Oct 20, 2023

Raise A Glass With Hirschfeld

City Winery releases limited edition wine with Hirschfeld labels

The Al Hirschfeld Foundation and City Winery have joined forces for Hirschfeld's Music, whichi includes a new exhibition, live events, and exclusive wines featuring Hirschfeld artwork on their labels. The project will showcase decades of music history via the pen of Hirschfeld, from Elvis and Diana Ross to Celine Dion and Mick Jagger.

The exhibition is enhanced with a special live event on November 20th with Hirschfeld Foundation Creative Director David Leopold leading a live multimedia presentation. While stunning Hirschfeld images appeared on a large screen on stage, Leopold shares stories from Hirschfeld's legendary career, including how he helped Duke Ellington deal with racism on tour and what happened hanging out with Aerosmith in the recording studio.  Get tickets for "Hirschfeld's Music Live" November 20th at City Winery now. 

28 pieces of Hirschfeld music related woks—ranging from from portraits of Bob Dylan and Louis Amstrong;  unique prints of Billy Joel, Reba McEntire, and Linda Ronstadt signed by their subjects; and a quartet of prints from Hirschfeld's Harlem series—are on display and are available for purchase from City Winery, with proceeds supporting the Hirschfeld Arts Curriculum program.

The Winery is also exclusively offering 12 collectable wine bottles featuring Hirschfeld's drawings of Mick Jagger, The Grateful Dead, Aerosmith, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, John Lennon, Prince, Crosby Still and Nash, and Alicia Keys. The wine is City Winery's Pinot Noir, 2020 made from California grapes in their winery. This wine's description says it "greets you with impressive aromas of baking spice, wild strawberry jam, and crispy smoked pork." The wines will only be available for a limited time. 

"We are delighted to be working with City Winery to share Al Hirschfeld’s love of music," says Leopold. "Hirschfeld was a serious hot jazz fan in his youth, and he never lost his passion for music throughout his whole life. Even one of his first jobs was as a song plugger on the night boat to Albany. He drew so many album covers over the years that some used record shops simply have Hirschfeld cover sections. You don’t get many people who can say that they help Django Reinhardt get one of his first recording dates and also find themselves in the studio with Aerosmith a half century later. Hirschfeld’s strong connection to music has never been explored…until now."