Visiting the Museum of Illustration + a Lenox Hill Walking Tour
Time & Location
About The Event
This event includes a visit to a most unique museum and organization in a townhouse filled with art and illustration, even a restaurant and bar! Admission is $7.00 and you can pay at the door. Note that we are getting a group discount. We may have a guide for our visit, this is not finalized yet which would result in $2 more per person.
Note: there is no elevator in this museum and there are 3 long flights of stairs in the building separating the exhibit floors.
Below is our schedule with along with a description of the Society of Illustrators and the historic building which it occupies.
11:00am - 12:30pm: Visiting the exhibits (note the museum opens at 11am).
There will four new exhibits to experience covering a wide range of artwork - drawings, cartoons, fashion, advertising and more! Link below for a description: https://www.societyillustrators.org/upcoming-exhibits
12:30pm - 1:15pm: Lunch at the restaurant on the premises (I will be posting the menu and food can be ordered in advance).
1:15pm - 2:30pm: Free guided walking tour of the nearby Lenox Hill neighborhood of the Upper East Side, which runs from 60th-77th Streets, between Lexington and 5th Avenues. It has elegant townhouses and mansions, fashionable Madison Avenue and a number of cultural institutions including The Frick Collection, Asia Society, Park Avenue Armory and the Americas Society.
ABOUT THE MUSEUM AND ITS HOST ORGANIZATION, THE SOCIETY OF ILLUSTRATORS: The Society of Illustrators’ mission is to promote the art of illustration, to appreciate its history and evolving nature through exhibitions, lectures and education, and to contribute the service of its members to the welfare of the community at large.
Founded in 1901, the Society is the oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of illustration in America. Notable Society members have been N.C. Wyeth, Rube Goldberg, and Norman Rockwell, among many others.
The Museum of Illustration was established in 1981 and offers year-round themed exhibits, art education programs and annual juried competitions. Their Permanent Collection houses 2,500 pieces that are cataloged for scholarly use and displayed periodically. In 2012, the MoCCA Gallery was created with a focus on curated exhibits of comic and cartoon art.
The Society of Illustrators is located at 128 East 63rd Street in a graceful, five-story townhouse on a quiet residential block on the Upper East Side. Originally a carriage house built in 1875 for William P. Read, a personal secretary for financier J.P. Morgan.
Today, the building hosts not only many Society membership activities, but also lectures, drawing opportunities for professionals and students, art competitions, publications and gifts, beautiful and informative exhibitions, and more, all in service to the art of illustration as set out in 1901 by the first members of the Society of Illustrators in their Mission Statement.