage and costume design, and writing. From his expressive pen came Eloise, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, Wallace, the Algonquin Cat, and so many other characters, each with their own quirks and charms. His work for the Broadway stage is beautiful; giving shows an instant identity that transcends time. The uptown pick of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center has a wonderful exhibit of Knight’s theater creations from advertising to stage sets. His designs would meet with the irrepressible Eloise’s approval — as she would say, “Getting bored is not allowed”!

Entrance Wall to Hilary Knight Exhibit at NYPL; photo: Jonathan Blanc/The New York Public Library.

For our bonus tip, stroll on up to the Eloise exhibit at the New-York Historical Society, located at 77th Street and Central Park West. They offer a pay-what-you-wish entry on Friday evenings from 6-8 pm; for more details about the show click here.

All gallery listings are free admission.

Art Break Downtown:

Where: The Shelia C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons School of Design, 66 Fifth Avenue (13th Street)

When: Now through September 3, Mon – Wed: 12-6, Thurs: 12-7:45, Fri – Sat: 12-5:45, closed Sun

Who: Memory is a Tough Place

What: Images drawn mostly from The New School Art Collection

Why: A group show examining issues race and social justice

Art Break Chelsea:

Where: Cheim & Read, 547 West 25th Street

When: Now through August 31, Tues-Sat: 10-6

Who: The Horizontal

What: Group show exploring a single element of artistic creation

Why: Exploring the concept of horizontal shaping in abstraction

Art Break Midtown (up to 59th Street, East or West):

Where: Times Square Arts, Duffy Square (46th Street and 7th Avenue)

When: Now through September 5, open 24hrs

Who: Aman Mojadidi: Once Upon A Place

What: Sound installation inside phone booths

Why: Immigrant stories that touch a universal chord of empathy

Art Break Above 60th Street (East or West):

Where: New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza (either enter via Amsterdam Avenue and 63rd Street or use the Lincoln Center side, the library is to the right of the Metropolitan Opera House, towards the back of the plaza)

When: Now through September 1, Mon: 10:30-8, Tue – Wed: 10:30-6, Thur: 10:30-8, Fri – Sat: 10:30-6

Who: Hilary Knight’s Stage Struck World

What: Exhibit about the love affair Knight has had with theater in all its aspects

Why: The sheer beauty and joy of the drawings, illustrations, stage sets and costumes will lift your spirits

Cover: A featured display of Hilary Knight exhibition at NYPL; photo: Jonathan Blanc/The New York Public Library.


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