Al Hirschfeld Exhibit Celebrates Black History Month

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Al Hirschfeld Exhibit Celebrates Black History Month
Josephine Baker by Al Hirschfeld

Al Hirschfeld was a legendary artist, known for his stylized line drawings of performers.

In honor of Black History Month, a wonderful curated exhibit celebrating black dancers drawn by this renowned caricaturist can be viewed at the Al Hirschfeld Foundation website through March 13.

Titled “Amplified Dignity: Black dancers drawn by Hirschfeld” this stunning virtual exhibit was curated by dance scholar, educator, choreographer, and dramaturg Melanie George. Melanie is the founder and director of Jazz Is…Dance Project and is associate curator at Jacob’s Pillow. View this excellent collection at Amplified Dignity

To hear my conversation with Melanie George and other fascinating people from the worlds of theatre and food, including a special segment on unique Valentine’s weekend experiences, tune in to “Bagels and Broadway” this Sunday at 2 PM on WNYM Radio. Available on podcast following the broadcast.


  • Five-time Billboard Award-winning media personality Valerie Smaldone is a theatre, food, lifestyle and entertainment enthusiast. She is a celebrity interviewer, accomplished voice-over artist and actress. Recent appearances on episodic tv include Law and Order, Criminal Intent, The Other Two (on HBO Max), Tommy, Manifest and Blue Bloods. She is an audiobook narrator and producer. A live event emcee, moderator, and "Voice of God" at events and award ceremonies, Valerie has joined The Story Plant Entertainment Company and is currently working on a film and Broadway play. Visit her website at

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